REPORT TITLE:
Cancer Screening


DESCRIPTION:
Appropriates funds for the Hawaii State Breast and Cervical
Cancer Screening After Care Program.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                             
THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           139
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                     
STATE OF HAWAII                                                 
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HAWAII STATE BREAST AND CERVICAL
   CANCER SCREENING AFTER CARE PROGRAM.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that in Hawaii, the
 
 2 indigent, including but not limited to the uninsured, Medicare
 
 3 and Medicaid recipients, native Hawaiians, and immigrants, need
 
 4 barrier-free health services.  Support for the Hawaii breast and
 
 5 cervical cancer screening after care program will provide access
 
 6 to life saving services for those individuals who cannot afford
 
 7 treatment.
 
 8      The American Cancer Society estimates that each year about
 
 9 one hundred women in Hawaii will lose their lives to breast
 
10 cancer and approximately fifty new cases of cervical cancer will
 
11 be diagnosed.  It is for this reason that the legislature,
 
12 regular session 1990, enacted Act 112.  The purpose of Act 112
 
13 was to encourage the use of mammogram screening among the women
 
14 of Hawaii and to ensure that policies providing health insurance
 
15 in the State cover a minimum schedule of screening for all
 
16 beneficiaries.  
 
17      The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds for breast
 
18 and cervical cancer screening in order to prevent premature
 
19 mortality by early detection of existing disease conditions.
 

 
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 1 Morbidity and mortality increase exponentially without access to
 
 2 treatment.  Early intervention averts extreme or extensive
 
 3 treatment and expenses.
 
 4      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
 
 5 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $571,500, or so much
 
 6 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, for the
 
 7 Hawaii breast and cervical cancer screening after care program.
 
 8      The sum appropriated shall be used to provide funds for
 
 9 treatment for breast or cervical cancer or both for clients
 
10 participating in the Hawaii breast and cervical cancer screening
 
11 after care program who are uninsured and unable to qualify for
 
12 supplemental health care insurance, such as Medicare, Medicaid,
 
13 MedQuest, and therefore not able to access appropriate medical
 
14 treatment.
 
15      SECTION 3.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
 
16 department of health for the purposes of this Act.
 
17      A review panel of representatives from all sectors of the
 
18 community shall be selected and convened by the department of
 
19 health to provide oversight for the allocation of funds.  The
 
20 department of health shall use Medicaid rates, guidelines, and
 
21 procedures when disbursing the funds appropriated and every
 
22 effort shall be made by the Hawaii breast and cervical cancer
 
23 screening after care program to secure additional sources of
 

 
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 1 funding for the program.
 
 2      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.
 
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 4                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________