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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Obamacare's Dumping Ground
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:11 AM :: 4097 Views :: Health Care

If President Obama—or anyone else—is expecting that Medicaid will be Obamacare’s salvation, look elsewhere....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
More Doctors Becoming Employees
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 2956 Views :: Health Care

An increasing number of doctors are moving to salaried hospital jobs, says the New York Times....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Is your baby carrying excess fat? Hawaii wants to know
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 PM :: 4459 Views :: Family, Health Care

Hawaii’s children may be adored by their parents, but all Hawaii government sees is their “body fat”....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
SB2147: Silver Alert
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:13 AM :: 4366 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

Modeled after the Maile Amber Alert, the Silver Alert uses the same voluntary partnership between local broadcasters, civil defense, police departments, and other state agencies....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
"Is there a way to allow a person to end his life without making someone else a criminal?"
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 AM :: 4249 Views :: Health Care, Life

...A (mainland) legislator considering an assisted suicide law asked me this question:  "Is there a way to allow a person to end his life without making someone else a criminal?"....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
She Dreamed Obamacare Was Harmless
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:24 PM :: 3729 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Shhh…keep quiet, or you’ll wake Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Report: Hawaii ranks worst for Obamacare signups
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:03 PM :: 4579 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Just 3,614 people enrolled in the state’s exchange, but the report does not disclose how many of those who registered also paid for their health care policies....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Hawaii Among 10 Least Expensive Insurance Markets
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 AM :: 3136 Views :: Health Care

This ranking is based on the lowest cost of a “silver” plan.... 

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
ObamaCare: Taxpayers Spend $56,819 To Sign Up Each Person In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 PM :: 4494 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Obama administration gave Hawaii $205 million in grants over the past three years to set up its state-run exchange....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Real Reason Health Spending Has Slowed
By NCPA @ 1:42 PM :: 2900 Views :: Health Care

President Obama tells us that "health care costs are growing at the slowest rate in 50 years."....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
How Shifting to Electronic Records Has Endangered Patient Privacy
By NCPA @ 12:38 PM :: 3018 Views :: Health Care

Policymakers should adopt privacy measures to protect patients from potential problems with electronic health records....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Obamacare Is So Great, We Just Can't Wait for You to… Oh.
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:21 AM :: 2871 Views :: Health Care

Hurting workers doesn’t play well in an election year.....

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Monday, February 10, 2014
Senator Sam Slom Appointed to Special Investigative Committee
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 4147 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...examining allegations of administrative abuses and an ongoing failure to provide a safe work environment at the Hawaii State Hospital....

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Monday, February 10, 2014
HIT Apologia
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 3315 Views :: Health Care

It doesn’t take long to figure out that people haven’t learned a blessed thing from flushing $20 billion down the toilet....

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Friday, February 7, 2014
Another $19.1M CIP for HHSC Hospitals
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 3190 Views :: Health Care

...replacements, renovations and upgrades to our aging infrastructure at several state hospital facilities....

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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Epic Fail: Where Four State Health Exchanges Went Wrong
By Selected News Articles @ 9:50 PM :: 3447 Views :: Health Care

"Last month, the Republican National Committee filed public-records requests in Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon seeking information about compensation and vacation time for the exchange directors, four of whom have resigned."

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Thursday, February 6, 2014
HI lawmakers: Obamacare exchange failures warrant state takeover
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:07 PM :: 3131 Views :: Health Care

Several House Democrats want the state to take over the Hawaii Health Connector, set up last year as a private, nonprofit....

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Explosive Report: How Obamacare Will Drive People Out of the Workforce
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:05 PM :: 4236 Views :: National News, Health Care

...the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a new estimate: Obamacare will cause the equivalent of 2.3 million people to stop working.....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Taxpayers Covering Insurance Companies' Losses
By NCPA @ 7:31 PM :: 4068 Views :: National News, Health Care

The federal government will reimburse insurers for 50 percent of any losses through the "risk corridors" in the Affordable Care Act....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
"I Don't Know How President Obama Thinks That He's Helping Us"
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 4120 Views :: National News, Health Care
“Was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation over and over, ‘If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance’?”
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Monday, February 3, 2014
Lagging Health Connector Launches New Ad Buy
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2996 Views :: Health Care

New advertisements, online tools and events have been designed to encourage uninsured residents to set appointments....

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Monday, February 3, 2014
HI lawmaker renews fight to end or revise controversial sex ed program
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:16 PM :: 6607 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care

...McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program....

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Sunday, February 2, 2014
LIUNA, UniteHere 'Bitterly Disappointed' With Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 4601 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The law imposes new costs and mandates on employer sponsors of health and welfare trust funds, but leaves irresponsible companies free of any obligation to contribute towards their employees' health insurance....

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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Feb 4-5: Pono Choices or Poor Choices?
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 9:11 PM :: 7603 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care

Board of Education (BOE) Hearing Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2014, 1:30 PM....

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Friday, January 31, 2014
Hawaii AG: Trans-Pac Partnership Endangers State Tobacco Revenues
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 4831 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

Attorney General David M. Louie joined 46 fellow state and territorial attorneys general in signing a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
When Government Keeps Teens from Seeing the Therapist
By Selected News Articles @ 10:26 PM :: 6413 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care

NOTE: Hawaii HB1789 is a Therapy Ban modeled on the laws discussed in this article....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Roosevelt HS Shooting: Failure of Mental Health Care System
By News Release @ 12:41 PM :: 9725 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Justice Reinvestment

...the suspect's mother describes the revolving door of mental health facilities and half-way houses through which her son has passed in the last year....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Six House Bills Address Failed Health Connector
By News Release @ 12:45 AM :: 3592 Views :: Health Care

...a package of bills intended to help the Hawaii Health Connector improve transparency and reliability and ensure the agencies financial stability....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
New Rules to Deprive Seniors of Drugs, Doctors
By NCPA @ 4:12 PM :: 3052 Views :: Health Care

CMS plans to save $144 million a year with these measures between 2015 and 2019....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Report: Hawaii Highway Safety Among Best in Nation
By News Release @ 10:28 AM :: 3931 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Annual Economic Cost Due to Motor Vehicle Crashes in Hawaii: $655 Million....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tobacco Control? Hawaii Scores 'A' for Taxes and Regulation, 'D' for Prevention
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 4894 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Beginning in fiscal year 2015, the distribution of tobacco settlement funds for tobacco prevention and control will return to 6.5 percent after being redirected into the general fund to offset budget deficits for the past several years....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Why They Marched, in Their Own Words
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:06 PM :: 5127 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care

...even Americans who oppose abortion may be forced to support it—through Obamacare....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Kuakini Hospital Refit to Cut Energy Bill by $1M/year
By News Release @ 5:25 AM :: 4194 Views :: Energy, Health Care

The Kuakini project is part of Metrus' $75 million commitment to the White House's Better Buildings Challenge....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Pono Choices Coming to Every Middle School Next Semester
By Selected News Articles @ 8:18 PM :: 5971 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

Pono Choices offers little to no information on sexual harassment, Sexually Transmitted Infections, their symptoms and consequences or single parenthood....

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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Hawaii: The Laughing Stock of Obamacare
By Selected News Articles @ 3:24 AM :: 6602 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...we have a handful of states that can only be described as the laughing stocks of Obamacare....

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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Audit: Hawaii Medicaid Loses $67M/yr Due to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 8053 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Recipients are automatically renewed for another year if they don't respond to the annual query....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
AARP Urges Passage of Caregiver Support Legislation
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 3284 Views :: Health Care

AARP Hawaii will ask lawmakers to support a bill requiring hospitals to formally acknowledge a patient’s family caregiver at the time of admission ....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Feds Compare Quality of Care at 17 Hawaii Hospitals
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 4864 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
OMB: $101B Spent on Incorrect Federal Payments Each Year
By NCPA @ 2:34 PM :: 4295 Views :: National News, Health Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) paid $33.2 billion as a result of fraud or mistake....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
State CON Laws Drive up Health Care Costs
By NCPA @ 1:53 PM :: 3592 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Thirty-six states (including Hawaii) require that health care providers seeking to offer or expand their services obtain what are known as Certificates of Need (CON)....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hawaii Scores ‘F’, Lacks Access to Emergency Care and Disaster Preparedness
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 4693 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

“Hawaii’s gaps in hospital and treatment facility capacity lead to overcrowding, long wait times and an inability to respond to disasters,” said Dr. Ishida....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
WellCare's 'Ohana Health Plan Selected To Provide Managed Care Services Across Hawaii Under QUEST Integration
By News Release @ 11:54 AM :: 2747 Views :: Health Care

Approximately 300,000 beneficiaries are currently receiving services through the QUEST Integration program. ‘Ohana is one of five health plans selected to receive an award....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Bureaucracy, high prices, keep local business from into buying Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:25 PM :: 4386 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

Of Hawaii’s 30,000 small businesses, 296 registered for insurance through the Hawaii Health Connector by the Dec. 25 deadline....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The 2014 ObamaCare Tax Wave
By NCPA @ 1:42 PM :: 3583 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the HIT would increase health insurance premiums by more than $2,800 per person and $6,800 per family over a decade....


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Monday, January 13, 2014
Mainland Group Criticizes Lack of Hawaiian Population Control
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 5314 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Population Institute today released its second annual report card ....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Share One of These to Let the President Know You Haven't Forgotten
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:31 PM :: 2897 Views :: Health Care
In 2009, President Obama threatened those who criticized Obamacare: “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.”
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Friday, January 10, 2014
Walmart Health Plan Better Than ObamaCare
By NCPA @ 9:26 AM :: 2728 Views :: Health Care

...a family of four could pay a $962 premium under ObamaCare but only a $160 premium under the Walmart plan....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Pono Choices not medically accurate, age appropriate, or complete on STD risks
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:08 PM :: 8458 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

After weeks of bureaucratic run-around McDermott finally received a copy of the requested materials....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Finley Boyle Tragedy Exposes Danger of Primary Care Dentists Operating as Pediatric Dental Specialists
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 6522 Views :: Health Care
"The Hawaii Board of Dental Examiners shares in the responsibility for allowing a PCD to deceive the public into believing she is a Dental Specialist."
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
DoH to Take Oversight of Home and Community-Based Facilities?
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 3028 Views :: Health Care
  • DATE: Monday, January 13, 2014
  • TIME: 2:00 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329, State Capitol
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