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Webinar highlights need to get rid of medical ‘certificate of need’ laws

Three experts explained Monday how CON laws have throttled Hawaii’s ability to cope with its healthcare needs Hawaii anachronistic medical “certificate of need” laws have percolated to the top of local discussion in recent months, especially as more people have realized their connection to Hawaii’s lack of healthcare capacity in the wake of

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The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty

As Hawaii’s coronavirus predicament drags on, the real enemy of aloha has become uncertainty. It is at the root of our economic woes, policy disagreements and growing cultural divides. Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions

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What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

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COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

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Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

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Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland

Hawaii is experiencing a severe doctor shortage, and a recent bill to increase the state’s personal income tax to the highest in the nation, SB56, has prompted many doctors in the state to consider adding to that shortage by moving to states with lower taxes and costs of living. Dr. Kyle

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Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

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Legislature’s SB56 would be ‘apocalyptic’ for isle doctors

“Well, you’ve heard it,” said Keli’i Akina at the end of his “Hawaii Together” program that aired Monday, March 15, 2021, on ThinkTech Hawaii. “We’ve got a problem here in Hawaii for all us, not just for doctors, and it’s time speak to our legislators about some common sense in

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Testimony, SCR4 & SR4 — Requesting a study of whether ‘certificate of need’ laws are necessary

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 16, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Government Operations. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent,

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Testimony — HB224 HD1, on exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws, 2

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance on Feb. 23, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice

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Webinar highlights need to get rid of medical ‘certificate of need’ laws

Three experts explained Monday how CON laws have throttled Hawaii’s ability to cope with its healthcare needs Hawaii anachronistic medical “certificate of need” laws have percolated to the top of local discussion in recent months, especially as more people have realized their connection to Hawaii’s lack of healthcare capacity in the wake of

Read More →

The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty

As Hawaii’s coronavirus predicament drags on, the real enemy of aloha has become uncertainty. It is at the root of our economic woes, policy disagreements and growing cultural divides. Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions

Read More →

What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

Read More →

COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

Read More →

Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

Read More →

Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland

Hawaii is experiencing a severe doctor shortage, and a recent bill to increase the state’s personal income tax to the highest in the nation, SB56, has prompted many doctors in the state to consider adding to that shortage by moving to states with lower taxes and costs of living. Dr. Kyle

Read More →

Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

Read More →

Legislature’s SB56 would be ‘apocalyptic’ for isle doctors

“Well, you’ve heard it,” said Keli’i Akina at the end of his “Hawaii Together” program that aired Monday, March 15, 2021, on ThinkTech Hawaii. “We’ve got a problem here in Hawaii for all us, not just for doctors, and it’s time speak to our legislators about some common sense in

Read More →

Testimony, SCR4 & SR4 — Requesting a study of whether ‘certificate of need’ laws are necessary

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 16, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Government Operations. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent,

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Testimony — HB224 HD1, on exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws, 2

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance on Feb. 23, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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