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Monday, November 25, 2013
Hawaii gets good grades for its state health system for low income populations
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 4877 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii ranks best in the nation according to The Commonwealth Fund....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
How Obamacare Discourages Work and Marriage
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:04 PM :: 5191 Views :: Family, Health Care

...the law perpetuates some of the country’s worst trends that trap people in poverty....

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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Some Employer Requirements of Obamacare
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 6573 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes is the new health care initiative going to affect businesses?

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Friday, November 22, 2013
Obamacare Fail: Hawaii Health Connector Exec Quits
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 5230 Views :: Health Care

Hawai‘i Health Connector today announced the appointment of Tom Matsuda, current Affordable Care Act implementation manager with the Governor’s office, as interim executive director....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Assaults at Hawaii hospital for criminally insane prompts Senate investigation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:17 PM :: 7264 Views :: Health Care, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

Assaults on workers at the Hawaii State Hospital are all too common, and taxpayers are picking up the tab for the cost of treatment and workers compensation....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
How Obamacare Will Try to Control What You Eat
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:01 PM :: 4561 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

Obamacare’s menu labeling regulation will be costly and time-consuming for businesses ....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
New medical codes for injuries from duck bites, drone strikes create headaches for doctors
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:56 PM :: 3794 Views :: Health Care

Hospitals may have to invest between $2 million and $5 million, and large health care organizations could spend as much as $20 million....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Health Insurers Express Worries over Obama Shift on Policy Cancellations
By NCPA @ 12:54 PM :: 3069 Views :: Health Care

If old plans are restored, "fewer healthy people and younger people would be leaving their current plans" ....

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Monday, November 18, 2013
The American People Rose Up to Repeal a Health Care Law Once Before. They Can Do It Again
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:10 AM :: 3842 Views :: Health Care

The law that promised health coverage for all has so far stripped 3.5 million Americans of their insurance....

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Saturday, November 16, 2013
Obamacare Hawaii: 170,000 Policies Cancelled, 257 people sign up
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 6281 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Between 25,000 and 30,000 Hawaii residents with individual plans and 140,000 people covered by small business policies had been notified their medical plans will be canceled or altered on Jan. 1....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Hawaii GOP: Obamacare Failure Driving Party Recruitment
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 4986 Views :: Health Care, Republican Party

25,000-30,000 Hawaii residents’ medical plans are set to be canceled January 1st....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
HI lawmakers critical of developer that created health-care, tax websites
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:03 PM :: 5856 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

The state Department of Taxation paid CGI Group more than $87 million over 12 years....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
HMSA: We Won't Cancel Policies Until After the Election
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 6694 Views :: Health Care

"...members who don't choose a new ACA plan by Dec. 15 will be re-enrolled in their current plan in December for another year to ensure they don't lose...." -- Yadao

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Do You Believe Obama This Time? How About Now? …Now?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:28 PM :: 3442 Views :: Health Care

Once upon a time, Obamacare was “settled” law that was “here to stay”....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Obama concedes, announces changes to health care law
By Selected News Articles @ 7:41 PM :: 3033 Views :: Health Care

President Obama said Thursday he will let Americans renew for one year any health plans that do not meet Obamacare's coverage standards....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Health Dept: 60% of Hawaii Teens' Drinking is Less Sugary
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 4501 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...Education works: Who needs a Beverage Tax?....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Obama Becoming a Punchline, but Obamacare Is No Joke
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:08 AM :: 3473 Views :: Health Care

“The Tonight Show” is a cultural bellwether, so when its studio audience roars its approval at Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) quip that Obamacare is “the biggest job killer in this country,” you know something’s happening across our land....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Medicaid Buy-In Task Force to Meet
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 5512 Views :: Health Care, Labor
  • DATE: Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • TIME: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229 State Capitol 
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tattering the Safety Net
By NCPA @ 11:52 AM :: 4541 Views :: Health Care

One of the ways that the health reform is being funded is through cuts in disproportionate share funding for hospitals....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Lim on Health Connector: Wrong Managers Hired Wrong Vendor
By Video @ 2:14 AM :: 4420 Views :: Health Care

The interview contains a valuable introduction to what the Affordable Care Act is and clearly explains the “Hawaii Healthcare Connector,” which Lim initiated as its start-up executive director....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Obama’s Promise of “Competition” in Obamacare: Also False
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:58 AM :: 3172 Views :: Health Care

In more than half of the counties in the U.S., people have only one or two insurance carriers offering coverage on their exchanges....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Analysis: Hawaii Health Connector Signs up only 2% of Projections
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 4526 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

By comparison, when Medicare Part D began, two-thirds of people who voluntarily enrolled in a plan did so after coverage began....

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Friday, November 8, 2013
New Federal Rule Mandates Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity for Insurance Plans
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 7386 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment
...ensures that health plans features like co-pays, deductibles and visit limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health/substance abuse disorders benefits than they are for medical/surgical benefits....
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Friday, November 8, 2013
More Special Obamacare Treatment — But Not for You
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:41 AM :: 3395 Views :: Health Care

The Obama Administration has indicated it will propose a new regulation that could give many unions a break from one of Obamacare’s new fees....

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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Answered: Why Two Obama Loyalists Lost Their Health Policies
By Selected News Articles @ 6:10 PM :: 3526 Views :: Health Care

It did not cover dependents in the manner set out by the law, and it did not cover pediatric dental....

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Thursday, November 7, 2013
They Liked Their Health Plans, But Can't Keep Them
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:05 PM :: 3434 Views :: Health Care

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” -- NOT!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Labor Unions May Get Health Law Tax Relief
By Selected News Articles @ 8:21 PM :: 3692 Views :: Health Care

Buried in rules issued last week is the disclosure that the administration will propose exempting “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from the law’s temporary reinsurance fee in 2015 and 2016....

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Caught in the Obamacare Web
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:43 PM :: 3437 Views :: Health Care
Hadley and Dougall want to make sure their personal information is removed from There's just one problem: Users can't delete their own accounts....
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector Still Refusing to Reveal Sign-up Numbers
By Andrew Walden @ 7:58 PM :: 4092 Views :: Health Care

The last update given to reporters was October 18 when the Hawaii Health Connector reported only 440 applications had been completed online....

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Who Is Affected by Obamacare? EVERYONE
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:15 PM :: 3796 Views :: Health Care

In response to the wave of insurance cancellations hitting millions of Americans, and the admission by some on the left that President Obama’s “if you like your plan” promise was false, Obamacare’s defenders are now taking a different tack....

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Monday, November 4, 2013
Security Violation Just the Tip of the Obamacare Iceberg
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:00 AM :: 3258 Views :: Health Care

Justin Hadley logged on to and found a big surprise—the eligibility information of another family in a different state....

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Sunday, November 3, 2013
Asset-Rich People Now Eligible for Hawaii Medicaid--But Can't Log on the Website
By Andrew Walden @ 5:54 AM :: 7309 Views :: Health Care

"Apparently I qualify for Medicaid, even though I have quite a bit of assets---way more than most people have when they retire."

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Saturday, November 2, 2013
Gabbard: ‘Coverage-Related Problems Raise Serious Concerns’ About Obamacare
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 3029 Views :: Health Care

"...the glitch-ridden launch of the online exchanges, and other coverage-related problems, have raised serious concerns....”

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Friday, November 1, 2013
CANCELLED: Oversight Hearing to Evaluate Foster Homes, Adult Residential Care Homes
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 7212 Views :: Family, Health Care

Monday, November 04, 2013 Hearing Cancelled

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Friday, November 1, 2013
The Conservative Alternative to Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:49 PM :: 3237 Views :: Health Care
We’ve been very critical of Obamacare because it’s hurting Americans. But that has caused some to ask, “What’s your alternative?”
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Friday, November 1, 2013
After Six Years Improvement, Hawaii Scores 'C' on Premature Birth
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 4470 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii’s preterm birth rate fell to 12.2 percent but the change was not enough to change its grade on the 2013 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card....

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Friday, November 1, 2013
A Psychiatric Trick or Treat
By NCPA @ 2:56 PM :: 3580 Views :: Health Care

Fifty years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation creating a federally funded Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) program....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
NYT: Obamacare 'Adverse Selection' Followed by 'Death Spiral'
By NCPA @ 2:36 PM :: 4056 Views :: Health Care

Economists call the process "adverse selection" and warn that in its worst iteration it could lead to a "death spiral" of falling enrollment and climbing prices....

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
State Releases 10-Year Report on Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:21 PM :: 6382 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

“The extensive report summarizes rates of treatment services in Hawaii and reflects substance abuse trends and areas of concern"

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Has Your Health Insurance Plan Been Canceled?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:37 PM :: 4883 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

"If you like your health care, you can keep your health care plan." --Obama, 2009 

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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Seminar Tackles Healthcare Options for Small Businesses in Hawaii
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:12 PM :: 4060 Views :: Health Care

...there are plans both ON and OFF the Affordable Health Act's Hawaii Health Connector web site that you are being encouraged to compare....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Emergency Appropriation for HHSC Hospitals to be Considered Monday
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 5080 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
  • TIME:     1:30 p.m.
  • PLACE:  Conference Room 309 State Capitol 415 South Beretania St
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Friday, October 25, 2013
Administration Caught in New Obamacare Dilemma
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:00 PM :: 3330 Views :: Health Care

Individuals who now believe they face maximum out-of-pocket costs of $2,000 may end up paying hundreds more....

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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Welfare subsidies on the rise in Hawaii
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:52 PM :: 5490 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii’s Legislature appropriated $2.75 billion for fiscal year 2013 and $2.83 billion for FY 2014 — or about 20 percent of the state general fund budget — for “social services” operating expense....

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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Obamacare Website Mess: 2010 Hawaii Audit Should Have Been ‘Red Flag’
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 5834 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc., another subsidiary, had been responsible for overhauling the IT systems for the Hawaii tax department....

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Thursday, October 24, 2013
3 Ways Obamacare Is Like
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:32 PM :: 3040 Views :: Health Care

The abject failure of the Obamacare website,, is proving quite the analogy for Obamacare itself....

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
How Obamacare Hurts You If You’re Looking for a Job
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:09 AM :: 4850 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Obamacare is keeping businesses from hiring....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Kaiser Health News: Thousands of Policies Cancelled Due to Obamacare
By Selected News Articles @ 9:12 PM :: 4742 Views :: Health Care

Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Obama Said This with a Straight Face
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:44 PM :: 3451 Views :: Health Care
“Thousands of people are signing up and saving money as we speak.”
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Monday, October 21, 2013
Death Spirals
By John Goodman @ 2:37 PM :: 3892 Views :: Health Care

A death spiral occurs when pricing in an insurance market spins out of control....

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