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Study on health-disaster preparedness ranks Hawaii among middle of states

December 15, 2009
Associated Press Hawaii

HONOLULU - A new study ranks Hawaii in the middle of states in terms of its preparedness for health disasters.

The annual report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was released Tuesday. It says Hawaii was among 11 states that met seven of 10 criteria on which the scores are based.
The study says Hawaii officials failed to provide weekly counts of available hospital beds to a national database, and did not increase or maintain spending on public health programs.
It also says Hawaii has not enacted laws that reduce or limit legal liability for businesses or nonprofit groups that serve in a public health emergency.

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