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                                Salt Lake resident Pat Tobara addressed the panel of U.S. Navy officers and EPA and Defense Logistics Agency officials Wednesday during a meeting with the public to address questions regarding the 2023 Red Hill consent order at the Oahu Veterans Center.
Residents critical of Red Hill agreement

Top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Navy weathered a barrage of criticism from residents who crowded a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to discuss a proposed regulatory agreement relating to the defueling of the military’s Red Hill fuel facility. Read more

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                                Leahi Hospital, located in Kaimuki, first opened in 1901 to care for tuberculosis patients and currently provides nursing home and adult day health services.
Department of Health no longer wants 2 Oahu hospitals

The Legislature passed a bill in 2021 requiring that Leahi Hospital and Maluhia nursing home be transferred from the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. to DOH by the end of 2022, a deadline that was later extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

                                In this file photo, a worker at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic prepares packets of marijuana buds for sale in San Francisco.
Medical cannabis rules in Hawaii might be relaxed

Armed with a long-awaited task force report, state lawmakers are expected to take up measures this year that would add protections and expand access to medical cannabis, including a bill that would require health care providers to allow terminally ill patients to smoke or ingest the drug at their facilities and a bill that would give registered medical cannabis users job protections. Read more

                                Photo of the temporary staging area for aqueous film-forming foam recovery at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
Report on toxic Red Hill spill delayed

The military says it’s pushed the deadline to the end of this week for an officer to complete his investigation into what caused an estimated 1,300 gallons of toxic fire suppressant to spill from a pipe at Red Hill on Nov. 29, though won’t say when that report might be released to the public. Read more

                                A home COVID-19 test kit.
Oceanit gets federal approval for home COVID test

More than two years after beginning work on a rapid COVID-19 test, Hawaii’s Oceanit Laboratories has been granted approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell its home nasal swab test and hopes to have it in local stores within the next couple of months, according to the company’s founder and CEO, Patrick Sullivan. Read more

                                A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic.
Hawaii Medicaid enrollment up 40% since start of pandemic

The number of Hawaii residents on Medicaid has jumped 40% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the state’s children and about one-third of the total population are now covered by the government health insurance program for people with low income. Read more

Hawaii government workers can switch insurance providers

The board overseeing the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund, which administers health benefits, voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Kaiser members to change their plans through June 30 or the end of the strike, whichever comes first. Read more

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