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Saturday, January 26, 2013
CDC: Hawaii 3rd Lowest Tobacco Use
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 6079 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

State ranks third lowest in the country for adult smoking and second lowest for youth tobacco use....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Health Insuance: Hawaii Has One of Lowest Rejection Rates in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 PM :: 5360 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hundreds of thousands of consumers have their health insurance applications declined each year according to a 2010 congressional study....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Survey: 195 Patients in Hospitals Waiting for Long Term Care Beds
By Andrew Walden @ 4:57 PM :: 5503 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
  • Queens: 54 patients waiting
  • Maui Memorial: 41 patients waiting
  • Kuakini Hospital: 20 patients waiting
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
HI-5 Fraud Shows DoH Cannot be Trusted With Soda Tax
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 5135 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

As public audits recently revealed, it's difficult to trust the Department of Health to spend our tax dollars wisely....  

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Gun Discussions Should Not Be Required for Physicians
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 PM :: 4712 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

...who is going to be held responsible if one of their patients decides to take out some poor store clerk? Is the shooter's doctor now a potential target for a lawsuit? Can the shooter claim at his trial that he was not properly counseled by his physician?

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Abercrombie Soda Tax: $1.28 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 6702 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

In 2011, he had attempted to pass a soda tax under the Orwellian title “Sugary Beverage Healthy Hawaii Fee,” but the state legislature saw through the obfuscating rhetoric and defeated it.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Abercrombie to Push Penny an Ounce Soda Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 5744 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A 12 ounce soda would cost 12 cents more....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
A Health Scare for Small Businesses
By NCPA @ 2:20 PM :: 5338 Views :: National News, Health Care, Small Business

Many small-business owners haven't yet realized that the way they structure their firm in 2013 could determine their status under the law in a year's time....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Responding to Newtown
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 5295 Views :: National News, Health Care, Second Amendment

“Given the weak track record of federal mental health programs, states should exercise primary responsibility for determining appropriate mental health services, which will entail eliminating restrictions currently imposed by the federal government.”

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Study: Bag Ban Tied to 25% Increase in ER Admissions, Deaths
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 PM :: 4315 Views :: Environment, Health Care

ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar increase....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Obama Signs 23 Gun-Related Executive Orders
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 PM :: 5167 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

"Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health." 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
HHSC Exec Discusses Banner Partnership with Hilo MDs
By Selected News Articles @ 9:36 PM :: 10282 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

Approximately four years ago, the Hawaii State Legislature commissioned Stroudwater Associates to evaluate our Hawaii Health System Safety Net Hospitals....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Disease Management Programs Don't Work
By NCPA @ 6:30 PM :: 5479 Views :: National News, Health Care

According to the data, there were no decreases in emergency admissions or inpatient charges....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Feds Pay Maui County Office of Aging to Keep Medicare Patients Away from Hospital
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 7692 Views :: Maui County, National News, Health Care

...Maui County Office on Aging, will expand ongoing transitions efforts to reduce Medicare hospital readmissions....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Braces for the Kids Just Got More Expensive: Obamacare Tax Hike Case Study
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 11:23 AM :: 5540 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

In 2013, the tax increases in Obamacare will increasingly conspire against kitchen-table family healthcare decisions....

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
WaPo: Reform Medicare, Sustain It Long Term
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:46 PM :: 3728 Views :: National News, Health Care

The editorial board of The Washington Post is absolutely right: “Medicare as we know it is not sustainable,” and the “ultimate solution” is structural reform.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
How the Supreme Court Doomed the Affordable Care Act to Failure
By NCPA @ 7:46 PM :: 4658 Views :: National News, Health Care

The Supreme Court's surprise ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left many observers wondering about the implications of the ruling on the law itself....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Defying the Obama Administration on Religious Liberty
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:59 PM :: 4347 Views :: National News, Health Care

Hobby Lobby gained national attention when its leadership announced they would not bow to the Obama Administration’s violation of their religious liberty....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
How Consumer-Directed Plans Affect the Cost and Use of Health Care
By NCPA @ 3:37 PM :: 2944 Views :: Health Care

If enrollment in consumer-directed plans increased to 50 percent, there would be an annual savings of $57 billion....

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Saturday, January 5, 2013
Obesity in America: Blame Trade Protectionism on Sugar
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:43 PM :: 6867 Views :: National News, Economy, Health Care

With a new study pointing the finger at high fructose corn syrup as a culprit in America’s explosive epidemic of obesity, it is important to remember just why we are consuming so much of this commodity as opposed to table sugar....

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Committee Hearings on Obamacare in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 5112 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare transformation in Hawaii....

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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Insurance Company Controlled Hawaii Health Connector Approved by Feds
By News Release @ 8:35 PM :: 3824 Views :: Health Care

Hawai‘i secures conditional approval from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to operate a state-based health insurance exchange....

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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Lawsuit: Mentally Disabled Girl Raped at Three DoE Schools
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 9026 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

The mother claims that her daughters teacher and state administrators not only failed to investigate the abuse that occurred on and off school grounds, but conspired to cover it up, and then suspended her.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Hospital Systems Branch Out as Insurers
By NCPA @ 2:38 PM :: 4183 Views :: National News, Health Care

A growing number of hospital systems are moving to start their own insurance plans, aiming to broaden their roles and prepare for the changes coming under the federal health care overhaul, says the Wall Street Journal....

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
OHA launches Anti-Obesity Marketing Campaign
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 5025 Views :: Health Care, OHA

OHA is partnering with The Queen’s Medical Center, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center, the Hawaii Department of Health, the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and Hawaii Medical Service Association....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
Last Day to Participate in Community Health Survey
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2782 Views :: Health Care

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) invites the public to participate in the Hawaii Community Feedback Survey.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Hawaii Scores Near Bottom
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 5403 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

10th annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report, Hawaii scored 4 out of 10 ....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Medicaid Incentives for Patients, Not Hospitals
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 3064 Views :: Health Care

Experiment with cash or cash-like incentives to encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors in the form conditional cash transfers....

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Connecticut Shooting: Failure of Mental Health System
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 PM :: 12007 Views :: National News, Health Care, Homelessness, Second Amendment

“We have emptied the nation's hospitals, gutted state and local mental health programs, and turned involuntary treatment into a debate point instead of using it as a viable option to prevent tragedy...."

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Deadline for States to Claim Their Role in Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:50 AM :: 4004 Views :: National News, Health Care

Tomorrow is an important day for Obamacare. It’s the deadline for states to declare their intentions about setting up their own health insurance exchanges....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Surprise: New Insurance Fee in Health Overhaul Law
By NCPA @ 11:54 AM :: 4863 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Study: Hawaii 2nd Healthiest State in USA
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 5527 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

According to the 23rd Edition of United Health Foundation’s 2012 America’s Health Rankings, Hawaii is No. 2 this year, up from No. 3 in 2011, in a ranking of all 50 states’ health data....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Health Care Law's Insurance Tax Will Raise Premium Costs
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 5064 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

Insurance premiums could increase by thousands of dollars because of a new tax in President Obama's health care law....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Hawaii Health Connector Signs Key Contracts
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 4769 Views :: Health Care

State-based health exchange selects IT contractor and names agency of record for research, communication strategy and public relations...

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Friday, December 7, 2012
Hire the Handicapped? Hawaii One of Only 5 States Without 'Medicaid Buy-In'
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5451 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

· DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

· TIME: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

· PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street

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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Hawaii Collects $186M/year from Big Tobacco
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 6282 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Hawaii this year will collect $186 million in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend just 4.8 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs....

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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 6241 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...every day now brings another business owner in the news talking about cutting workers’ hours or making other cost-cutting moves in anticipation of Obamacare’s impact in 2013....

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Hawaii Medicaid Spends Least on Long Term Care
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 6503 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The spending ranges from less than 8 percent in Hawaii, where nursing home use is low, to more than 60 percent in North Dakota....

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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Hawaii Number of Uninsured Children Jumps 55%
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 5619 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii was the only state to show a significant increase in the number of uninsured children from 2009-2011....

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
How HMSA Used Health Care Advisory Council to Establish Medical Monopoly
By Selected News Articles @ 7:01 PM :: 9422 Views :: Hawaii History, Health Care

Governor Linda Lingle signed, SB 665 SDI HD2 CD1 which prohibits "a person representing a health maintenance organization under chapter 4320, a mutual benefit society issuing individual and group hospital or medical service plans under chapter 432, or any other health care organization" from membership on the Council....

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
FOIA Request Reveals: Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act Hangs by a Conference Call
By Andrew Walden @ 9:47 PM :: 6505 Views :: Health Care

It took a Federal Freedom of Information Act request to find out, but that is the message Hawai`i Free Press received from federal officials.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Meet the Insurance Executive Behind Assisted Suicide in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 12739 Views :: Health Care, Life

In December of 1994, one month after Oregon voters passed Measure 16, "physician assisted death," into law, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) responded.
Ethix Corp., an HMO, announced that they "welcomed broad coverage for assisted suicide in a medical economic system already burdened."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Report: Research Funding for Burns School of Medicine Uncertain
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 PM :: 10665 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

The University of Hawaii continues to publish groundbreaking discoveries from their mesothelioma research efforts. But does the precarious state of our American research universities put mesothelioma research in jeopardy?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pine: Reopening HMC West a Top Priority
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:18 PM :: 5431 Views :: Health Care

As City Councilwoman, I will continue my work with stakeholders to expedite the process to reopen the former HMC location because nothing is more important than the health and safety of our community.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Health Insurance? No need: Abercrombie promises to dump Prepaid Health Care Act
By Andrew Walden @ 6:34 PM :: 21162 Views :: Health Care

Abercrombie’s campaign platform portrays abandonment of the Prepaid Act as a step to “Develop a System of Universal Healthcare.”  It is exactly the opposite.  In the fine print, Abercrombie focuses squarely on managing the State’s finances so “costs are controlled so that we can collectively afford the system and pay for it in a way that is fair and sustainable. We need to create efficiencies out of the current incoherence in our system, create incentives and opportunities for cost-effective preventive healthcare….”

It’s all about the money.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Abercrombie Pretends Obamacare is not Attack on Prepaid Health Care Act
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 5778 Views :: Health Care

“Here in Hawai'i, we already have our Prepaid Health Care Act, which enables a vast majority of our residents to be insured...."  (Then why is he trying to dismantle it?)

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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Undercover Video Catches Hawaii Planned Parenthood Offering Sex-Selection Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 13832 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Life

In Honolulu, the Planned Parenthood counselor “Rogue” tells the woman it is okay to have multiple abortions of girl pregnancies so long as the abortions are spaced far enough apart....

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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Oxycontin Contributions: Clayton Hee, Josh Green, Karl Rhoads and HB466
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 17426 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Drugs

...the bill would help doctors who make money prescribing narcotic pain relievers ....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
HMA Warns Against 'Imminent Storm' Caused by Obamacare Implementation
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 7960 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... imminent storm that is about to occur due to simultaneous implementation of multiple programs that will create extraordinary financial and administrative burden ....

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Monday, March 5, 2012
Conference: Abercrombie Admin Renews Push to Impose Medical Homes
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 6184 Views :: Health Care

“Forty years ago, Hawai'i’s groundbreaking Prepaid Health Care Act gave us an enduring advantage in health insurance coverage,” said Dr. Tsang. “However .... "

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