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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hawaii--How Safe is Your Hospital?
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 4500 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

For the first time ever, this score empowers you to make informed decisions about the safety of your hospital care....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
VA Electronic Health Records: What Federally Mandated Health Integration Really Looks Like
By NCPA @ 11:50 AM :: 3435 Views :: Health Care

...Shinseki has vowed to use integrated electronic records and paperless IT solutions to make health care more efficient...there has been little progress.....

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Streamlined ObamaCare Application Leaves Program Open to Insurance Fraud
By NCPA @ 10:09 PM :: 2781 Views :: Health Care

Coming to Hawaii this fall....

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Study: No Difference Between Medicaid and Uninsured
By John Goodman @ 10:01 PM :: 3386 Views :: Health Care

...as far as physical health is concerned there is no difference between being in Medicaid and being uninsured....

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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Obamacare Trouble: 'Death Panel' Does Not Exist
By Selected News Articles @ 11:13 PM :: 3123 Views :: Health Care
...a 15-member board that will develop proposals for cutting Medicare whenever Medicare's projected growth rate exceeds the target....
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
President Says Obamacare Is Going Great
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:11 AM :: 2763 Views :: Health Care
There are just a few slight details left to be implemented, but we shouldn't worry about those....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
States Could Push Part-Time Employees Into Obamacare Exchanges
By NCPA @ 8:35 AM :: 4363 Views :: Health Care, Labor
Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way of transferring a large chunk of their health care expenses into the health exchanges....
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Monday, April 29, 2013
PEW: New Health Exchange Unlikely to End Insurance Monopoly in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 AM :: 4651 Views :: Health Care

... in states with a dominant insurance carrier, competition and lower prices may not arrive for quite some time ....

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Monday, April 29, 2013
PEW: Lack of Competition Might Hamper Hawaii Health Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 AM :: 4424 Views :: Health Care

... in many states, people won’t have a lot of health insurance choices when the exchanges launch in October ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Will the Number of Uninsured Rise Under ObamaCare?
By NCPA @ 10:42 AM :: 3360 Views :: Health Care

...the massive law that was enacted to solve the problem of the uninsured in America is more likely to worsen it....

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Monday, April 22, 2013
Act 27: Abercrombie Orders Doctors, Hospitals to Provide Abortion Pills
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 5987 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care

...provisions that require any hospital in Hawaii to provide information about, offer and, if accepted or requested, dispense emergency contraception....

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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Obamacare Paycuts Pushing 900 Hawaii MDs Into Retirement
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 4279 Views :: Health Care

"There are many changes coming to medicine that some physicians might not like."

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
'Grand Bargain' Cuts Hospital Support $18B
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:34 AM :: 2832 Views :: Health Care

...They are now trying to convince governors and state legislators that a series of state-level “grand bargains” could produce “savings“ in exchange for expanding Medicaid....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Obamacare Tax Credits Target 70,000 Hawaii Households
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 4181 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Meanwhile ... Hawaii Health Insurance Rates to Rise 12% to 21% Next Year....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Young Adults on Parents' Health Plans Cost More
By NCPA @ 3:34 PM :: 2737 Views :: Health Care

Under the Affordable Care Act, children up to the age of 26 years can stay on their parents' health insurance plan....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hawaii Suspends TB Test Requirement for Food Handlers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 3885 Views :: Health Care

In a typical year, Hawaii conducts about 50,000 tuberculosis skin tests and treats 120 people found to be carrying the bacteria. The state anticipates suspensions of TB clearances to last for 120 days....

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Monday, April 15, 2013
Emergency Services Briefing: Lack of Emergency Rooms in West Oahu
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 3876 Views :: Health Care
...two City Councilmembers will host a briefing with hospital officials and emergency responders, who will report the availability of emergency rooms in the Ewa region....
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Cost of Health Insurance Exchanges Shoots Up
By NCPA @ 2:22 PM :: 2553 Views :: Health Care
As installation of the exchanges becomes more complicated, the cost of the exchanges has risen rapidly over the last year....
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Temporary insurance program foreshadows exploding costs for ObamaCare
By Selected News Articles @ 9:59 AM :: 3187 Views :: Health Care

An early ObamaCare health insurance program that has been operating for nearly three years is foreshadowing big problems to come....

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Monday, April 8, 2013
Feds Give Hawaii Health Connector $128M to Pay for Overhead
By News Release @ 10:59 AM :: 5012 Views :: Health Care

This award will fund the customer service call center, consumer assistance program and general maintenance and operations of the Connector through December 2014....

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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Creative Insolvency: EUTF to Enter ‘Shadow Insurance Industry’?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:36 PM :: 8527 Views :: Health Care, Labor
...a multi-billion dollar scheme to rework Hawaii government employees pension and health insurance funding is made its way through the legislature....
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Friday, April 5, 2013
Civilian Doctors Wary of Accepting Military's TRICARE
By NCPA @ 11:16 AM :: 3543 Views :: Health Care

An estimated 620,000 Pentagon health care recipients struggle to find private doctors who will accept them as patients ....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Hawaii Health Insurance Rates to Rise 12% to 21% Next Year
By Andrew Walden @ 1:39 PM :: 7283 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
“the costs shown in the tables are at projected 2014 levels”
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Thanks to Obamacare…
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:57 PM :: 3763 Views :: Health Care

...Please share these impacts to mark three years of this bureaucratic nightmare.... 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Compassionate Care Versus Religious Freedom
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:04 PM :: 5858 Views :: Health Care, Life

HB 411 HD2 and SB 1109 SD2.  HFF, HCC and HFA all testified in opposition to the bills because no conscience provisions are included.... 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
AARP: Health Connector Transparency Legislation Did Not Pass
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 4952 Views :: Health Care

"AARP opposes the appropriation of State funds for the operation of the Connector in 2015"

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
ObamaCare: Drastic Payment Cuts or Ballooning Deficit
By NCPA @ 2:26 PM :: 3012 Views :: Health Care

If Congress alters the health care law's payment cuts to doctors and hospitals, costs could skyrocket....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Hawaii Scores ‘F’ on Health Care Price Transparency Laws
By NCPA @ 2:36 PM :: 5330 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii Does Not Have A Single Health Care Price Transparency Law....

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Monday, March 18, 2013
Affordable Care Act Application Long and Cumbersome
By NCPA @ 3:18 PM :: 3156 Views :: Health Care

Emerging new details about the application process for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) suggest that applying for benefits will be an onerous and grueling process....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Medicaid Expansion Is the Wrong Move
By NCPA @ 1:59 PM :: 3057 Views :: Health Care

By 2021, 46 percent of all Americans will be dependent on the government for their health care....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Many Patients Object to Focusing on Costs
By NCPA @ 3:37 PM :: 2764 Views :: Health Care

The study shows that many patients believe that medical decisions should not consider financial costs but only consider health....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Obamacare's Medicaid Trap
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:21 PM :: 3660 Views :: Health Care

While Members of Congress are arguing about defunding parts of Obamacare, the rubber is meeting the road in the states....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Medicare Advantage Cuts under ObamaCare Will Affect Low-Income Seniors Most
By NCPA @ 3:44 PM :: 4257 Views :: Health Care

Low-income seniors will see an estimated 7 percent to 8 percent reduction in their Medicare Advantage benefits in 2014....

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Monday, March 11, 2013
RFP: Hawaii Health Connector Seeks Seamless Customer Experience
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 4368 Views :: Health Care

The nonprofit State-based Exchange is seeking a customer service partner that knows how to service Hawai‘i’s residents, and that can bring strong capabilities that will enable a seamless customer experience....

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Monday, March 11, 2013
Naming Names: Big Pharma Pays $3.2M to Hawaii MDs
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 6736 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
ObamaCare Insurance Plans Will Be Bare Bones – And Expensive
By NCPA @ 2:26 PM :: 3187 Views :: Health Care

In the 1990s, insurance schemes pushed managed care and restricted networks. Some evidence suggests that insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will be equally restrictive and paltry....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Forced Participation in Abortion: Nine Legislators Take a Stand for Religious Freedom
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 9:01 PM :: 6435 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Health Care

Both bills state in the preamble that the emergency contraceptive "is not an abortion pill" and "is not an abortifacient." That seemingly simple, and untrue statement, nullifies any protection that a federal conscience exemption might have provided....

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Monday, March 4, 2013
HB411 Forces Hospitals, Doctors to Hand Out Abortion Pill
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:30 PM :: 5020 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care

The hearing was full of people who are against religious freedom.  One individual even stated that if Christians have a problem with it, they shouldn’t work in an emergency room....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Gallup: Hawaii Again Tops Nation in Well-Being
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 9363 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor, Cost of Living

Between 2011 and 2012 Hawaii jumped from 44th to 1st in “Work Environment” but fell from 4th to 14th  in “Basic Access"....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
What is a Progressive?
By John Goodman @ 1:37 PM :: 5788 Views :: National News, Health Care

...liberalism is not an ideology at all; it is a sociology. The same may be said of conservatism....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Hawaii Welfare Recipients 2nd Healthiest in US: 75% Not Disabled
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 PM :: 5775 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

SSI, SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, or other government assistance....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Hawaii Nursing Homes Ranked by US News
By Selected News Articles @ 11:37 PM :: 5952 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

About 38 percent of all nursing homes in Hawaii earned an overall five-star rating....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
OHA Offers Cash Prizes for Weight Loss
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 6043 Views :: Health Care, OHA

What they aren't telling you is that people with obesity and/or diabetes are going to lose out big under the Hawaii Health Exchange and the 'Pay for Performance' plans being negotiated between Hawaii hospitals and Hawaii Insurers....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
The Numbers Don’t Match: Obama vs Harkin on Hawaii Sequester Impact
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 PM :: 11071 Views :: Education K-12, National News, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Here is a point-by-point comparison of the White House numbers for Hawaii and Sen. Harkin’s numbers for Hawaii

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Exchanges and The Future of Free Market Health Care
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 3545 Views :: Health Care

There is a way to use health insurance exchanges to both reform our health care entitlements and reduce premiums for those with private insurance. This transition could take four steps....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
NYT: Digital Shift Swells Profits for Electronic Medical Record Industry
By NCPA @ 1:33 PM :: 3456 Views :: Health Care

...the largest digital records companies like Allscripts, Cerner and Epic Systems have generated enormous profits and Wall Street-style executive pay because of the legislation they supported financially....

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Friday, February 22, 2013
Obama Gives Abercrombie $937K to Devise System to Force Doctors into 'Medical Homes'
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 5860 Views :: Health Care

...examining standardized definitions and payment approaches for patient-centered medical homes and care management services....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Could Soda Tax Shutter Hawaii's Only Can Maker?
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 7334 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

The Ball Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal cans in the islands. The company employs 45 people and the beverage tax places their jobs directly at risk.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Federal Government Releases List of Health Benefits Insurers Must Offer
By NCPA @ 12:57 PM :: 3473 Views :: Health Care

The Obama administration issued its long-awaited final rule on essential health benefits that insurers must offer consumers in the individual and small-group market beginning in 2014....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Hospitals Chase Medicare Performance-Based Bonuses
By NCPA @ 2:33 PM :: 4387 Views :: Health Care

$964 million in fiscal year 2013 will be withheld from more than 3,000 hospitals....

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