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                                Waianae High student, getting shot from Elton Garcia-Uta, clinic manager.
Kokua Line: Why should ‘elective’ procedures be delayed to make room for unvaccinated COVID-19 patients?

Question: I understand why insurance covers people with COVID-19 even if they chose not to get vaccinated; we don’t deny care to car-crash victims who weren’t wearing their seat belts, or diabetics who eat ice cream all day. What I don’t understand is why hospitals prioritize unvaccinated COVID-19 patients over other people needing hospital care. Read more

                                Good gut health involves eating foods that provide a mix of enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics are present in fiber-rich foods such as fruit.
Column: Digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics key to nutrition

Good nutrition starts with consuming and absorbing more than 40 essential vitamins, minerals, protein and fat components. What sometimes might seem like a simple process involves many types of digestive enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics. Read more

                                The state’s Safe Travels program, implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, began accepting vaccination documents from the United States and its territories for travelers seeking exemptions from Hawaii’s quarantine rules on July 8. Safe Travels Special Projects Administrator Sherilyn Kajiwara is shown during a news conference at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Kokua Line: How can I get cheaper internet service?

Question: To be able to work from home, I must have internet, and I pay for it. I mostly do bookkeeping on a freelance basis. I have not been completely unemployed during the pandemic, but I did lose clients — I never made much money and I still don’t. The office manager for one client mentioned free internet if I qualify. She said I should look into it, but I don’t know anything about this program. Do you? Read more

                                Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga holds her son Raymond Mounga at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu.
Kokua Line: Is a child born in 2021 eligible for advance Child Tax Credit payments?

Question: Regarding the Child Tax Credit, how do we report a qualifying child born in May 2021? has a reporting tool for nonfilers with a qualifying child born before 2021, but it’s not for use by filers with a qualifying child born in 2021. Does the parent just wait until next year, when it’s time to file 2021 tax returns, and file for credit from the date of birth to Dec. 31, 2021? Read more

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