Senator Josh Green schedules Informational Briefing on the costs of untreated autism to the state

State Senator Josh Green M.D. (D – Kona, Kau), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, has scheduled an Informational Briefing on the costs of autism to the state of Hawaii, particularly the costs of untreated autism. The briefing will be held in Room 414 of the State Capitol on Thursday, January 22 at 1:15 PM. “The rate of autism has soared to as high as 1 in 68 children,” Green said, “and families across Hawaii are struggling with the…

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Statement from Senator J. Kalani English on the Release of $500,000 for New Lanai Community Health Center

Senator J. Kalani English today released the following statement on the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds for a new Lana’i Community Health Center (LCHC) facility. Sen. English represents District 7, which includes Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and Kaho‘olawe. “My colleagues and I worked hard to secure the $500,000 in the state budget to help fund the LCHC project. “The people of Lana’i deserve a new center in a prime…

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State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills Including Key Measures that Improve the Lives of Hawaii’s People

Lawmakers remain vigilant throughout legislative session striking a balance on measures supporting keiki, kupuna, workers and environment The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills that align with its initial priorities to make Hawaii a better place for everyone now and in the future through initiatives supporting Hawaii’s keiki, kupuna, workers and the environment. “The ability to compromise and work together is essential to making good laws that help…

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Compromise Leads to Legislature’s Approval of Over 135 Measures Ahead of Sine Die

Lawmakers pass fiscally responsible state budget bill supporting keiki, measures supporting kupuna and the environment, and flagship bills raising the minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement The Hawaii State Legislature approved more than 135 on final reading ahead of the adjournment sine die this Thursday, including the state supplemental budget, measures supporting kupuna and protecting the environment, and flagship bills raising minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement. The measures…

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Latest Episode of Maui Mana‘o is out

Maui senators J. Kalani English, Rosalyn Baker and Gilbert Keith-Agaran talk about the issues affecting Maui and how the State Senate is addressing those issues in the latest episode of Maui Mana‘o. If you’ve been curious about airport and highway modernization on Maui, the status of naming the new high school in Kihei after the late U.S. Representative Patsy T. Mink, funding for Maui Memorial Medical Center, and issues facing Hawaiian Homelands, then watch Maui…

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Senate and House Lawmakers Schedule Briefing on Navy Fuel Leak

Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, today announced that Hawai‘i lawmakers are taking action to protect and inform the public through an informational briefing on the Navy fuel leak situation and its impacts on our water resources. Committees on subject matters relating to energy and environment, health, and public safety and military affairs from both the Senate and House will sit down with Navy officials and other relevant government agencies…

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Senate Committees Hold a Hearing for a Bill Supporting Kupuna

The Hawaii Senate Committees on Human Services, Health, and Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on January 30, 2014 on Senate Bill 2228, a bill that would support the elderly in our communities. The measure would address the need for new executive-level positions and provide funding for programs that maintain the health of our kupuna. Various state and county agencies, advocacy groups and individual citizens testified in support. Proposed by the Kupuna Caucus, the…

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Senator Malama Solomon Issues Statement on Formal Affiliation between Queen’s Health Systems and North Hawaii Community Hospital

Honolulu- The Queen’s Health Systems (Queen’s) officially entered into an affiliation agreement on Monday with North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH). Queen’s is the corporate parent of The Queen’s Medical Center (QMC). Under the agreement, NHCH will become a corporate entity under Queen’s, similar to QMC and Moloka‘i General Hospital. Senator Malama Solomon, who represents District 4 (Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona) on the island of Hawai‘i, issued this statement in response to the formal…

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Senate Advances Measure to Provide for Emergency Funding to Kauai Hospitals

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Senate today passed House Bill (HB) 3, to provide emergency funding to the Kauai Regional Health Care System of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC). HB 3 appropriates $7.3 million for fiscal year 2013-2014 to sustain the HHSC Kauai Regional Health Care System.  The emergency funding will ensure that Kauai’s two critical access hospitals, West Kauai Medical Center and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, Kauai’s only inpatient psychiatric unit, long-term care…

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Senate Health Committee Chair to Hold Talk Story at the Maui Memorial Medical Center

Maui, Wailuku- Senate Health Committee Chair Josh Green will host a “Talk Story” community meeting on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Maui Memorial Medical Center,  in the Marion Hanlon Room of the Kahului Tower. The Maui Memorial Medical Center plays a critical role in the provision of healthcare services to the Maui County community,” said Senator Josh Green. “This meeting is an excellent opportunity for us to engage…

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