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Saturday, February 6, 2021
$510K Fine for Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 2290 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, COVID-19

... During a follow-up revisit of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home on Jan. 6, 2021, inspectors found the facility to be in compliance, avoiding a mandatory termination of the facility on April 16, 2021 ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Lung Assn: Hawaii Legislators Score 'F' on Tobacco Control
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 1965 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

“...Because of COVID-19, we are all thinking more about lung health. Now is the time for lawmakers to act and take this opportunity to achieve lasting reductions in tobacco-related death and disease....”

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
Legislature Begins Session with Drugs and Suicide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:59 PM :: 2606 Views :: Health Care, Life, Drugs

... Bill Tracking at the Legislature Begins ....

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Hawaii Best-paying States for Nurses--But Still 8th Worst Housing Hours Worked
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 AM :: 2585 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... 33 Hours worked to afford median rent for nurses -- Hawaii ranks 43rd ....

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Monday, January 18, 2021
Hawaii: Lifetime Cost of Smoking $2.9M
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 AM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... potential monetary losses — including both the lifetime and annual cost of a cigarette pack per day, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs .... 

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Saturday, January 9, 2021
Sign up Here: Hospitals Start Vaccinating Age 75+
By News Release @ 4:55 AM :: 4357 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Health Care, COVID-19

... Maui Memorial and Adventist Health are not waiting for the DoH any more ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Physician Workforce Assessment Project -- 50% Shortage in Many Specialties
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 2604 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Statewide, the greatest specialty shortages by percentage are: Colorectal Surgery (65%), Pathology (64%), Pulmonology (63%), Infectious Disease (58%), Allergy/Immunology (55%), and Hematology/Oncology (44%) ....

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Monday, January 4, 2021
2020: A Year in the Life of a Healthcare Worker
By Joni Kamiya @ 9:25 PM :: 2062 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... being at a facility with a positive worker sparked change for me ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Hawaii Joins Democrat States Proposing Changes to Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1846 Views :: Health Care

... the group of commissioners detailed six immediate or critical policy recommendations and six longer-term recommendations for the Biden administration to consider ....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
Congress Restores Medicaid for COFA Citizens after 24 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 10:05 PM :: 2827 Views :: Health Care

... revising a drafting mistake in the 1996 welfare reform bill that barred the islanders from the program ....

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Hawaii: Obamacare Funnels Taxpayer Money To Cover Elective Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 AM :: 2161 Views :: Health Care, Life

...in Hawaii every available Obamacare plan covers elective abortions....

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Saturday, December 12, 2020
Obamacare Sign up Deadline December 15
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1512 Views :: Health Care

... Individual health insurance plans must be selected by December 15, 2020 to have coverage for 2021 ....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Case Bill: Shift State COFA Costs to Federal Government
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 2432 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

... Compact Impact Fairness Act Aims At Growing Burden On States and Territories, Now $200 Million Annually for Hawai’i Alone, For Uncovered Services To Resident Migrants From The Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia ....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Med-Quest RFP for Medicaid Plans
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 2345 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

... for up to five health plans to ensure access and continuity of care for Medicaid beneficiaries ....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Long Term Care: Hawaii Costs Soaring Faster
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 2528 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Increase in Long Term Care Costs in Hawaii Surpass National Trends; COVID-19 Pressures Future Costs ....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
March of Dimes: Hawaii D+ for Premature Births
By News Release @ 9:08 PM :: 2454 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...In Hawaii the preterm birth rate in 2019 was 10.6%, earning the state a "D+" grade. Preterm birth is a leading cause of infant mortality....

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Obamacare Marketplace Opens Nov 1
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1905 Views :: Health Care

... Federal Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Begins Nov. 1 and continues until Dec. 15 for Health Insurance Coverage to Begin January 2021 ....

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Saturday, October 24, 2020
Prison for Natural Supplement Makers Behind Wave of Liver Damage, Death in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 2675 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...CDC identified 97 people with acute non-viral hepatitis in an outbreak that began in Hawaii—72 of whom reported exposure to an OxyElite Pro branded product....

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Thursday, October 22, 2020
It’s Time to Review Your Medicare Coverage
By News Release @ 7:48 PM :: 1660 Views :: Health Care

...Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment season is underway....

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Young Adult Vaping Rate
By Selected News Articles @ 11:01 PM :: 2357 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... A Growing Epidemic: States with the Highest Young Adult Vaping Rates ....

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Debunking Hawaii Pesticide Study
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 PM :: 2725 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...‘Heavy’ pesticide exposure linked to cardiovascular disease?  Flawed study raises ‘troubling’ questions about public health research....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Pearl City Lowest Percentage of Disabled Living in Poverty
By Selected News Articles @ 12:10 AM :: 2217 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...2020’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Hawaii Medicare Advantage Premium Drops 10.3% for 2021
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 2394 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...The average monthly Medicare Advantage premium changed from $63.86 in 2020 to $57.28 in 2021. This represents a -10.30 percent change in average premium....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Rep Gabbard backs H.R.6866, the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act
By News Release @ 7:27 AM :: 2364 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

...Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Joins Bill to Protect Americans’ Civil Liberties and Privacy During the Coronavirus Pandemic....

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Hawaii Tops ​2020 Scorecard on State Health System Performance
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2095 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...National healthcare scorecard: Where does your state rank?....

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Monday, September 14, 2020
Vaccinations: Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By Selected News Articles @ 4:43 PM :: 2459 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

...even if we develop an effective vaccine to combat the pandemic, it will have a reduced impact if people don’t choose to get it....

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Friday, September 4, 2020
Community Well-Being Index -- Hawaii #1
By News Release @ 4:58 AM :: 2240 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Sharecare and Boston University School of Public Health launch Community Well-Being Index....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Ethics: DoH Employee Fined $25K for Running Private Business on State Time
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 3671 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...DoH is too busy to respond to the State Auditor and too busy to organize contact tracing because they are working real estate deals on State time with the Board and Care home operators they regulate.  And their union wants them to be paid to 'work' from home again....

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Sunday, August 23, 2020
CDC: 48% of Hawaii HS Students Have Tried E-Cigs
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 2643 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...and 30.6 percent of middle school students....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
States that suspended Certificate of Need laws saved lives--Hawaii is not one of them
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2649 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... Certificate of Need (CON) laws increase mortality rates for COVID-19 patients and others ....

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Friday, August 7, 2020
Hawaii Lowest Physician Medicare Acceptance Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:11 PM :: 2791 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...2020’s Best & Worst States for Health Care....

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Friday, July 17, 2020
Facial Recognition Contractor Selected for Hawaii Airports
By News Release @ 5:45 AM :: 3075 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... HDOT has selected NEC Corporation, NEC Corporation of America and their partner, Infrared Cameras Inc., to provide thermal temperature screening and facial imaging technology ....

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Guam Ambulance Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Medicare Ambulance Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 2389 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...$10.8 million, one of the largest single Medicare ambulance fraud cases ever prosecuted by the Justice Department....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hawaii Attorney General Sues E-Cigarette Giants JUUL and Altria
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 2466 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The complaint alleges that, for a period of more than five years, the defendants misleadingly marketed JUUL e-cigarettes, intending to hook users on the product in the same manner used by tobacco companies in the marketing of cigarettes....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Separation of Powers Limitation on Hawaii’s Emergency Authority
By Robert Thomas @ 10:53 PM :: 2880 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

...a hard look at the most important limitation on government power in an emergency, the statutory requirement that any emergency proclamation automatically terminates no later than sixty days after it is issued....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Lockdown victims include Hawaii healthcare providers
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 2706 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, COVID-19

...by mid-April, the same Convention Center that was poised to be converted into extra hospital facilities was instead turned into a phone bank facility to handle the influx of unemployment claims....

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Veterans’ Health Administration Health Care System Leadership Change in Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 2319 Views :: Health Care, Military

...Dr. Robinson will oversee the delivery of health care to an estimated 129,000 Veterans, a $327.8 million annual operating budget, and over 1,400 employees....

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Med Quest Junks Plan to Cancel 38,000 Kaiser Policies
By News Release @ 4:49 AM :: 2170 Views :: Health Care

...In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Med-QUEST to Issue New Request for Proposal for Managed Care Organizations....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Report: HMSA Payment Plan Imposing Burdens On Providers, Hurting Patients
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 2265 Views :: Health Care

...Survey Finds More Than Eight In Ten Primary Care Providers Would Not Recommend New Practitioner Come To Hawai’i As State Battles Physician Shortage Amid COVID-19 Crisis....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Public Hospitals: Hawaii Spends the Most, Gets Nearly the Least
By Selected News Articles @ 4:43 PM :: 2818 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

... Hawaii Ranks 45th for Public Hospital System Quality ....

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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Hawaii Wastes Thousands of COVID Testing Opportunities Every Day
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 AM :: 6029 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii has a 5,000 test per day capacity, yet access to testing is restricted and day after day only a few hundred tests are performed....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
2020 Hawaii: How Safe is Your Hospital?
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 2430 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii Hospitals Graded for overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors....

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Friday, May 8, 2020
Hawaii Grade 'F' for Health Care Price Transparency Laws
By News Release @ 5:45 AM :: 2037 Views :: Health Care

... The best, worst states for healthcare payment reform ....

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Monday, May 4, 2020
Hawaii 3rd Worst State for Nurses
By Selected News Articles @ 1:43 PM :: 3103 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...2020’s Best & Worst States for Nurses....

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Sunday, May 3, 2020
VIDEO: Is Hawaii taxing healthcare to death?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 3488 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...Hawaii doesn't have enough doctors and other medical providers. Could Hawaii's tax system be a reason for the shortage?....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Big Island Hospitals Re-open Elective Surgeries, Outpatient Services
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 3572 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, COVID-19

...Clinics and outpatient services, such as imaging and rehabilitation services, were significantly reduced last month and elective procedures were ceased in order to limit the spread of COVID-19....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
Taxing Medical Practice to Death
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3520 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...Unless you like the idea of having doctors in rural areas being scarcer than toilet paper....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Maui Hospital Coverup? COVID-19 Cluster Developing Since Mid-March
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 6463 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, COVID-19

...Health officials say the outbreak started in mid-March.  But HNN learned top members within the emergency command weren’t privy to the information until Wednesday morning....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Remove GE Tax from Medical Practices to Save Private MDs
By Video @ 4:12 PM :: 3215 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Taxes, COVID-19

...We have a 44% shortage of physicians on the Big Island....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Assisted Suicide lobby using COVID 19 to promote assisting suicides via telehealth.
By Selected News Articles @ 10:07 PM :: 2828 Views :: Health Care, Life, COVID-19

"...As always, we are responding quickly to the needs and opportunities of the times...."

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