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Legislature votes to fund suicide prevention, promote awareness

| Apr 23, 2019 | Hawaii

The Legislature has passed two important measures to help prevent suicide and to bring awareness to a disturbing increase in youth suicides in Hawaiʻi, especially on the neighbor islands. HB655 HD1 SD1 designates September as "Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month" to promote public awareness regarding suicide prevention and education, resources,...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers pass series of Kupuna Caucus bills

Emily Boerger | Apr 17, 2019 | Hawaii

On Tuesday, Hawaii state lawmakers passed four Kupuna Caucus bills, aimed at supporting elder services in Hawaii. The four bills appropriate additional funds for the Kupuna Care and Kupuna Caregivers Programs, the Healthy Aging Partnership program, and a position dedicated to Alzheimer’s and related dementia services coordination.     The...[ Read More ]

Accredo, a full-service specialty pharmacy, expands services with new pharmacy in Hawaii

| Apr 17, 2019 | Hawaii

Express Scripts [on Tuesday] announced that its specialty pharmacy, Accredo, will open a new location in Honolulu to provide high-touch pharmacy care to people living with chronic, complex health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and hemophilia. Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the new pharmacy will offer a range of services, including...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers, stakeholders create blueprint for human services for COFA citizens

| Apr 10, 2019 | Hawaii

Representative John Mizuno (D – Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, Lower Kalihi), Chair of the House Committee on Health, together with fellow lawmakers and stakeholder organizations formed an initial outline of solutions to address the unique needs of Compact of Free Association citizens in Hawaiʻi. "This is a blueprint for a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: State budget, Big Island disaster relief, Carl Hinson

| Apr 3, 2019 | Hawaii

Good morning, and welcome to a legislative session that seems to be trucking along at a a fairly efficient pace.  We are tracking the budget and some health care legislation for you, as well as featuring a few stories and a video from our State of Reform reporters.  This is...[ Read More ]

Health care highlights in Hawaii’s FY 2020, 2021 state budget

Emily Boerger | Apr 3, 2019 | Hawaii

Last week, the State House and Senate approved the final version of Hawaii’s budget bill (HB2), about a month earlier than in previous legislative sessions. The $16 billion budget covers state operations over fiscal years 2020 and 2021.     A press release from the Hawaii State Legislature Majority Democrats...[ Read More ]

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