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Thursday, August 8, 2013
What Everybody Ought to Know About Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:00 AM :: 3271 Views :: Health Care

Congress is well on its way to solving its Obamacare problem—for Members of Congress and their staffs, that is....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Obamacare Menu Labeling Law: The Food Police Are Coming
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:05 PM :: 4977 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

The FDA estimates that first-year compliance costs could be as high as $537 million for all regulated businesses covered under the rule....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
HMSA, Kaiser Front Group Pays off 'Community Partners'
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 3789 Views :: Health Care

Hawai‘i Health Connector today announced that it is partnering with 34 community organizations throughout the state....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Does the Doctor Need a Boss?
By NCPA @ 12:57 PM :: 2806 Views :: Health Care

...this IOM report has been pretty thoroughly debunked....

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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Congress in the Obamacare Trap: No Easy Escape
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:32 AM :: 3565 Views :: Health Care

High anxiety is gripping Capitol Hill. The reason: On January 1, 2014, Members of Congress and their staff will lose their current employment-based health insurance and will instead be offered coverage in the health insurance exchanges established under the new health care law....

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Friday, August 2, 2013
Is Congress Too Good for Obamacare?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:17 PM :: 3160 Views :: Health Care

President Obama assured lawmakers that they and their staffs wouldn't be foisted onto the same health exchange as millions of Americans....

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Friday, August 2, 2013
More Disincentives to Work under ObamaCare
By NCPA @ 12:05 PM :: 2737 Views :: Health Care

...a couple would be eligible for subsidies worth $3,452 to purchase a so-called silver insurance plan if they made up to $62,040 per year. But if they made just $1 more than that, they would lose the subsidy....

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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Defund Obamacare: Make Your Voice Heard This August
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:58 AM :: 2786 Views :: Health Care

Members of Congress head home tomorrow for a month-long recess....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Why Is Washington Talking About a Government Shutdown?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:07 PM :: 3542 Views :: Health Care

It’s not even August, and Members of Congress are starting to buzz about the upcoming budget and debt ceiling fight....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
How to Use Obamacare to Scam Taxpayers
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:47 PM :: 3637 Views :: Health Care
Looking for a little extra cash?
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Monday, July 29, 2013
Defunding Obamacare Explained in One Infographic
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:20 PM :: 3453 Views :: Health Care

The movement to defund Obamacare is gaining traction in Washington....

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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Forum to Outline Changes to State Mental Health Care System
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 4941 Views :: Health Care

...community forum on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the Queen’s Conference Center Auditorium....

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Friday, July 26, 2013
Can Obamacare Get the Young Blood It Needs to Live?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:43 PM :: 3183 Views :: Health Care
of the projected 7 million exchange enrollees next year, 2.7 million need to be young adults to make the premiums work....
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Friday, July 26, 2013
ObamaCare Glitch Number One: Verifying Eligibility
By NCPA @ 2:37 PM :: 3074 Views :: Health Care

...a delayed and untested verification process is an open-invitation to cheat....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Caldwell's TOD Pick Connects Smart Growth, Active Aging
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 6367 Views :: Health Care, Life, Rail

Caldwell announced today the selection of veteran transportation planner Harrison Rue as the Administrator of the City’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Program....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
3 Whoppers from Obama’s Big Economic Speech
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:32 PM :: 8301 Views :: National News, Economy, Health Care, Obama
  1. Obamacare is going great.
  2. I cut the deficit in half.
  3. Middle-class income is stuck in the ’70s.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Malpractice: Trial Attorneys Take on Negligent Abortionists
By Selected News Articles @ 10:29 PM :: 5455 Views :: Family, Health Care, Judiciary

“Botched Abortion” project designed to hold abortionists accountable for medical malpractice....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
SAFE Retirement Bill aims to save state and local pensions
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 AM :: 4990 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Health Care
...an alternative to rising costs and reduced benefits....
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Monday, July 22, 2013
Why the White House Is Panicking about ObamaCare
By NCPA @ 1:39 PM :: 3280 Views :: Health Care

The Obama administration is looking far and wide, leaving no stone unturned in a relentless search for help with getting people to enroll in health insurance plans this fall....

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Friday, July 19, 2013
Obamacare, Simplified
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:09 PM :: 3470 Views :: Health Care

Obama yesterday gave a speech on Obamacare, trying to justify the fact that premiums continue to rise, violating his 2008 campaign promise to lower them by $2,500 per family per year....

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Friday, July 19, 2013
WaPo: Few Medicaid Docs Have Seen 2013 Pay Raise
By NCPA @ 11:55 AM :: 2748 Views :: Health Care

Most primary care doctors are still waiting for the Medicaid pay raise that was scheduled to begin in January under the Affordable Care Act...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
CDC: Hawaii Seniors Have Longest Health Life Expectancy
By News Release @ 4:30 PM :: 4685 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

HLE for males at age 65 years varied from a low of 10.1 years in Mississippi to a high of 15.0 years in Hawaii....

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Accountable Care Organizations Struggle to Lower Costs
By NCPA @ 2:56 PM :: 3529 Views :: Health Care

Lowering health care costs is tougher than improving the quality of care, according to first-year results from a key pilot program ....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
US News: No Nationally Ranked Specialties in Hawaii Hospitals
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 4720 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

No hospitals in Hawaii are nationally ranked. Three hospitals met standards for strong performance within the state....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Left Also Wants to Repeal and Replace Obamacare
By NCPA @ 11:28 AM :: 2859 Views :: Health Care

Now that the odds that ObamaCare will crash and burn have ticked up a notch or two, the words “single payer” are being heard more frequently....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Administration’s Obamacare Denial
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:23 AM :: 2885 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare was supposed to go so well, we were told....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Hotel Workers, Teamsters, UFCW Turning Against Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:44 PM :: 4829 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe...."

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Monday, July 15, 2013
Council Res 13-158: Backup Ambulance Services for West Oahu
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 10:28 PM :: 4557 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

Public Safety and Economic Development Committee hearing at Honolulu Hale, July 16th at 9:00 a.m....

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Friday, July 12, 2013
GAO: Hawaii COFA Cost Estimates 'Inaccurate'
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 5658 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Homelessness

...some jurisdictions did not accurately define compact migrants, account for federal funding that supplemented local expenditures, or include revenue received from compact migrants....

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Hawaii DoH Finds New TB Test Supply, Restarts Testing
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 3318 Views :: Health Care

DOH has acquired an adequate supply of purified protein derivative solution used for tuberculosis skin testing and will resume providing the test....

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Obama Admin Spoons out Money to Hawaii Free Clinics
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 3681 Views :: Health Care

to hire 21 additional workers, who will assist 21,516 people with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage....

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Monday, July 8, 2013
Health Exchange Could 'Solve' Hawaii's Unfunded Liability by Sticking Retirees with Inferior Coverage
By NCPA @ 6:04 PM :: 3555 Views :: Health Care

turning to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul could become a road map for cash-strapped cities....

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Monday, July 8, 2013
Obamacare’s Dirty Dozen Implementation Failures
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:49 PM :: 2867 Views :: Health Care

Even Democrats have admitted the law has turned into a massive “train wreck,” with delays, glitches, and problems aplenty....

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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Acts 225, 226 Protect Pharmacy Choice, Patient Privacy
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 6026 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...prevent Hawaii residents from having their private medical information used as a marketing tool by drug middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), some of which also operate mail-order pharmacies....

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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Feds: Some 'Preferred Pharmacy' Plans Cost More
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 4108 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

A community pharmacist in the Northern Mariana Islands reports that his Medicare patients' closest preferred pharmacy is nine hours away by plane in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Clinic Owner: With Medicare and Medicaid, ‘Your Practice May Not Last Long’
By Jose Reque Martinez @ 10:06 PM :: 4424 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...if your population of patients is heavily inclined to Medicare and Medicaid then your reimbursements are low....

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Mental Health Top Cause of Hawaii Hospital Admissions
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 5770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...mental health causes accounted for 5,180 hospital visits in Hawaii in 2011. That's well above the next highest cause, heart failure, with 2,954....

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
So Which Part of Obamacare Works, Then?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:14 PM :: 2786 Views :: Health Care

the Administration is delaying the employer mandate, which would force businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to provide government-approved insurance, until 2015....

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Medicare Fraud: Queens Hospital Forced to Pay $1.05M
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 4582 Views :: Health Care

overcharged Medicare for a back procedure known as "kyphoplasty" using a fraudulent billing scheme first exposed by two whistleblowers....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
18 Agencies, 613 Forms: Paperwork Makes Veterans Wait Year for Benefits
By Selected News Articles @ 2:01 PM :: 3948 Views :: Health Care, Military

The number of veterans waiting more than a year to receive benefits jumped from 11,000 in 2009 to 245,000 by December 2012....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Governor Signs Healthcare Transformation Bill
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 3154 Views :: Health Care
House Bill 656, establishing the Health Care Transformation Program within the Governor’s office...
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WSJ: An ObamaCare Board Answerable to No One
By NCPA @ 3:40 PM :: 3344 Views :: Health Care

The ObamaCare law also stipulates that there "shall be no administrative or judicial review" of the board's decisions....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
What if the Exchanges Aren’t Ready On Time?
By John Goodman @ 1:38 PM :: 3223 Views :: Health Care

[M]ost of the specs have been written, but the all wiring hasn't been laid, and what will happen when they flip the switch nobody really knows....

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Cash-Only Doctors Abandon the Insurance System
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 2903 Views :: Health Care

A Medscape survey found 6 percent of physicians in the cash-only business in 2013, up from 4 percent in 2012. Most are primary care doctors....

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Hawaii Insurance Agents Debate Obamacare
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:33 PM :: 4435 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

within 5 years, half or more of them will be out of business....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Lawsuit: Act 163 Discriminates Against Disabled Students
By Selected News Articles @ 6:45 PM :: 4687 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care
The Hawaii Disability Rights Center went to the 9th Circuit this week to challenge a state law preventing disabled students from receiving special education services after turning 20....
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Friday, June 14, 2013
Hawaii Home Health Medicare Margins on Steep Decline
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 3294 Views :: Health Care

By 2017, Hawaii is facing Medicare Home Healthcare payment at least 11.7% below cost, and up to 27.8% below cost....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
If Obamacare Collapses: How States Can Protect Their Citizens
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:46 AM :: 3478 Views :: Health Care
In preparation for the likely collapse of Obamacare, states should advance their own patient-centered, market-based solutions that stimulate more affordable coverage, better access, and superior quality and innovation....
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Email Chain Reveals Hawaii Obamacare Leaders Debating “Inevitable Failure”
By Andrew Walden @ 12:32 AM :: 7214 Views :: Health Care

... HHA continues to meet, without a budget, working on developing a universal, cost-effective health care system that will be ready for implementation when the Affordable Care Act inevitably fails....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Open Letter: Hawaii MDs Challenge “Severely Dysfunctional” Medicaid Program
By Dr Stephen Kemble MD @ 8:38 PM :: 5986 Views :: Health Care
Department of Human Services (DHS) is now considering how to structure Medicaid for the 5-year period from 2014 through 2018....
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