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Monday, December 21, 2015
Report: Hawaii Youth Drug Overdose Deaths Double
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 6836 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii had the Sixth Lowest Rate of Youth Drug Overdose Death Rates, Rate has Doubled in Just Over a Decade....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Hawaii Poorly Prepared to Resist Infectious Disease Outbreak
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 4328 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii Scored Five Out of 10 on Key Indicators Related to Preventing, Detecting, Diagnosing and Responding to Outbreaks....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Vegetarian Questions
By Jack Dini @ 3:00 PM :: 6995 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

...fruits, vegetables, diary and seafood are more harmful to the environment because these foods have relatively high resource uses and green gas emissions per calorie....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
HHSC, DoH: Nineteen special funds and two trust funds did not meet criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:02 PM :: 3743 Views :: Health Care

Sixty-three special funds, revolving funds, trust funds, and trust accounts were reviewed....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Lawsuit: Deadly ‘Natural’ Supplement contained “methamphetamine-like chemical”
By Selected News Articles @ 12:53 PM :: 5280 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

'Natural' supplement makers are a key funding source for the anti-GMO movement....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Desperate: Obamacare Deadline Extended 48 Hours
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 3690 Views :: Health Care

...must enroll by 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Feds: ‘Organic Farms and General Opposition to Chemicals Present Insurmountable Obstacle’ to Dengue Eradication
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 6884 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

"...homeowner reluctance (many organic farms in the area and general opposition to chemicals) ... likely present unsurmountable obstacles...."

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Study: Honolulu Lowest Per-Patient Health Spending in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 AM :: 4309 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...spending per privately insured beneficiary in the highest spending HRR (Napa, CA) was $5,515.95, more than three times as high as spending in the lowest spending HRR (Honolulu, HI), which spent $1,707.38 per person....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
Medicare Penalizes Maui Memorial, Pali Momi, Wahiawa General over Safety Incidents
By Selected News Articles @ 12:20 AM :: 5045 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Medicare will lower all its payments to the penalized hospitals by 1 percent over the course of the federal fiscal year, which runs through September 2016....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gambling with our health in 2016
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:04 PM :: 5788 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...our monthly premium is going up over $200 – an increase of 34%. To be able to afford health insurance, we are downgrading our health care plan....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 6th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 1:16 PM :: 4420 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
Tobacco Companies Spend $4 to Market Products for Every $1 Hawaii Spends on Prevention....
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Friday, December 4, 2015
Hawaii Biotech Receives Contract To Develop Dengue Vaccine–Anti-GMO Activist Gabbard Supports
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 5012 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Leading anti-GMO, anti-Vaxxers, and anti-pesticide activists and politicians are supporting the GMO, vaccine, and pesticide application being used to fight dengue.  They are hypocrites and need to be called on it....

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Friday, November 20, 2015
Ige Shutting Down Health Connector in Midst of Reenrollment Drive
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 4599 Views :: Health Care

Open enrollment began on Nov. 1 and concludes on Jan. 31, 2016....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Feds Indict ‘Natural’ Supplements Makers behind Hawaii Death
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 4909 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Much of the alleged fraud focused on the defendants’ claims that their products were made from natural plant extracts.  In truth, as one defendant put it, “lol stuff is completely 100 % synthethic [sic]”....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
First Hawaii Women Veterans Conference Set for Saturday
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 5516 Views :: Health Care, Military

In Hawaii there are more than 14,000 women veterans; only 4,300 access their benefits and health care through the VA....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Congress asks Hawaii Health Exchange where the money went
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 4644 Views :: Health Care
“The hearing… did not answer all the committee’s questions nor fully assuaged its concerns that tax dollars have been, and are being, spent inappropriately.”
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Obamacare Covers 2.6% of Hawaii Insured
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 4494 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The uninsured rate pre-Obamacare was 7.89 percent and has fallen to a current rate of 5.27 percent, with 31,653 persons gaining health insurance....

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Thursday, November 5, 2015
Hawaii Gets 'C' on March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 4738 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the 2015 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card for the first time grades the state’s counties and reveals persistent disparities between communities and among racial and ethnic groups....

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The Unaffordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 1:02 PM :: 5910 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

As the sheen wears off of subsidized health coverage, and more Americans find they are paying hundreds per month for coverage that provides few benefits....

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Hawaii Is the State with the Smallest Weight Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 12:54 PM :: 4314 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Our data set ranges from the percentage of adults and children who are overweight and obese to the sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents....

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Video: Why Privatize State Hospitals?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:43 AM :: 3926 Views :: Health Care

Leonard Gilroy, editor of the widely-read Annual Privatization Report, is an expert in how local, state, and federal governments are bringing competition to public services....

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Sunday, November 1, 2015
63% of Americans Blame Mental Health—Not Guns—for Mass Shootings
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 4610 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

...mass shootings in this country are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems....

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Sunday, November 1, 2015
40,000 Hawaii Obamacare Enrollees Have to Start All Over with Feds
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 3887 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii residents can go directly to Healthcare.gov or call toll free 1(800) 318-2596 to find a suitable plan and can enroll through January 31, 2016....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Hawaii Health Department Vulnerable to Waste and Abuse
By NCPA @ 12:30 PM :: 5049 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

An investigation by Hawaii's state auditor into the state's Department of Health....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
State, Kaiser Begin Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 6299 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The state will negotiate in good faith to secure the best possible outcome for our citizens and for employees of the facilities involved,” said Gov. David Ige....

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Keeping Track of Sex-Ed in DoE Classrooms
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:05 PM :: 7650 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

The new policy also requires that a description of the curriculum used by the school to be made available to parents before instruction starts....

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Labor Market Effects: Obamacare vs Hawaii Prepaid Health Care
By NCPA @ 12:15 PM :: 6044 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...0.5 to 1 percentage point increase in the part-time fraction in high-uninsurance states relative to low-uninsurance states....

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Friday, October 16, 2015
Federal Report: Hawaii Obamacare Exchange has Returned no Unspent Money
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 12:13 PM :: 4096 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii, which is in the process of closing out its exchange, received $205,342,270....

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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Obamacare: 30% of Large Employer Plans Hit by Cadillac Tax
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 4374 Views :: Health Care, Labor

New Study Finds Excise Tax is Having Significant Impact on U.S. Employers ....

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
New Assisted Suicide Law Could Especially Hurt the Poor
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 PM :: 5033 Views :: Health Care, Life
“You read about Oregon denying someone a lung transplant, but, ‘Here, you can you have these pills.’”
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Obamacare Rate Hikes Approved: 27% HMSA, 34% Kaiser
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 4709 Views :: Health Care

... factors were “pent up demand” for services sought by previously uninsured individuals, transitional plans and previously low penalties for ignoring ACA’s individual mandate keeping healthy populations out of the marketplace, high cost specialty drugs, and ACA taxes and fees ....

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Sunday, October 4, 2015
These Democrats Who Voted For Obamacare Are Now Desperate To Change It
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 AM :: 6012 Views :: Democratic Party, Health Care, Labor

Now 41 of them say it has a major flaw that needs to be changed....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Video: House Investigates Hawaii Obamacare Exchange
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 11:55 PM :: 3858 Views :: Health Care

Witnesses from six states - California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon – attended the hearing....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Feds Demand their Money Back from Dysfunctional Hawaii Medicaid Fraud Unit
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 5943 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...reimbursing OIG for Federal financial participation claimed for costs related to investigations of ineligible cases, to misplaced equipment, and to unallowable costs for equipment....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Analysis: Hawaii First State to Seek Obamacare Waiver
By Selected News Articles @ 10:20 PM :: 6485 Views :: Health Care

...On September 9 Hawaii became the first state to post a draft waiver proposal for public comment....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Mazie Hirono, Bernie Sanders Denounce Obamacare Cadillac Tax
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 4574 Views :: Health Care

“The Cadillac tax is a harmful provision that would affect one in four employers,” Hirono said....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tsutsui: Ige Should Consider Halting Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 5731 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"...I believe that we should not rush to complete a deal...."

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Kaiser Selected to Operate Maui Memorial Hospital
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 5636 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

Act 103 authorized Maui Region to transfer its facilities to a new entity as a way to mitigate future budget deficits....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
'Natural' Supplements Sold in Hawaii Recalled -- 'Could be Lethal'
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 5696 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Using these products for more than a month could be lethal....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
DoH Releases Master Plan for Mental Hospital
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 3833 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe for more than a decade has been challenged with overcrowded patient conditions....

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Monday, September 21, 2015
Diabetes Rates Increase in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 4476 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

But Hawaii has 3rd lowest obesity rates....

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Monday, September 21, 2015
Feds Coming for 14th Annual CNHA Confab
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 4955 Views :: Akaka Bill, Health Care

President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Visits Hawaii for the First Time....

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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Feds Rate Hawaii Health Insurance Plans
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 4151 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...health plans are rated based on performance and quality of care....

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Friday, September 18, 2015
Report Finds Hawaii’s Obamacare Exchange Wasted At Least $11 Million
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:43 AM :: 4068 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii Health Connector failed to select the most qualified vendor for the best price, awarded a flawed, poorly written contract, and failed to monitor the contract....

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Thursday, September 17, 2015
Report: Challenges Facing Hawaii 40 Years After the Prepaid Health Care Act
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 5411 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...premiums are expected to rise further as a result of various Affordable Care Act-related fees....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Hawaii Hits Residents with Wave of New Bans
By Selected News Articles @ 4:19 PM :: 6368 Views :: Environment, Health Care, Law Enforcement
“There is absolutely no reason to ban e-cigarettes”
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Study: Hawaii Ranks 4th in Safer Sex
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 4471 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...ranking states on two measures of safer sex: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and contraception across eight (8) indicators....

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Sexually Active High Schoolers Without Birth Control—Hawaii Ranks 7th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 5922 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

CDC Youth Behavior Risk Survey data ....

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Monday, September 14, 2015
Video: Why are there so few doctors in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:01 PM :: 4511 Views :: Health Care

...guest host Joe Kent speaks with physician Kyle Varner about the shortage of doctors in the Aloha state....

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Saturday, September 12, 2015
Obamacare Waiver: Ige Plans Statewide Hearings
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 4122 Views :: Health Care

...statewide public briefings on three health care initiatives meant to improve insurance coverage, health care access, and coordination of care....

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