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Lingle, Akaka comment on health care reform

Lingle, Akaka comment on health care reform

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: “We are one step closer to improving the nation’s health care system. This legislation expands access to health care coverage, improves the quality and availability of services, and attempts to slow increasing costs. […]

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Akaka receives 'Advocate of the Year' award

Akaka receives ‘Advocate of the Year’ award

MEDIA RELEASE The National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) has presented U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka with its Advocate of the Year award in recognition of his work for veterans, their families, and their survivors. NASDVA honored Akaka with the award March 18 following a Joint Hearing of the House and Senate […]

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Audit requested by Akaka find VA shortcomings

Audit requested by Akaka find VA shortcomings

MEDIA RELEASE Following an audit released this week by the VA Inspector General finding multiple shortcomings on VA’s part to provide timely exams for potentially service-connected disabled veterans, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued the following statement: “I am disappointed that VA has not committed sufficient resources and […]

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Akaka leads support of VA budget, urges additional funding

Akaka leads support of VA budget, urges additional funding

MEDIA RELEASE Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) was joined by a majority of Committee members in recommending a $380 million increase in discretionary funding above the President’s VA budget proposal. This recommendation came in the Committee’s views and estimates letter on the Fiscal Year 2011 budget for veterans’ programs, submitted Friday, […]

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Akaka announces military academy nominations

Akaka announces military academy nominations

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka has announced his nominations to the United States service academies for the class entering July 2010, including four students from the Big Island. The students were selected on the basis of their academic achievement, test scores, character references, physical fitness, goals and motivation and leadership ability. Akaka uses […]

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Akaka: VA budgets include $550M for Hawaii

Akaka: VA budgets include $550M for Hawaii

MEDIA RELEASE At a recent hearing on the VA budget, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki agreed that reforming the VA disability claims system must be a top priority. “I am encouraged by the Administration’s commitment to add thousands of staff to process veterans’ disability claims, but we […]

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Akaka focusing on invisible wounds of war

Akaka focusing on invisible wounds of war

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, held an oversight hearing Thursday, March 4 on veteran suicide and mental health issues. Akaka, who has championed a number of veterans’ mental health and suicide-prevention bills which are now law, sought to hear from veterans and VA leadership on the […]

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Akaka: Sovereign immunity key for Hawaiians

Akaka: Sovereign immunity key for Hawaiians

Special to Hawaii 24/7 by Daniel K. Akaka I introduced the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act to provide a structured process for all Hawaii residents to come together to begin to resolve the many issues which remain from the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani, because simply ignoring them is not acceptable. This long-awaited reconciliation is a […]

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Lawmakers agree on final text of Native Hawaiian government reorganization act

Lawmakers agree on final text of Native Hawaiian government reorganization act

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii Congressional Delegation has released the final text of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which includes clarifications addressing concerns raised by the State of Hawaii and stakeholders in the Native Hawaiian community. The legislation was fine-tuned in consultation between the Delegation and the White House, the U.S. Departments of Justice and […]

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Hawaii Health Information Exchange in line for $5.6M

Hawaii Health Information Exchange in line for $5.6M

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii Health Information Exchange will receive $5,602,318 to help develop a statewide health information exchange network that will allow comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care providers and consumers, Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka announced Friday, Feb. 12. Broad use of Health Information Technology […]

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VA vows to improve military's sexual trauma care

VA vows to improve military’s sexual trauma care

MEDIA RELEASE An Inspector General investigation requested by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) found the Department of Veterans Affairs is unable to sufficiently monitor whether veterans are being wrongly charged for care related to military sexual trauma. Last year, Akaka requested an investigation after being contacted by a veteran who was […]

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Obama urged to prioritize clean energy, climate legislation

Obama urged to prioritize clean energy, climate legislation

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) joined 16 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Barack Obama this week urging the president to prioritize clean energy and climate legislation capable of creating new economic opportunities. “Passing climate legislation is not only critical for the environment, it will be a major job […]

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Bills advance on military homelessness, health care

Bills advance on military homelessness, health care

MEDIA RELEASE The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, chaired by Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), approved comprehensive legislation to respond to potential environmental hazard exposures on military installations, expand efforts to reduce veteran homelessness, and strengthen VA health care. Akaka’s military exposure legislation would provide care for individuals exposed to environmental hazards at Camp Lejeune and Atsugi […]

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Senators urge extension of COBRA, unemployment benefits

Senators urge extension of COBRA, unemployment benefits

MEDIA RELEASE A group of 31 senators has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus urging an extension of unemployment benefits and eligibility for the COBRA Premium Assistance Program through Dec. 31, 2010. The letter urged swift action on providing relief for unemployed Americans. “As our nation […]

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