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HONOLULU – The state’s Insurance Division is advising Big Island residents that the Hawaii Property Insurance Association (HPIA) is now accepting all new business applications and coverage increase requests. “This is an opportunity to safeguard against unexpected property damage,” said Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito. “We want to thank our lawmakers for taking steps to ...
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What:  Bill signing ceremony for House Bill 1075, which authorizes the Maui Region of the Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) to enter into negotiations for a public-private operational and management agreement, subject to approval by the Governor, the HHSC and the Maui region Board of Directors. Who: Governor David Ige, key legislators, community supporters When: ...
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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed into law four energy bills, including one that strengthens Hawaii’s commitment to clean energy by directing the state’s utilities to generate 100 percent of their electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2045. The bold step taken by the Hawai‘i State Legislature in passing the landmark legislation (HB623) ...
Read More PRESS RELEASE: Governor Ige signs bill setting 100 percent renewable energy goal in power sector

What:  Bill signing ceremony for the following: House Bill 623 –   100 percent renewable energy portfolio standards by 2045 House Bill 1296 – Designates state hydrogen implementation coordinator and working group House Bill 1509 – Requires UH to establish collective goal of becoming net-zero with respect to energy use by 2035 Senate Bill 1050 –Establishes ...
Read More MEDIA ADVISORY: Monday June 8 bill signing ceremony schedule

What:  Bill signing ceremony for the following: House Bill 623 –   100 percent renewable energy portfolio standards by 2045 House Bill 1296 – Designates state hydrogen implementation coordinator and working group House Bill 1509 – Requires UH to establish collective goal of becoming net-zero with respect to energy use by 2035 Senate Bill 1050 –Establishes ...
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HONOLULU — The State of Hawai‘i announced today it is taking steps to ensure a smooth transition for individuals seeking health care insurance in the November 2015 Open Enrollment. The Hawai‘i Health Connector, a private non-profit entity, has been unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) informed the Connector last ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: State to assist with transition of private non-profit Hawai‘i Health Connector operations

Climate change has been declared by the Hawaii State Legislature as one of the most critical challenges of this century. It poses both urgent and long-term threats to the State’s economy, sustainability, security, and way of life. In 2014 the legislature passed Act 83 which directs the adoption of a statewide climate adaptation report by ...
Read More DLNR MEDIA ADVISORY: Hawai’i Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee Begins Work

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Legislature identified climate change as one of the most urgent and long-term threats to the State’s economy, sustainability, security and way of life over the next century.  In 2014 it passed Act 83 in order to address the effects of climate change.  Act 83 also established the Interagency Climate Adaptation ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Hawai’i climate change adaptation committee begins work

HONOLULU – The American Lung Association today presented the 2015 Breathe Easy Champion Mauli Ola Award to Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the Hawai‘i Department of Health. Dr. Pressler was honored for her significant efforts to improve the health and lives of people in Hawai‘i, strong commitment to community, innovative thinking, compassion for those in ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor congratulates Dr. Virginia Pressler, recipient of the 2015 Breathe Easy Champion Mauli Ola Award

HONOLULU – State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito today issued the following statement regarding HMSA’s request filed with the Insurance Division to raise premiums for individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans for 2016: “This is the highest premium increase ever requested by HMSA. The requested increase for an average of 49.1 percent for the ACA ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: State Insurance Commissioner’s Statement on HMSA’s Request to Raise Premiums for Individual ACA Health Plans almost 50 percent