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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $21.7M CIP for HHSC, Mostly for EHRs
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 4039 Views :: Health Care

$14,321,000 – Information/Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System, statewide....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Think your state has Obamacare problems? They’re nothing compared to Guam
By Selected News Articles @ 11:01 PM :: 4492 Views :: Health Care

Beginning Jan. 1, regulators expect it will be literally impossible for an individual to buy a new policy in the Northern Mariana Islands, and difficult in other territories....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
E.R. Costs for Mentally Ill Soar, and Hospitals Seek Better Way
By Selected News Articles @ 12:45 PM :: 4112 Views :: Health Care

In the past, paramedics would have taken the man to the closest hospital emergency room.... But instead, under a pilot program, paramedics ushered him through the doors of Holly Hill Hospital, a commercial psychiatric facility....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Gary Gill Appointed Temporary Health Dep’t Director
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 5226 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...the Governor has until Feb. 9, 2014, to name a permanent director....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector: One More Day to Get Obamacare
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 4169 Views :: Health Care

Hawai'i Health Connector is extending its enrollment deadline from December 23 to tomorrow, December 24, in line with a federal announcement earlier today....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
This Is Exactly What Health Care Reform Is Supposed to Do
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:20 PM :: 3567 Views :: Health Care

Medicaid wasn’t working for Moise....

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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Hawaii Scores 60% on Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 3497 Views :: Health Care

the nation's ability to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks is hampered by outdated systems and limited resources....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Hawaii Obamacare exchange not fiscally sustainable, lawmakers told
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:37 PM :: 4246 Views :: Health Care

...the exchange will be expected to fund its $10 million to $14 million in annual operations through fees on local insurance companies....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Medicaid Is No Obamacare Success Story, Mr. President
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:06 PM :: 3311 Views :: Health Care

Most of the people applying for Obamacare are being funneled into Medicaid....

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Thursday, December 19, 2013
ObamaCare's Troubles Are Only Beginning
By NCPA @ 12:52 PM :: 3180 Views :: Health Care

ObamaCare is only going to get worse....

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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Top 10 Broken Obamacare Promises
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:41 AM :: 3040 Views :: Health Care

As Obama so ironically threatened in 2009, “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.” To that end, here are 10 promises of Obamacare that have already been broken....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Hawaiian Pacific Health Survey will Sample 4,000 Households
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 5568 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education

U.S. government that it is taking steps to improve the collection of health data for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
City Ambulance Contractor Turns Down 30-40% of Calls in Leeward Oahu
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:15 PM :: 5398 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

"Turning down 30-40% of requested calls puts our residents at a greater risk of death or prolonged injury and is unacceptable,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
As Hundreds of Hawaii Doctors Threaten to Quit, Obama Administration Delays EHR
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 5293 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

CMS recently announced that it will extend the federal programs to encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records ....

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Monday, December 16, 2013
Secret Obamacare handbook the feds don’t want you to see is online
By Selected News Articles @ 3:53 PM :: 3656 Views :: Health Care

The 217-page manual reads like a primer for Amway....

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Monday, December 16, 2013
How to Help Uninsured Americans
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 PM :: 3069 Views :: Health Care

Two of the problems Obamacare promised to solve were getting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and helping the uninsured get coverage....

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Feds: Hawaii Health Connector Sign-up Count Inflated
By Andrew Walden @ 7:51 PM :: 4118 Views :: Health Care

...the “Number of Individuals Who Have Selected a Marketplace Plan” is “pre-effectuated” -- including individuals who have not made any premium payments....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Keeping Patients in Dedicated Observation Units Could Save Millions
By NCPA @ 10:06 PM :: 3207 Views :: Health Care

...dedicated hospital observation units could lead to $950 million in national cost savings, according to a new study in Health Affairs....

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Queens Hospital Losing Revenue, Furloughs Management Employees
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 PM :: 5087 Views :: Health Care

...nonessential management employees are being furloughed three days per month for the next six months as part of a cost-cutting drive....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Violence at Hawaii State Hospital: Senate Committees Set Informational Briefing
By News Release @ 9:14 PM :: 4615 Views :: Health Care, Labor
  • DATE: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Payment Due: The Obamacare Deadline No One Is Talking About
By Selected News Articles @ 8:58 PM :: 3786 Views :: Health Care

...amid the rush to enroll as many people as possible by the Dec. 23 deadline, there's a huge caveat that isn't getting much public attention: For coverage to take effect on Jan. 1, enrollees must pay their first month's premium....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Are We About To Face A Severe Doctor Shortage?
By NCPA @ 8:04 PM :: 3469 Views :: Health Care

To meet the promise of free preventive care nationwide, every family doctor in America would have to work full-time delivering it, leaving no time for all the other things they need to do....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
America's Health Rankings: Hawaii #1
By News Release @ 12:39 AM :: 5170 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

In Hawaii, 48.2 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 28.0 percent with less than a high school education....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
State Releases 2014 Health Insurance Premiums Comparison Sheet
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 5147 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...a health insurance premium sheet that will give consumers a better idea of what a new 2014 Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan will cost compared to their existing 2013 health plan....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Insurance Division Updates Affordable Care Act Overview
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 3640 Views :: Health Care

On November 14, 2013, President Obama announced that States could decide whether to allow small group and individual health insurance policies existing on Oct. 1, 2013 to be renewed for a policy year starting between January 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tom Matsuda Officially Begins As Interim Executive Director
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 5652 Views :: Health Care

Matsuda resigned his post as Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation manager in the Governor’s office on Friday, Dec. 6....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
ACA: What to Expect for 2014
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 3692 Views :: Health Care

A summary of changes coming up as a result of the Affordable Care Act in 2014....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
HAH: Hawaii Long Term Care Providers Improve Quality
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 4406 Views :: Health Care

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) praised a select group of local, long term care member providers for their achievement....

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Monday, December 9, 2013
Hawaii Praised for Stealing Less than Half of Tobacco Settlement Funds
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 5107 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Fifteen years after the 1998 state tobacco settlement, Hawaii ranks 5th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking....

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Monday, December 9, 2013
Hawaii Health Exchange Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Attack
By Video @ 6:45 PM :: 3675 Views :: Health Care

...state-run exchanges in Minnesota, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are vulnerable....

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Monday, December 9, 2013
HI health exchange has signed up 574 people, for about $348,000 apiece
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:24 PM :: 4097 Views :: Health Care

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, one of the state’s most vocal advocates of Obamacare, predicted at a news conference Sept. 17 that the state’s 100,000 uninsured, plus thousands more, would sign up for insurance once the Health Connector launched Oct. 1....

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Monday, December 9, 2013
How to Help Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:44 AM :: 3333 Views :: Health Care

In 2011, the Obama Administration suggested that as many as 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions were “at risk” and “could be denied coverage” without Obamacare....

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Friday, December 6, 2013
Home Community-Based Services Working Group to Meet
By News Release @ 6:04 AM :: 3568 Views :: Health Care
  • DATE: Monday, December 9, 2013
  • TIME: 2:00 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329, State Capitol 
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Federal safety inspectors investigating violence at Hawaii State Hospital
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:35 PM :: 5276 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating  the Hawaii State Hospital, hospital administrators have confirmed....

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
House Committees Demand Update on Hawaii Health Connector
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 3737 Views :: Health Care

...recommended legislation related to Hawai`i’s insurance exchange for the 2014 legislative session....

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
We Bet You Haven't Heard This About Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:44 PM :: 4416 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The plan on the table in Congress would raise the federal minimum wage above $10 an hour (which is higher than all existing state rates)....

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Medicaid Buy-in Task Force Meeting Monday
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 4861 Views :: Health Care, Labor
  • DATE: Monday, December 09, 2013
  • TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sick of Obamacare? We've Got Something Different
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:38 PM :: 3378 Views :: Health Care

The President said yesterday that he’s “learned not to make wild promises” anymore....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
HI health exchange violates federal law, League of Women Voters say
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:28 PM :: 3705 Views :: Health Care

...the AG told the league the health connector is not required to provide voter information on its website because it is an independent, nonprofit agency....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Hawaii: More than 70% of new HIV Cases tied to Gay Sex
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 5934 Views :: Family, Health Care

High HIV prevalence, lack of awareness of HIV-positive status, unprotected anal sex, and increased viral load among HIV-positive MSM not on antiretroviral treatment contribute substantially to new infections among this population....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
What Will Happen When (and If) HealthCare.gov Actually Works
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:44 AM :: 3662 Views :: Health Care

HealthCare.gov can’t fix anything that’s wrong with Obamacare....

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Monday, December 2, 2013
Lack of Transparency Leads Many to Ask: Who Has Connections to CGI?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 PM :: 7602 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

Because Hawaii legislators exempted the health law from many of the rules that hold other government ventures accountable, there remain more questions than answers about the debacle....

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Sunday, December 1, 2013
World AIDS Day: Gay Inc Drops HIV for Marriage, Military & Money
By Selected News Articles @ 8:45 PM :: 8911 Views :: Family, Health Care, Homelessness
Today is World AIDS Day, but in Hawaii the focus is on tomorrow, the first day for legal gay marriage....
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and Religious Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:40 AM :: 4980 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care

From 1621, when the Pilgrims arrived in the New World, to 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it a federal holiday, thanking God and practicing religion were of paramount importance....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Legislative Working Group to Discuss Foster Family Homes
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 6441 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Health Care
  • DATE: Monday, December 02, 2013
  • TIME: 2:00 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329 State Capitol
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Obamacare Undermines American Values
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:48 PM :: 3820 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare goes against prioritizing help for the disabled over assistance for able-bodied adults....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Delusional: Schatz Claims Obamacare Has Saved Hawaii Seniors $35M
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 4030 Views :: Health Care

...Meanwhile HMSA Announces ANOTHER 4.4% Rate Hike Thanks to Obamacare....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Obamacare Gives Insurance Commissioner Powerful Incentive to Raise Rates
By NCPA @ 12:22 PM :: 3981 Views :: Health Care

...a commissioner who insists on lower premiums will reduce the amount of care available to subsidized voters without saving them a dime...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
What EVERYONE Will Be Talking About at Thanksgiving Dinner
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:31 AM :: 3688 Views :: Health Care

Organizing for America (OFA), President Obama’s campaign group, has a big push called “Health Care for the Holidays” that urges people to “have the talk” with their loved ones about getting health insurance....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector director steps down after health exchange’s failure
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:12 PM :: 4244 Views :: Health Care

As of Nov. 15, just 257 individuals have secured health care through the exchange....

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