A Hilo obstetrician-gynecologist sues HMSA for failing to cover certain medications and procedures needed by his patients.
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Hilo doctor files suit against HMSA
A Hilo obstetrician-gynecologist is suing the state’s largest medical insurance provider, accusing it of intentionally failing to cover certain medications and procedures he considered necessary for his patients.
Coalition formed to sue over legislative maps
A coalition of Oahu and Big Island residents has formed a nonprofit corporation and hired an attorney to challenge the new legislative district maps created by the state Reapportionment Commission.
The COVID cavalry: FEMA-funded travel nurses give Hilo Medical Center staff ‘a great mental and physical break’
The 36 federally funded travel nurses working at Hilo Medical Center have been “a tremendous relief” for the hospital’s staff.
AARP eyes retirement bills: Measures would create state-managed plan to help workers save for the future
The state of Hawaii could help more than 200,000 residents begin planning for their retirements under a proposed program in the state Legislature.
Spending bill has $403M for leaky Hawaii fuel tank facility
HONOLULU — Hawaii members of Congress said Monday a spending bill that must pass to avoid a government shutdown includes $403 million to address the crisis caused by the leaking of petroleum from a Navy fuel storage tank facility into Pearl Harbor drinking water.
State briefs for February 8
Germany to return remains to Hawaii from museums
Police: Be on alert for counterfeit bills
Police are warning the public about the recent usage of counterfeit U.S. currency across the island.
‘The first step in a very long journey’: Effort to secure new hospital for Kona renewed
A bill in the state House to provide funding for a site assessment to find a viable location for a new hospital site in North Kona passed its first committee hearing Thursday.
RAWR! ‘Imiloa hosts interactive dinosaur exhibit through March 27
Dinosaurs have invaded the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.
COVID testing contracts examined: County Council to get update Tuesday on testing and spending
TrueCare24 Inc., the company that last month lost more than 400 coronavirus test samples, was the lowest bidder of four vendors selected by the county and the least compliant with bidding requirements, according to an analysis of bid documents and purchase agreements West Hawaii Today received from the county in response to a public records request.
Longtime search-and-rescue K9 retires
A Hawaii Police Department investigator retired from the force Friday in order to spend more time getting belly-rubs and playing fetch.
US military faces crisis in Hawaii after leak poisons water
HONOLULU — A giant U.S. government fuel storage installation hidden inside a mountain ridge overlooking Pearl Harbor has provided fuel to military ships and planes crisscrossing the Pacific Ocean since World War II.
Hawaiian monk seal returns to Oahu following recovery
An endangered Hawaiian monk seal who had ingested fishing gear is back home on Oahu after receiving treatment at The Marine Mammal Center hospital Ke Kai Ola in Kailua-Kona.
High court denies Honua Ola appeal, calls it ‘particularly outlandish’
The Hawaii Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Honua Ola Bioenergy to delay evidentiary hearings that will be conducted by the state Public Utilities Commission.
Exoplanet transformations: Puffy planets lose atmospheres, become super-Earths
Astronomers have identified two different cases of “mini-Neptune” planets that are losing their puffy atmospheres and likely transforming into super-Earths.
Moving ‘away from eradication’: Bills urge DLNR to recognize importance of game animals
Game animals in Hawaii should be treated with more consideration, according to a series of bills introduced in the state Legislature.
More than a dozen Big Island nonprofits to receive HTA funding
Continuing its reinvestment in Hawaii’s communities, the Hawaii Tourism Authority has announced it is awarding $2.9 million in funding statewide to support 86 community-based projects, festivals and events through its Community Enrichment program for 2022.
Campaign fundraising off to a slow start: Local candidates begin gearing up for the 2022 elections
The last half of 2021 was generally a sluggish period for local campaign fundraising, with the exception of two candidates seeking new offices.
Bill aims to speed up lease extension approvals in Kanoelehua Industrial Area
With some Hilo business owners having a hard time getting their leases of state land extended, a bill in the state Legislature seeks to cut the Board of Land and Natural Resources out of the process entirely.
State lawmakers eye regulations for coffee labels
State lawmakers have renewed efforts to set tighter limits on using Hawaii location names to sell coffee. However, only one of five bills introduced this session aimed at protecting the $60 million industry has gained traction.
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