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Friday, January 26, 2018
UH Hyperbaric Treatment Center reopens
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 4475 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

...since the facility closed on October 19, 2017, new physicians have been trained in hyperbaric techniques. HTC reopened on January 15, 2018....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Agreement to Fund Government Delays Three Health Care-Related Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 4:25 PM :: 3364 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...these three health-related taxes would have taken $31.25 billion over the ten-year period from 2018 to 2027....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Cigarette Taxes 5th Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:55 PM :: 5727 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Connecticut and New York share the highest tax rate with $4.35 per pack, trailed by Rhode Island ($4.25), Massachusetts ($3.51), and Hawaii ($3.20)....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
New bills could make life difficult for Hawaii vapers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 AM :: 4247 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Last Friday, Hawaii’s state senate introduced a bill that threatens to make it much harder to open a new vape shop. Now it’s emerged that another bill put forward at the same time could ban all online sales of vapor products....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Screening for Health Barriers to Learning--Hawaii Schools Receive Mixed Scores
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 4691 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Missed Opportunities: Do States Require Screening of Children for Health Conditions that Interfere with Learning....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Best States to Retire--Hawaii Ranks 42nd
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 PM :: 4482 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...highest cost of living in USA....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Hawaii: Smoking Costs $40K Per Year
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 4412 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Smoking doesn’t just ruin your health. It can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
How Medicare covers mental health
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 4519 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

...Medicare covers a wide variety of such services, in both hospital inpatient and outpatient settings....

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Bizarre News: Hawaii State Hospital Obtains Re-accreditation
By News Release @ 1:01 AM :: 4691 Views :: Health Care

"...for demonstrating ongoing compliance with performance standards to ensure safe, effective patient care...." (No kidding.  They really said this.)

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Monday, January 8, 2018
Overcharged: Why Healthcare Costs Too Much
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:39 PM :: 4566 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...would expansion of Medicare be good for America?....

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Monday, January 8, 2018
Bed Bugs: Honolulu Ranks 48th
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 4109 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Tourism

...“They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago”....

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Friday, January 5, 2018
​Hawaii tax policy feels the heat
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:09 PM :: 4612 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Rail

...The administration just told New York and New Jersey they would have to fund their $13 billion Hudson Tunnel rail project on their own, backing out of an Obama-era promise to foot half the bill....

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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Report: 3 Patients Responsible for 25% of Assaults at Mental Hospital
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 3850 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Analysis of data revealed that just 10% of active patients (55 of 532) were responsible for all assaults on staff. In fact, more than one-fourth were attributable to 3 highly-assaultive patients.... 

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Maui hospitals point the way
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:16 AM :: 6051 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...the state should consider privatizing more of its medical facilities....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Auditor: Confusion, Discord at DoH Disease Outbreak Control Division
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:32 PM :: 3461 Views :: Health Care

...we assessed the division’s surveillance and response to three disease outbreaks....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Hawaii 70% Ready: Health Emergency Preparedness
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 3456 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii's Flu Vaccination Rate is 49.2 Percent, 18th Highest....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
DoH: $1.75B Needed to Replace Cesspools Statewide
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 3873 Views :: Environment, Health Care

...DOH has filed a report with the Legislature identifying 14 priority areas of the state where 43,000 cesspool upgrades are critically needed to protect public health and the environment....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
After Years, State finally goes public on Rat Lungworm
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 5204 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Tourism

...Tourists are attracted to places with well-known Rat Lungworm infestations.  it is a selling point.  Really....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Hawaii Ranks 5th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 3167 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Hawaii is spending $6.6 million this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is 48.1 percent of the $13.7 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ....

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
America’s Health Rankings--Hawaii 2nd Healthiest
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 3252 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... In the past three years, violent crime increased 29% ....

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Elder Abuse: Hawaii Ranks 22nd
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 AM :: 5079 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...2017’s States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections....

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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Hawaii 2nd Best State for Healthy Retirement
By Selected News Articles @ 1:37 PM :: 3596 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Seniors in Hawaii are sick less often than those in any other state....

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
'Certificate of need’ laws are certifiably unnecessary
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:23 PM :: 4025 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... no politician would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of  hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas.  And yet, that’s exactly what Hawaii's legislature has done ....

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Monday, November 27, 2017
State's Hyperbaric Treatment Center to remain closed through February
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 4292 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

HTC has treated civilian divers for decompression sickness or “the bends” in Hawaiʻi since 1983....

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Grassroot: Things to be Thankful for This Year
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:15 PM :: 4444 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Jones Act

...We are grateful for your partnership in striving for a Hawaii that leads the world in individual liberty and economic opportunity....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hawaii State Hospital Employees Game Overtime System
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 AM :: 8413 Views :: Health Care, Labor

A federal court order is being ignored so union members at the Hawai’i State Hospital can manipulate work rules....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hospital Crisis: How to Use Union Work Rules for Fun and Profit
By Andrew Walden @ 2:00 AM :: 9146 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Hawaii public hospital workers earn less but cost more than their private sector counterparts.  How is that possible?

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hospital Reform? Randy Perreira Says "F*** You"
By Andrew Walden @ 1:50 AM :: 17251 Views :: Health Care

..."Andrew Walden of the Hawai'i Free Press, actually called HHSC the 'HGEA job trust'"....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
HGEA Hospital Debacle: DOH Places Seven On Leave
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 4456 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...after decades ignoring the festering problems at the HGEA job trust State Hospital, AG and DoH pretend to suddenly be oh-so-very-concerned....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
2017 Survey: Home Health Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 4136 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...the annual median cost of long term care services in Hawaii increased an average of 5.51 percent from 2016 to 2017....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
‘Psychopathic’ escapee from Hawaii arrested in Stockton
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 5003 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputies said they arrested Randall Saito, the Hawaii State Hospital escapee, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 4340 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...the median wait time for treatment in the Queen’s Medical Center ER is about six hours and 20 minutes....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Fattest States? Hawaii Ranks 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 3770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...“Fat” is becoming the new normal in America....

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Obamacare: Ins Div Approves Yet Another Round of Massive Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 4195 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...These rates are expected to affect approximately 34,000 individuals currently purchasing ACA individual plans....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Congress to Investigate Lack of VA Care in Pacific Island Territories
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 4206 Views :: Health Care, Military

...veterans in American Samoa must travel over 2,500 miles to receive care in Hawaii....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
State’s Hyperbaric Treatment Center to remain closed through November
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 4825 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

... “next nearest chambers on Guam and the mainland”....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Brian Schatz wants to put you on Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 4448 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care

“We want to make sure that people understand that we have a vision for the future.” -- Sen Brian Schatz

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Friday, October 6, 2017
RU486: ACLU Chooses Hawaii to Launch Abortion Drug Litigation
By Selected News Articles @ 11:43 AM :: 4708 Views :: Health Care, Life

...The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii filed a federal lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration over federal restrictions that require a doctor's prescription to get an abortion pill....

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Hawaii Joins States with Highest-Rated Health Insurance Plans
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 3898 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Hawaii moved up from 11th to 7th ....

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Best Cities for Disabled? -- Honolulu Ranks 62nd
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 3690 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...According to the Social Security Administration, one in five Americans lives with a disability, and one in 10 has a severe disability....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Why is Hawaii so Healthy? Gallup vs Bloomberg
By Selected News Articles @ 1:32 PM :: 5078 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...Gallup says it's exercise, Bloomberg says it's labor unions....

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
US Senate Investigating Hawaii's Soaring Medicaid Costs
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 5075 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...CMS data show that total costs for new Medicaid beneficiaries in Hawaii rose from $249.1 million in 2014 to $437.4 million in 2015-a 76 percent single-year increase. Costs per-enrollee jumped 73 percent in that same period, going from $7,462 in 2014 to $12,910 in 2015....

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Sunday, September 24, 2017
​GOP Obamacare Repeal Deal Would Boost Hawaii Medicare and Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 AM :: 3687 Views :: Health Care

...Provides for an increased federal Medicaid matching rate (FMAP) for both Alaska and Hawaii....

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Report: Hawaii Health Insurance Jumps by Avg of $341
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 4902 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Only five states had statistically significant increases in single coverage premiums 2015 to 2016 -- Hawaii is 5th ....

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Saturday, September 16, 2017
Hawaii Uninsured Rate Drops 4.36% Since 2010
By Selected News Articles @ 3:21 PM :: 3725 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Change in Uninsured Rate Between 2010 & 2016 -- -4.36%....

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Sunday, September 10, 2017
How to fix health care in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:28 PM :: 3587 Views :: Health Care

...foster greater competition among doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurance companies, by simplifying the regulatory environment....

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Friday, September 8, 2017
DoH Cancels Flu Vaccinations at Dozens of Oahu Schools and All Private Schools
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 4261 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

...the State can pay billions for Rail but it can't pay thousands for vaccinations....

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Sunday, September 3, 2017
AG Chin Defeats Parents of Disabled Children
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 4545 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

...A copy of the decision, Rachel H. v. Department of Education, State of Hawaii, is attached....

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Saturday, September 2, 2017
Risky, Overused Medications Prescribed Far Less Often in the Aloha State
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 AM :: 5375 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...Medicare patients in Hawaii take fewer opioid painkillers and fewer antibiotics, on average, than those in any other state. Physicians and health policy experts cite demographics and healthier lifestyles as possible reasons why....

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Friday, September 1, 2017
Hawaii 4th-Lowest Obesity Rate
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 3364 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii's adult obesity rate is currently 23.8 percent, up from 15.7 percent in 2000 and from 8.9 percent in 1990....

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