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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Hospital Financial Crisis Brings House Health Committee to Maui
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 3684 Views :: Health Care

Public hearing 5:30 p.m. Monday Nov 10, 2014 Maui Waena School, 795 Onehee St., Kahului....

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Supreme Court Upholds State's Right to Cut COFA Benefits
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 5466 Views :: National News, Health Care

...a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court validates the state’s authority to determine the level of health care coverage provided to noncitizens who are ineligible for federal Medicaid....

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Project AWARE: DoE Awarded $12.7M for Federal Anti-Bullying Program
By News Release @ 12:34 AM :: 5197 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

Staff from three complex areas will receive training and assistance....

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Sunday, November 2, 2014
HMSA 19% Rate Hike -- Family Plan $2073/month
By Andrew Walden @ 9:09 PM :: 7706 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

If approved, this would be the largest rate hike in recent HMSA history....

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Friday, October 31, 2014
David Ige Decries The Healthcare Disaster He Helped Create
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 4154 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector Is The Most Expensive Obamacare Exchange In The Country....

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hawaii health officials: No automatic Ebola-related quarantine
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:36 PM :: 5470 Views :: Health Care, Military

New Jersey, New York and Illinois have imposed mandatory quarantines for health care workers who treated Ebola patients in West Africa....

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Hawaii Medical Association Endorses Djou
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 5127 Views :: Health Care, Politicians

"Hawaii's medical doctors understand the need to reform healthcare in America the right way and I am honored to earn their support," commented Djou....

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Monday, October 20, 2014
Ige's HHSC Mess Gets Worse
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 5102 Views :: Health Care

...Star Advertiser Editorial Slams Chairman Ige And His Fellow Legislators For Their Failure....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Hawaii CON Limits Patients' Access to Life-Saving Exams
By NCPA @ 2:51 PM :: 3784 Views :: Health Care

Certificate-of-need (CON) laws prohibit health care providers from offering new services or new medical equipment without approval from the state....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Health Care: Ige’s Epic Disaster
By Video @ 2:24 PM :: 5016 Views :: Health Care, Politicians

Hawaii Health Connector and more ....

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The Forgiving Democratic Electorate
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 3596 Views :: Health Care

... the Connector was “a creature of the legislature”....

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
New director takes over Hawaii’s troubled Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:14 PM :: 3856 Views :: Health Care

...state administration and some key lawmakers want the state Department of Human Services  to take over the Connector....

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ige Still Has No Answers For His HHSC Fiscal Crisis
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 5538 Views :: Health Care, Politicians

The Problem Is So Dire, Other Democrat Leaders Are Calling For An Emergency Special Session....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Ige Co-Sponsored Hawaii Health Exchange Failure
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 3445 Views :: Health Care

Senator Ige Co-Sponsored And Supported The Hawaii Health Connector Bill That Governor Abercrombie Signed Into Law....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
UH Bribes 'Pono Choices' Students With $52,200.00 in gift cards
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 5:39 PM :: 6926 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

...Students, the teachers, and community liaisons were given over $52,000.00 in gift cards in violation of Hawaii State law....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
VIDEO: New Ad Hammers Ige's Health Exchange Debacle
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 5214 Views :: Health Care, Politicians

Ige co-sponsored the bill creating the failed Hawaii Health Exchange....

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Ebola: Where are the Anti-GMO Protesters Now?
By Joni Kamiya @ 4:25 PM :: 6275 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

According to the CDC website, genetic testing is used to diagnose this deadly disease....

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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Health Connector Names New CEO
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 3892 Views :: Health Care

Most recently, Kissel was president and CEO of Hawai‘i GAS....

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Hawaii officials on alert after Ebola scare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:23 PM :: 4244 Views :: Health Care

Medical officials responded to an Ebola scare by placing a patient in isolation....

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Thursday, October 2, 2014
With Billions of Tourist Dollars at Stake, DoH Quickly Slaps Down Talk of Ebola
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 4300 Views :: Health Care, Tourism

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has determined that the individual in isolation at a Honolulu hospital who was reported to the department as a possible Ebola case yesterday does not meet the criteria for testing....

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Disabled? Honolulu Ranks 107th in Quality of Life
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 4722 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Honolulu ranks 107th overall, 124th for "Health Care Accessibility & Quality"....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
For Second Day In A Row, Ige Under Fire For State Hospital Mismanagement
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 6394 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

"Shamefully, legislators have known about this impending implosion for years, at least since late 2009...."

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Monday, September 29, 2014
Star Advertiser Editorial Slams Ige And Colleagues For State Hospital Woes
By News Release @ 7:11 PM :: 3756 Views :: Health Care

Senator Ige Ignored Warning Signs, Voted To Underfund Hospitals Now Cutting Services On Oahu, Maui And Kauai....

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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Livable Communities Survey Identifies Needs of Honolulu Residents 45+
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 5284 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

A survey of older adults on Oahu ranks affordable home health care and housing among the greatest needs....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Ige Purposefully Underfunded State Hospitals
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 4371 Views :: Health Care

As Chairman Of Ways And Means, Ige Purposefully Underfunded State Hospitals, Directly Resulting In This Fiscal Crisis....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Class Action Suit Seeks Treatment for Autistic Children in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 5649 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...accusing the State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services of denying critically needed treatment for autistic children....

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Friday, September 19, 2014
Auditor: Hawaii Health Insurers Should be Required to Cover Cleft Palate Surgery
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 3617 Views :: Health Care

...reports from California and Massachusetts indicating that mandated insurance coverage for orofacial anomalies increased premiums by two cents to four cents per member, per month....

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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Obamacare’s Second Open Enrollment Starts in Two Months — and It Is Going to be Awful
By NCPA @ 5:23 PM :: 3790 Views :: Health Care

...election day is November 4, and Obamacare’s second open enrollment begins on November 15....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Obama Admin: ACA Bans Use of Federal Funds for Abortion
By Selected News Articles @ 2:33 PM :: 4682 Views :: Health Care, Life

No federal funds are permitted to cover abortions or administer plans that cover abortion....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
No Option: All Hawaii Obamacare Plans Cover Abortion
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 PM :: 4874 Views :: Health Care, Life

...a potential violation of the law that says at least two plans must be available to consumers who don't want any association with the controversial procedure....

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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Autism Scholarship Program Provides Tailored Education
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 3760 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

...Students can begin receiving an Autism Scholarship as early as age 3....

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Djou: Exempt Hawaii from Obamacare, Jones Act
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:41 PM :: 6546 Views :: Health Care, Jones Act, Politicians

"Hawaii has America's highest cost of living and I am committed to reducing this burden...."

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Monday, September 8, 2014
The Abercrombie-Ige Agenda Isn't Working: High Cost Of Living Leads To Doctor Shortage, Wait Times
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 4562 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...A new report over the weekend on the growing doctor shortage is just the latest sign that the Abercrombie-Ige policy agenda is not working....

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Monday, September 8, 2014
Marijuana Task Force Releases Report Aimed at 2015 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 5984 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...The Dispensary System Task Force will submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including proposed legislation to the 2015 Legislature....

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Friday, September 5, 2014
Analyst Estimates Obamacare Will Increase Number of Uninsured
By NCPA @ 2:16 PM :: 2903 Views :: Health Care

...in 2017, two significant ACA provisions -- which keep insurance costs down by giving taxpayer dollars to insurance companies -- expire....

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
State Releases Premium Comparison for ACA Small Group Plans
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 3396 Views :: Health Care

...creates openness and rate transparency, and promotes increased competition by requiring Hawaii’s health insurers to allow its small group ACA rates to be published....

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Monday, August 25, 2014
$48M Shortfall: HHSC Layoffs Begin September 2
By Andrew Walden @ 11:38 PM :: 4900 Views :: Health Care

The following letter has been sent out to all HHSC employees....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hawaii Gets Mixed Reviews on Policies to Prevent and Fight Cancer
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 5483 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Hawaii is making progress when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hawaii’s largest insurance provider pulls small business plans from health exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:19 AM :: 3906 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii’s health-care exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, has taken another blow....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Medicaid Waiver Approval Can Take Four Years
By NCPA @ 12:12 PM :: 2850 Views :: Health Care

...On average, it takes CMS 190 days to approve a waiver, though it can take up to 1,637 days (more than four years!) to receive approval....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Cavasso: Hawaii Does Not Have Unlimited Funds to Prop Up Health Connector
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 3554 Views :: Health Care

“Bravo!…to HSMA for taking the lead in pulling out of the Health Connector...."

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ward Proposes Terminally Ill ‘Right to Try’ Investigational Drugs
By Rep Gene Ward @ 11:32 PM :: 3531 Views :: Health Care

...legislation that will make it legal for a terminally ill patient to access investigational drugs....

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Obamacare Still Struggling A Year Later
By NCPA @ 3:44 PM :: 2890 Views :: Health Care

...ACA enrollees may also be sicker....

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
GMO tobacco ‘mystery serum’ rescues Ebola virus victims
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 7740 Views :: World News, Health Care, GMOs
...Genetically engineered tobacco plants produce an experimental Ebola serum....
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Q&A: Ten Things You Need to Know About Boehner Suing Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:52 PM :: 6064 Views :: National News, Health Care, Judiciary

...Last week, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s failure to fully implement Obamacare....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Roofers: Obamacare Threatens Union Health Plan
By News Release @ 4:27 PM :: 5771 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"The ACA is threatening to dismantle multi-employer health and welfare funds that provide affordable, high-quality health care...."

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Medicaid Should Be Included in Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Proposal
By NCPA @ 2:37 PM :: 3998 Views :: Health Care

Ryan is looking back to the success of the 1996 welfare reform....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Hawaii Health ROI 4th in USA
By News Release @ 2:16 PM :: 4346 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...WalletHub used data from 47 states to construct a health-related return on investment metric....

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
In Spite of Medicaid Expansion, Hawaii Hospital Performance up 10.7%
By News Release @ 5:32 AM :: 4585 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Overall non-Medicaid expansion states improved their median INDEX score by 0.6% while Medicaid expansion states median INDEX scores declined by (0.80%)....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
US Territories Suddenly Exempted from Obamacare
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 AM :: 5730 Views :: National News, Health Care

The decision covers residents in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands...the law was "undermining the stability" of the territories' insurance markets....

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