February 25, 2014 |
HONOLULU - When the federal government began parceling out billions of dollars for the new health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's home state was in an enviable position. Hawaii already had one of the highest insured rates in the nation as the result of a 40-year-old state law requiring employers to provide coverage. The state received more than $205 million in federal money to build a health insurance exchange to serve those still uninsured.
July 8, 1994 |
Atop a wind-swept bluff with an ocean vista that a posh resort would envy, the Waianae Comprehensive Health Clinic on Oahu's leeward coast offers a compelling view of the benefits and limits of the employer mandate--the controversial linchpin of President Clinton's health reform plan. After 20 years under a state law that requires employers to pay part of their workers' health insurance, 96% of Hawaiians enjoy medical insurance, easily the highest percentage of any state.
April 4, 2014 |
HONOLULU - When the giant kapok and nawa trees that tower over the Queen's Medical Center in downtown Honolulu were planted more than a century ago, Hawaii faced a health crisis. Many on the islands, including the queen who founded the hospital in 1859, feared that native Hawaiians, devastated by smallpox, measles and other illnesses brought by foreigners, were in danger of dying off completely. Today, the people who walk under these trees are some of the healthiest in America.
December 1, 1991 |
Hawaii's health department ordered a homeless shelter's kitchen closed while officials investigated reports that several people who ate its Thanksgiving dinner suffered food poisoning. The state health department planned to test samples of food served to more than 300 people at the Institute for Human Services. Some 40 to 50 people became ill.
March 6, 2014 |
Nearly 200,000 people have signed up for Obamacare coverage in L.A. County, new state data show. To put that in a national perspective, if the Los Angeles area were a state, it would have the fifth-highest enrollment in the country. It would trail only the rest of California, Florida, New York and Texas. L.A. County had 198,158 enrollees through the end of January. In comparison, Texas posted a total of 207,524. Full coverage: Obamacare takes effect Among other states, Pennsylvania had enrollment of 123,681 through January, and Washington reported 88,945, according to federal data.
March 5, 2014 |
A Republican state lawmaker sued California's health insurance exchange, saying it overstepped its authority by refusing to allow more than 900,000 people to keep their existing health policies. In his suit, state Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) said the Covered California exchange violated federal and state laws by requiring participating health plans to cancel policies by Dec. 31 that didn't comply with new requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The issue of cancellations for about 900,000 individual policyholders in California and several million nationwide has sparked widespread criticism of President Obama's healthcare law. Many consumers got new, improved coverage at lower rates as a result of federal premium subsidies.