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I hope Gov. Green signs this bill

For years, doctors have been practically begging legislators for an exemption to the state general excise tax for medical services. And for just as long, some people have responded by asking why we are so concerned with the profitability of doctors. To this, I have two responses. First, and most

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Fairness one reason to expand GET break for medical services

There are several reasons to enact into law a bill that would exempt Hawaii doctors and dentists from the state general excise tax on services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE — and those were discussed during the April 18 episode of “Talking Tax” on ThinkTech Hawaii. The program

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Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services

Testimony at this year’s Hawaii State Legislature has made it pretty clear why medical services in Hawaii should be exempted from the state general excise tax. At a recent legislative hearing on a bill that would do just that, dozens of doctors and healthcare advocates explained how the GET makes

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Hill talks about highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature

Exhaustion, worry and a bit of hope is how Malia Blom Hill, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy director, described her emotions regarding the final month of the 2024 legislative session to radio host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830.  During the interview on April 4, Hill expressed disappointment over

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How to nurse Hawaii back to good health

We must give credit where it’s due: Hawaii lawmakers seem to be getting serious about solving our healthcare shortages. Problems such as Hawaii’s doctor and nursing shortages existed before the COVID-19 crisis, but facing such a healthcare emergency without enough healthcare workers made it clear that the issue couldn’t be

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Adopt HB2415 HD2 SD1 to alleviate nursing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 2, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. ______________ April 2, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary

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SCR94/SR80 would authorize study telehealth in Hawaii

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on March 22, 2024. ______________ March 22, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services    

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HB1675 HD1 would end Hawaii’s outlier tax status

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Health and Human Services and Commerce and Consumer Protection on March 20, 2024. ______________ March 20, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Health

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Hawaii healthcare system in dire need of CON law reform

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Human Services on March 21, 2024. ______________ March 21, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Human Services       Rep. Lisa Marten,

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Authorize study to examine full potential of telehealth

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Human Services on March 21, 2024. ______________ March 20, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Health & Homelessness       Rep. Della

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I hope Gov. Green signs this bill

For years, doctors have been practically begging legislators for an exemption to the state general excise tax for medical services. And for just as long, some people have responded by asking why we are so concerned with the profitability of doctors. To this, I have two responses. First, and most

Read More →

Fairness one reason to expand GET break for medical services

There are several reasons to enact into law a bill that would exempt Hawaii doctors and dentists from the state general excise tax on services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE — and those were discussed during the April 18 episode of “Talking Tax” on ThinkTech Hawaii. The program

Read More →

Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services

Testimony at this year’s Hawaii State Legislature has made it pretty clear why medical services in Hawaii should be exempted from the state general excise tax. At a recent legislative hearing on a bill that would do just that, dozens of doctors and healthcare advocates explained how the GET makes

Read More →

Hill talks about highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature

Exhaustion, worry and a bit of hope is how Malia Blom Hill, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy director, described her emotions regarding the final month of the 2024 legislative session to radio host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830.  During the interview on April 4, Hill expressed disappointment over

Read More →

How to nurse Hawaii back to good health

We must give credit where it’s due: Hawaii lawmakers seem to be getting serious about solving our healthcare shortages. Problems such as Hawaii’s doctor and nursing shortages existed before the COVID-19 crisis, but facing such a healthcare emergency without enough healthcare workers made it clear that the issue couldn’t be

Read More →

Adopt HB2415 HD2 SD1 to alleviate nursing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 2, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. ______________ April 2, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary

Read More →

SCR94/SR80 would authorize study telehealth in Hawaii

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on March 22, 2024. ______________ March 22, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services    

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HB1675 HD1 would end Hawaii’s outlier tax status

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Health and Human Services and Commerce and Consumer Protection on March 20, 2024. ______________ March 20, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Health

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Hawaii healthcare system in dire need of CON law reform

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Human Services on March 21, 2024. ______________ March 21, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Human Services       Rep. Lisa Marten,

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Authorize study to examine full potential of telehealth

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Human Services on March 21, 2024. ______________ March 20, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Health & Homelessness       Rep. Della

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