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Monday, February 11, 2019
Medical Care is a Right—Except When it isn’t
By Mary Smart @ 9:41 PM :: 443 Views :: Health Care, Life

...In the State of Hawaii we protect turtle eggs and other animals, and yet we don’t give the same protections to our young humans....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
HB1184: Legislators Vote Down Infant Born Alive Protection Bill
By Mary Smart @ 5:21 AM :: 1080 Views :: Health Care, Life

... it is the first time in many years that a PRO-LIFE bill was actually heard in a committee ....

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Thursday, February 07, 2019
VA Town Hall Set for Honolulu
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 401 Views :: Health Care, Military

...To share information, resources, hear feedback from customers and to answer questions on VA health care, benefits, and memorial affairs....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
There’s insufficient evidence your sunscreen harms coral reefs
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 AM :: 592 Views :: Environment, Health Care, Tourism

...the few studies that have addressed the environmental impacts of sunscreens experimentally “are not representative of real world conditions”....

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Hawaii's dangerous idea: Allowing people to smoke is equivalent to killing them
By Selected News Articles @ 3:16 PM :: 630 Views :: Health Care, Life, Taxes

...This way of thinking could justify government intervention in nearly all aspects of a person's life....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
States with the Best Dental Health -- Hawaii Ranks 15th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:41 PM :: 390 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...data set ranges from share of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year to dental treatment costs to share of adults with low life satisfaction due to oral condition....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Auditor: Should Insurers be Required to Cover Mainland Air Ambulance?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:54 PM :: 411 Views :: Health Care

...The two largest health insurance providers in the State reported a total of 28 members that were recommended for medical transportation to the continental United States for treatment in 2016 and 2017. Insurance coverage was not provided in 11 cases, all of which involved members from a single insurance provider....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Medicaid Fraud: DHS Still Not Doing the Real Work
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:32 AM :: 558 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The recommendations not implemented are the ones where DHS actually has to go out and catch fraudsters, instead of just talking about it....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Hawaii receives mixed grades on tobacco prevention and cessation
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 547 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...American Lung Association ‘State of Tobacco Control’ Report Finds Hawaii Must Do More to Prevent, Reduce Tobacco Use....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Bullying, Safe Places: 2019 Keiki Caucus Package
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 390 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

...Bills include tobacco restrictions, bullying prevention, safe places for youth....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Naming Names: Hawaii Politicians Profit from Sub-Minimum Wage Sweatshops for the Disabled
By Selected News Articles @ 8:36 PM :: 2140 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor

...secrets of the system in our state through which public funds are funneled into private pockets while workers with disabilities toil away in sweatshops....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Video: Origins of the Opioid Crisis
By Video @ 10:10 PM :: 600 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...Dr. Jeffrey Singer exposes the facts and myths about the opioid overdose problem in the United States....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
DoH Reports 23,479 Medicated Dopers Statewide
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 713 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...As of Nov. 30, 2018 there were approximately 6,659 registered patients and 383 caregivers on Hawai‘i Island of the total 23,479 patients and 1,734 caregivers registered statewide. The primary reported condition for adult registered patients is ‘severe pain’. The primary reported condition for children under 18 years of age is ‘seizures’....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Hawaii Smokers Lose $48K Per Year
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 622 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...The Real Cost of Smoking by State....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Disabled: Hawaii Ranks 6th for Service, 49th for Opportunity
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 852 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...The Case for Inclusion 2019 Ranks States on Policies and Programs that Encourage Employment and Community Living....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
SPED Parents Asked to Sign up for Medicaid
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 657 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

...Medicaid may provide a partial reimbursement for medically and educationally necessary, health-related services when required for a student through his or her Individualized Education Plan....

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Friday, January 04, 2019
Government-Funded Sweatshops: No Minimum Wage for Hawaii Disabled Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:39 PM :: 1986 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...people with disabilities in Hawaii often work for pennies per hour while living on welfare benefits....

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Friday, December 28, 2018
Obamacare Waiver: Hawaii Only State to Skip Reinsurance
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 PM :: 1512 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...Reinsurance programs help insulate insurers from heavy losses if they end up enrolling a higher-risk population with higher claims. Insurers can thus lower their premiums, instead of raising rates....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Schatz: My Bills Designed to Trick Public into Accepting Socialized Medicine
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 PM :: 1235 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care

...Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said in an interview. “This is about moving the so-called Overton window.”....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
UH Study: Tweekers 15.1% of Emergency Room Traffic at Hawaii Hospital
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 1226 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...Amphetamine-positive patients spent more time per visit on average in the emergency department and were more likely to require medication and physical restraints....

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Monday, December 17, 2018
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 13th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 1196 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...Hawaii is spending $4.5 million this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is just 32.9 percent of the $13.7 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Report: Hawaii is the healthiest state in 2018
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 1039 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... America’s Health Rankings Annual Report ....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Whitewash: HGEA Members at State Hospital Get No Punishment for Saito Escape
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 1563 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

... Saito had sexual relations with at least three hospital staff members. Saito has been known for his manipulative nature, and sources say sexual relations took place on multiple occasions where he was able to obtain contraband ....

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Saturday, December 08, 2018
Health Insurance: Hawaii Cheapest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:33 AM :: 1117 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...total cost of premiums and potential spending on deductibles ranging from $4,664 in Hawaii to more than $8,000 in eight states....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
​Medicaid waivers allowed for inpatient psychiatric treatment
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 901 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

...a milestone for our efforts to reduce the preventable tragedies caused by the lack of inpatient treatment....

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Monday, November 19, 2018
Hawaii Grade C for Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Laws
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 970 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii is among only seven states retaining an outdated standard requiring that harm to self or others be imminent for a person to qualify for inpatient commitment....

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Auditor Rips Health Department Oversight of Board and Care Homes
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:19 PM :: 1090 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...Why is this such a difficult issue?  Because care home owners 'vote' their patients....

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Monday, November 12, 2018
Hawaii 3rd Skinniest State
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 AM :: 1351 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

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

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Honolulu VA has Lowest Job Vacancy Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:16 PM :: 1013 Views :: Health Care, Military

...Honolulu VA has the jobs filled--but its still not getting the job done....

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Honolulu VA Touts Few Improvements
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 1498 Views :: Health Care, Military

...Honolulu VA Medical Center Among Worst 30% -- again....

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Friday, November 09, 2018
Cost of Long Term Care--Hawaii 3rd Highest in USA
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 1297 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Hawaii among three most expensive states for home health aide services and for long term care in nursing facilities....

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Friday, November 09, 2018
Hawaii #1 State for Viagra Prescriptions
By News Release @ 3:51 AM :: 1104 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Which States Fill the Most (and Fewest) Prescriptions for Erectile Dysfunction Drugs?....

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Premature Birth--Hawaii Grade 'D'
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 973 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii-10.4% of live births are premature....

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Monday, November 05, 2018
Legislative Agenda: Oxycontin Will be Excuse to Make Your Insurance Policy Cover Marijuana
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 1221 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...Yes, your insurance rates will be going up, but we need our weed.  You straights exist to service us.  It is the order of things....

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Friday, November 02, 2018
​Hawaii DoE: 10% of Students Consider Suicide Each Year
By News Release @ 1:36 AM :: 1348 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...Hawaii students tried to take their own lives at a higher rate than their peers across the country....

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Honolulu VA Medical Center Among Worst 30% -- again
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 1939 Views :: Health Care, Military

...their overall statistics are in the bottom 10th percentile of the rating scale for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, employee satisfaction, primary care new patient wait time, and mental health continuity of care....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
The State of Obesity in Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 1056 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

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

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Auditor: DoH 'Loses' Paperwork--Kills Investigation of PKF Recycling Audit
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:53 PM :: 1874 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Originally bid at $76,400, the contract grew to $543,374—a 611 percent increase—while its scope shrank and the deliverables’ deadline were extended by a year. In the end, the PKF founder was arrested at the arport....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
DoH: Prepare Workflows for Optimal Suicide Experience Starting Jan 1
By News Release @ 2:11 PM :: 1014 Views :: Health Care, Life

...workflows that support timely referrals and effective clinical standards....

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Monday, October 15, 2018
Hawaii 2nd Lowest Uninsured Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 992 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Change in Uninsured Rate Between 2010 & 2017 -4.04% ....

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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Obamacare: 38-state lawsuit reveals deep national divide over states’ rights, federal role, taxation
By Selected News Articles @ 6:40 PM :: 1039 Views :: Health Care

...the case is expected to reach the Supreme Court, where the matter may be finally settled....

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Sunday, October 07, 2018
Guess Which Agency May Be Forgoing Millions in Federal Dollars?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1394 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Taxes

...It is very tempting for a DOE administrator to think, “There’s no benefit for us if we do all this work because the Legislature needs to fund us anyway...."

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Thursday, October 04, 2018
Pearl City: Lowest Percentage of Disabled in Poverty in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 1735 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...2018’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities....

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Years Later KOLEA System Still not 100% Compliant with Obamacare Requirements
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:30 PM :: 1056 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Follow-Up on Recommendations from Report No. 15-20, Audit of the Department of Human Services’ KOLEA System....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
DoH Report on Underage Transsexuals Makes no Mention of the Child Molesters who Victimize Them
By Andrew Walden @ 9:47 PM :: 1768 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The term “hate crime” comes up six times in the report but the phrase “child molestation” never appears....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
DoH Receives $8M Federal Grant to Fight Opioid Abuse
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 1100 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Americans initiating heroin use dropped by around half from 2016 to 2017. The number of Americans misusing opioids also dropped for the second year in a row, and the number receiving specialty treatment for heroin use increased....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
Report Ties Hawaii Youth Suicide Rate to HSTA Grab for HGEA Positions
By Andrew Walden @ 7:01 PM :: 4167 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care, Labor

"...Behavioral Specialists described an alarming frequency of significantly dangerous behaviors exhibited by a number of students, including suicide attempts that were nearly fatal...." 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
States With the Most Skin Cancer--Hawaii 33rd
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 AM :: 1173 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Annual skin cancer diagnoses: 20.3 per 100,000 residents....

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
UH Survey: HPV Vaccination Rates Low
By News Release @ 2:16 PM :: 1512 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...only 35 percent of daughters and 19 percent of sons had received all three shots of the vaccine series....

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Monday, August 06, 2018
Access to Healthcare--Hawaii Ranks 35th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:28 PM :: 1276 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... and Hawaii dead last in Physician Medicare Acceptance Rate ....

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