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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Sen Slom asks GAO to Investigate Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:35 PM :: 3700 Views :: Health Care

To date Hawaii has failed or refused to release information pertaining to the grants citing “”a potential threat”....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Obamacare Again Goes Before Supreme Court Next Week
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:47 PM :: 3322 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare has caused seemingly endless problems, and one of the big—and very personal—ones will be on display at the Supreme Court next week....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Feds: 34,000 Hawaii APIs Eligible for Health Care Savings
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 3873 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...34,000 uninsured Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) in Hawai‘i are likely eligible for no cost health care coverage (such as Medicaid or CHIP)....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Does the Obamacare Deadline Apply to Me?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:58 PM :: 2638 Views :: Health Care

For 2014, the penalty for not purchasing insurance will be either $95 or 1 percent of your annual income (whichever is greater)....

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Monday, March 17, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector Partners with Planned Parenthood
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 4365 Views :: Family, Health Care

The Hawai‘i Health Connector and Planned Parenthood of Hawai‘i today announced a joint effort....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
Obamacare in Hawaii: Fixing What Wasn’t Broken
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 AM :: 4444 Views :: Health Care

In Hawaii, Obamacare has disrupted a health-coverage system that had seen 98 percent of the population insured before the recession....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Waitlist Patients Burden Hawaii Hospitals
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 4374 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
Hawaii's waitlisted patients—that is, those remaining in a hospital after the need for acute care ceases—account for an annual loss of $62.7 million....
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Delaying Obamacare's Individual Mandate Due to 'Hardship' -- Caused by Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:53 PM :: 2864 Views :: Health Care

It’s getting difficult to take any part of Obamacare seriously....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Obama Administration's About-Face on Medicare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:52 PM :: 2651 Views :: Health Care

The administration had proposed new rules for seniors’ prescription drug plans in Medicare Part D....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Writes Check to Kupuna Care as Medicaid Applicants Get Cut Off
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 4007 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Meanwhile: Get Medicaid? Lose Kupuna Care....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
With Asset Test Gone, Thousands Pile into Hawaii Medicaid
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 4659 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Since October 1, 69,041 people have been found eligible for Medicaid in Hawaii.  3,249 are eligible for CHIP.  Another 24,583 were deemed ineligible....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
HI lawmakers want private providers to subsidize Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:28 PM :: 3491 Views :: Health Care
Lawmakers scrambling to keep the Hawaii Health Connector solvent are proposing a fee for private insurers who decline to take part in the local Obamacare exchange....
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Friday, March 7, 2014
Two Quotes That Show the Absurdity of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:39 PM :: 3320 Views :: Health Care

You just don’t understand how much better Obamacare is going to make your life; you’re afraid of change. It’s okay, he wants you to know; he understands....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hawaii Obamacare Medicaid Applications–Even Less Than The Few
By Andrew Walden @ 2:43 AM :: 3298 Views :: Health Care

The post-Obamacare increase averages out to an additional 1,174 persons applying for Medicaid each month since October 1.... 

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hawaii urges residents to ‘tell a friend’ about Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:37 PM :: 3023 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector, the local Obamacare exchange, has a new campaign to boost enrollment — “Tell a friend.”....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
'Sovereign Council' Scores $675K to Sell Obamacare
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 4813 Views :: DHHL, Health Care

The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) signed a $675,000 agreement today with the Hawaiʻi Health Connector to serve as a marketplace assister organization....

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Monday, March 3, 2014
Who Needs Health Connector? Feds Already Had Website offering Hawaii Insurance Policies
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 4689 Views :: Health Care
"In general, consumers had substantially more policies to choose from on private websites such as eHealthinsurance.com and Finder.healthcare.gov than they presently have on the exchanges."
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Monday, March 3, 2014
New Obamacare Tax Will add $300 to Insurance Premiums
By NCPA @ 2:09 PM :: 2919 Views :: Health Care

Starting this year, ObamaCare's "annual fee" tax will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Residents in States With Troubled Exchanges Can Still Get Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 12:42 PM :: 4178 Views :: Health Care

...up until Thursday, the subsidies were only available to consumers who purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Grim scenario for Hawaii's Obamacare plan: The numbers don't add up
By Selected News Articles @ 12:43 AM :: 3663 Views :: Health Care

With anemic enrollment by individuals and little interest among small-business employers, the state’s nonprofit exchange -- known as the Hawaii Health Connector -- is unlikely to have enough money to pay its bills....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
As Health Exchange Implodes, Abercrombie Releases ‘Transformation Plan’
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 3833 Views :: Health Care
Abercrombie said: “This healthcare transformation plan outlines clear, tangible steps we can take to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care in Hawaii.”
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Matsuda: Fate of Prepaid Health Care Act Depends on Hawaii Health Connector
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 4795 Views :: Health Care

...Continuing the Connector as a state-based marketplace (SBM) is necessary in order to preserve the Prepaid Healthcare Act....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
VIDEO: Aloha Obamacare Wipeout
By Video @ 1:42 PM :: 4770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

"Aloha!" highlights the ways in which Obamacare is harming American families....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
LA Times: Hawaii Health Connector Refused to Cough up Secret Budget
By Selected News Articles @ 12:24 AM :: 4345 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii Health Connector had refused even to allow the state auditor to conduct a review required under state law....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Obamacare's Dumping Ground
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:11 AM :: 4184 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 :: 3052 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 :: 4566 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 :: 4476 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 :: 4361 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 :: 3826 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 :: 4683 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 :: 3220 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 :: 4590 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 :: 2970 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 :: 3093 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 :: 2953 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 :: 4259 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 :: 3388 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 :: 3286 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 :: 3547 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 :: 3212 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 :: 4325 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 :: 4196 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 :: 4233 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 :: 3086 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 :: 6789 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 :: 4697 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 :: 7782 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 :: 4929 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 :: 6680 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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