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Hawaii Senate Health Committee hears testimony on a bill on prescription drug price transparency

| Feb 15, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Senate Health Committee heard testimony on SB 605 on Wednesday. This bill, titled “Relating to Prescription Drugs,” received supportive testimony from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Hawaii and the Hawaii Primary Care Association (HPCA). The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) testified in opposition to...[ Read More ]

Barua begins new role at Honolulu’s Dept. of Community Services

Emily Boerger | Feb 10, 2021 | Hawaii

Joy Barua began his new role as the Deputy Director with the City & County of Honolulu’s Dept. of Community Services (DCS) on February 1. Previously, Barua served as the Senior Director of Government & Community Relations, and Community Benefit for Kaiser Permanente.     DCS oversees programs to meet...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: US Rep. Ed Case, Budget discussions, Health policy priorities

| Feb 2, 2021 | Hawaii

Our 2021 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference was an honor to host for the 300 or so folks who were able to join us for this virtual event. Now, we are planning our first ever conference focused on federal policy. Our 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus outlines 2021 policy priorities

Emily Boerger | Jan 27, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus (WLC) will push for bills to improve women’s health, address violence against women, and support women in the workplace during the 2021 legislative session. The caucus reviewed this year’s legislative package at a virtual breakfast meeting on Wednesday.     The bill package include two...[ Read More ]

Governor Ige delivers State of the State address and focuses on pandemic recovery and revenue shortfall

| Jan 25, 2021 | Hawaii

Governor David Ige delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature on Monday. In this address, he focused on Hawaii’s continued pandemic recovery and the expected revenue shortfall. He also focused on the effect that the loss of tourism has had on the state. ...[ Read More ]

Experts discuss budget issues facing Hawaii in 2021

Mansur Shaheen | Jan 22, 2021 | Hawaii

Balancing Hawaii’s budget will be the toughest challenge facing the state legislature in the 2021 session. The COVID-19 pandemic severely hurt a thriving economy and a once best-in-the-nation unemployment rate has ballooned. Legislators discussed the problems the state faces, and potential solutions, at the “Impacts of COVID on the State...[ Read More ]

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