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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 3rd in Certificate-of-Need Laws--Which Mean Fewer Services for Patients
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 5692 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii has 49 different CON laws, 3rd highest in USA....

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
NY Attorney General: 79% of ‘Natural Supplements’ Totally Fake
By News Release @ 2:58 AM :: 5956 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, GMOs

Yet another black eye for the industry which funds anti-GMO activism....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Wes Lo's Smoking Gun: Improvement of Medical Services on Maui Started With Fight for Second Hospital
By Andrew Walden @ 7:34 PM :: 8040 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

If the Legislature fails to grant MMMC permission to negotiate a partnership agreement with HPH and MMMC goes bankrupt, this interview will be the smoking gun....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
'Right to Try' Legislation Can Save Lives
By Rep Gene Ward @ 6:32 PM :: 5375 Views :: Health Care, Life

“The bottom line of this bill is to start saving lives."

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Former charity director indicted for theft
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 5284 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

The defendant is the former executive director of the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Slom to Feds: Investigate Criminal Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:57 PM :: 5181 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...dishonesty and financial carelessness by the managers of the Hawaii Health Connector have been so rampant as to be criminal in nature....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Procurement Violations: Feds May Demand Hawaii Health Connector Repay Grant
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:47 PM :: 4250 Views :: Health Care

...We noted numerous questionable travel and entertainment costs as well as unsupported severance pay. These questionable costs may be disallowed by the funding agency....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Thanks to Obamacare, ILWU Contract Maybe Short-Lived
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 5445 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...if the new contract extends longer than three years, that will be a surprise to many....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
HB92: Terminal Patients 'Right to Try' Legislation Introduced in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:33 PM :: 5147 Views :: Health Care, Life

...more than 20 states have introduced so-called "Right to Try" bills in the hopes of allowing terminally ill patients to access experimental—and potentially life-saving—treatments more easily....

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Improve Health Care Competition by Repealing State Laws
By NCPA @ 9:52 AM :: 3661 Views :: Health Care

...Repeal certificate of need (CON) laws....

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
AARP Hawaii Supports Caregiver Bill
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 6139 Views :: Family, Health Care

The CARE Act will help families by involving family caregivers more intentionally in the hospital discharge process....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Vaccination Refusal: Study Documents Rise of Ignorance in 'Progressive' Communities
By Selected News Articles @ 11:11 PM :: 4157 Views :: Health Care

...the proportion of children who’d missed one or more shots increased from an average of 8 percent at the beginning of the study period to 12.4 percent at the end....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Smoking is a Million Dollar Habit--and Hawaii is More Expensive than Most
By Selected News Articles @ 1:54 PM :: 5704 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

The cost of tobacco for every smoker is $1,029,646 over a lifetime....

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
New Medicaid Enrollees: Many Need Addiction Treatment
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 5495 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

...newly eligible adults will have access to addiction treatments this year, many for the first time....

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Friday, January 16, 2015
Hawaii Obamacare exchange projected to be financially viable — in 2022
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:38 PM :: 4082 Views :: Health Care

...a new report from the Hawaii Commerce and Consumer Affairs Department shows the Connector won’t be fiscally sustainable until 2022....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii Senate Minority announces legislative agenda for 2015
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 9939 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Economy, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

Top concerns include the state economy, education, the Hawaii Health Connector, oversight of the Public Utilities Commission in light of the Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra merger, and positively affecting the cost of living for Hawaii residents....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Litigation Update: the Affordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 1:39 PM :: 4000 Views :: Health Care

The Affordable Care Act is now law, but controversy over the bill is far from over....

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Study: Obamacare Drives Up Medical Costs, But Hawaii Prepaid Protects State
By Selected News Articles @ 9:33 PM :: 5085 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...five states with the lowest costs Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Hawaii....

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
HGEA Boss: Borreca is an Anti-Union Parrot
By Andrew Walden @ 6:53 PM :: 5804 Views :: Health Care, Labor

All of the problems sister isle medical patients face trace back to Randy Perreira's need to keep his pathetic little union presidency job....

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Friday, January 9, 2015
Last Chance? Maui Memorial Proposes Partnership with Straub, Pali Momi--HGEA Rejects
By Andrew Walden @ 11:36 PM :: 7914 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Setting the stage as the executives walked in, the Hawaiian flag flew upside down outside HHSC's Leahi Hospital....

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Friday, January 9, 2015
Hawaii to Fill Medicaid Fee Shortfall for Six Months
By Andrew Walden @ 11:06 PM :: 3621 Views :: Health Care

Without the six-month extension, Medicaid providers in Hawaii would have suffered a 48 percent pay cut....

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
HHSC Maui and HPH -- Solutions for Hospitals' Longevity
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 3922 Views :: Health Care

HHSC Maui Region Enters Partnership Discussion with Hawai‘i Pacific Health....

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
American Cancer Society Hawaii: 6,730 New Cases of Cancer Expected in 2015
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 5041 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...It is projected that 2,470 will lose their lives this year in Hawaii because of cancer....

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Full Text: Health Connector Releases Annual Report
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 3653 Views :: Health Care

AP: Insurer reports ongoing problems with Hawaii health exchange....

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Monday, January 5, 2015
No Health Benefit from Cigarette Tax Hikes
By NCPA @ 11:42 AM :: 5221 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

Smokers earning less than $30,000 annually spent 14.2 percent of their income on cigarettes....

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Friday, January 2, 2015
DHS Gives Medicaid Doctors Six-Month Reprieve from 48% Pay Cut
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 3997 Views :: Health Care

In Hawaii during this period, 1,039 eligible PCPs received an aggregate increased payment of approximately $44 million for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Single Payer Collapses in Vermont--Is David Ige Listening?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 5471 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

Then-Senator David Ige was a key supporter of the universal coverage plan in 2009, but whether he’ll pick up the cause as Governor is unclear....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Troubled Obamacare vendor awarded new Hawaii contract
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:14 PM :: 3917 Views :: Health Care

Montreal-based CGI Group Inc. will be awarded another year-long state maintenance contract despite the ongoing problems with the site....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Briefing: Doctors Discuss Challenge of Working With Medicaid
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 4118 Views :: Health Care

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:00 AM, Conference Room 329, State Capitol....

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Task Force: Legislature Must Act This Session to Get Obamacare Waiver for Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 4003 Views :: Health Care

This report does not make any substantive recommendations to the Legislature related to innovations that should be included in a waiver proposal....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Only 3,500 Sign Up for Obamacare in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:26 AM :: 7232 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

3,500 is far short of the 130,000 cited by Kissel in a Nov 28 Star-Adv interview as a break-even figure for the Connector....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Feds Pay Hawaii to 'Test health care payment and service delivery models'
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 3428 Views :: Health Care

...to design and test health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Hawaii Teens #1 in E-Cigarette Use
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 5952 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Study sheds new light on e-cigarette behaviors in teens as regulators consider curbing sales to minors....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 5th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 4330 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations....

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Obamacare Increasing Coverage, but Not Access to Health Care
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:10 PM :: 3574 Views :: Health Care

...there’s a big difference between insurance coverage and access to health care services....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii DoH: Significant Increase in E-Cigarette Use among Public School Teens
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 4564 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

“Evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are being used by students who are not cigarette smokers....”

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 4400 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii’s strengths include low prevalence of obesity and low rate of preventable hospitalizations; state’s challenges include high prevalence of binge drinking and high incidence of infectious disease....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Auditor: Hearing Aid Insurance Mandate Not Needed
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 3534 Views :: Health Care

...HMSA, UHA, and HMAA now provide coverage for hearing aids, and Kaiser plans to begin covering hearing aids in January 2015.....

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jealousy? Envy? -- Carbone Statement Fact Checked by I Mua Manoa
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 8280 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

...In addition, there were some people who did not like the changes we needed to implement in order to create a culture of productivity, accountability and meritocracy....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
University of Hawaii won’t talk about sex education program
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:45 PM :: 7642 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Higher Education

"...researchers are asking 11-year-olds whether they’ve had sex, how many partners they’ve had and if they’ve had anal sex...."

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Leaving Trail of Destruction, Carbone Suddenly Quits UH Cancer Center
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 5702 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

In a hastily called faculty and staff meeting at the Cancer Center at about 2:30 p.m. Friday....

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Friday, November 21, 2014
UH: Pono Choices Secretly Part of "Human Subject Research"
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 8509 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Higher Education

"...the Pono Choices survey instruments ... are part of an ongoing research project...."

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Friday, November 21, 2014
Feds Cut Maui Co Hospital Funding, Reclassify Kula, Lanai and Molokai as 'Urban'
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 4629 Views :: Health Care

...will lose their rural designation that allows acute care facilities within their boundaries to receive extra payments as critical access hospitals....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Hawaii: Buy Obamacare, Pay for Abortion
By Selected News Articles @ 12:43 PM :: 5473 Views :: Health Care, Life
Five years ago President Obama told lawmakers and the American public in a specially called joint session of Congress on healthcare reform that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion."…
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
HHSC Not Alone: US Rural Hospitals in Critical Condition
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 3693 Views :: Health Care

For many rural hospitals, partnering with big health systems is the only hope for survival....

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Study: Hawaii Best at Combating Lung Cancer
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 4733 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

WalletHub ranked the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 11 key metrics....

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Saturday, November 8, 2014
Kona Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility Loses Lease, Must Close
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 AM :: 6759 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Life

Planned Parenthood’s Kona Health Center will shut down after Monday, November 10....

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Friday, November 7, 2014
DHS Temporary Rules Maintain COFA Benefits
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 3897 Views :: Health Care

...McManaman announced that Governor Abercrombie approved and signed temporary emergency rules that maintain the status quo....

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Curing Medicare in the new Congress
By NCPA @ 11:48 PM :: 3576 Views :: Health Care

...continuous cuts to doctors will only reduce access to care....

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Hawaii Premature Birth Report Card -- 'C'
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 5359 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

In Hawaii 12.5% of births are premature....

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