Josh Green on Health Care



$30M for loans to keep healthcare professionals in Hawai'i

The Healthcare Education Loan Repayment Program, or HELP, provides an unprecedented $30 million in educational loan repayment to health professionals to bring them to and keep them in Hawai'i. A diverse list of healthcare professions qualify for loan repayments of up to $50,000 per year--in exchange for a minimum of two years of service in Hawai'i, while they care for low-income patients in their practice.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature , Jan 22, 2024

Invest in healthcare providers so we remain the health state

Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature , Jan 23, 2023

Access to treatment for homeless addicts & mentally ill

In Hawaii we should never turn our backs on anyone or leave anyone behind. That means those struggling with addiction or mental illness should have access to treatment and recovery.

We will work to implement clear and effective protocols that police, social workers, and healthcare professionals can follow every time someone lands on the street, allowing us to intervene more quickly with help and solutions when someone becomes homeless.

Source: 2022 Hawaii Governor campaign website JoshGreenForHawaii.com , Aug 17, 2022

COVID: Opposes having ration health care

Although Green said Hawaii could allow an ease of restrictions in about two weeks, he said Gov. David Ige "is somewhat conservative in this area." The spike in hospitalizations that followed the surge of the delta variant led officials to express concerns about having to ration health care, which Green said he is against. "Because of that, I think (Ige) is super risk averse and doesn't want to risk any slippage," said Green.
Source: Maui News on 2022 Hawaii Gubernatorial race , Oct 6, 2021

Has been a leading voice in the Covid-19 fight

Green, a medical doctor, is a leading voice in the Covid-19 fight. (For months the Department of Health has been announcing the latest Covid case count at noon. At some point Green began publicly sharing the case numbers at 10:30 a.m., generating him breaking news and tons of social media. Now the DOH is announcing the results at 9 a.m. No word yet whether Green will be tweeting and instagramming case counts at 7:30 a.m. going forward.)
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2022 Hawaii Gubernatorial race , Aug 19, 2021

Lt. Governor also works as emergency room doctor

Several lawmakers want to prohibit the state's lieutenant governor from having a second job. Currently Lt. Gov. Josh Green works two 48-hour shifts a month as an emergency room doctor. Green believes his work as a doctor has made Hawaii's fight against COVID-19 more successful. "One small part of why we have the lowest case rates and the lowest mortality rate is because I'm able to share experiences with my physician colleagues and make policy with our team to keep us low," said Green.
Source: KHON on 2022 Hawaii Gubernatorial race , Feb 15, 2021

Voted YES on prohibiting smoking in public places

Bill Number: SB 3262 - Establishes a new chapter that protects the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in places open to the public and places of employment, ensuring a consistent level of basic protections statewide from exposure to secondhand smoke. Effective date November 16, 2006.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 22-3-0 on May/2/06; Passed House 47-3-1 on May/2/06; State Rep. Josh Green voted YES; Signed by Governor Linda Lingle on Jul/7/06

Source: Hawaii State Legislature voting records SB 3262 , Mar 7, 2006

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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
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