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Hawaii Moves To Improve Transgender Health Insurance Coverage Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Moves To Improve Transgender Health Insurance Coverage

House Bill 2405, which is awaiting the governor's signature, would prevent insurers from denying gender-affirming treatments due to "cosmetic" exclusions.
A Coastal Road Connects These Patients To Dialysis. Climate Change Could Make That Harder Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

A Coastal Road Connects These Patients To Dialysis. Climate Change Could Make That Harder

Getting to and from dialysis is already a challenge for some rural Hawaii residents. Sea level rise is expected to make things worse.
Native Hawaiians Face High Rates Of Diabetes. That Means More Need For Dialysis Getty Images/iStockphoto

Native Hawaiians Face High Rates Of Diabetes. That Means More Need For Dialysis

The number of dialysis centers in the islands is increasing to meet the need as more patients suffer from kidney failure.
New Data Shows No Sign Of Pandemic-Related Suicide Spike In Hawaii Getty Images

New Data Shows No Sign Of Pandemic-Related Suicide Spike In Hawaii

Meanwhile, the state is preparing for the launch of a new hotline akin to 911 for mental health support.
The Kauai Landfill ‘Conundrum’ Could Quickly Become A ‘Public Health Hazard’ Ku'u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

The Kauai Landfill ‘Conundrum’ Could Quickly Become A ‘Public Health Hazard’

The island's only landfill is filling up fast. But the places available to put a new landfill are severely limited.
Report: Pacific Islanders Face Increased Risk Of TB Infection Centers for Disease Control

Report: Pacific Islanders Face Increased Risk Of TB Infection

The CDC said the problem was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which made eradication efforts even harder.
Lettuce Joins Short List Of Local Ingredients Served In Public Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Lettuce Joins Short List Of Local Ingredients Served In Public Schools

Student meals will include locally grown leafy greens and less cheese as the DOE modifies menus to meet food sustainability and nutritional goals.
Report: Maui Needs A Plan If It Actually Wants To End Homelessness Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

Report: Maui Needs A Plan If It Actually Wants To End Homelessness

If everyone living on Maui’s streets sought shelter at the same time, there simply wouldn't be enough space to accommodate them.
Lawmakers Fail To Expand Access To Assisted Suicide In Hawaii Flickr.com

Lawmakers Fail To Expand Access To Assisted Suicide In Hawaii

The House and the Senate could not agree on allowing APRNs and physician assistants to prescribe the lethal drug.
Lawmakers Pass Ban On Flavored E-Cigarettes Despite Intense Opposition Flickr/vaping360.com

Lawmakers Pass Ban On Flavored E-Cigarettes Despite Intense Opposition

Touted as an antidote to the youth vaping epidemic, the bill lost the support of advocates worried about a loophole in the ban.