STAND. COM. REP. NO.299-02
RE: H.B. No. 2709
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 2709 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to:
(1) Specify how moneys in the Hospital and Medical Facilities Special Fund (Fund) should be spent;
(2) Establish a cap on the Fund;
(3) Require the Department of Health (DOH) to submit an annual report to the Legislature on the status of the Fund; and
(4) Clarify that fees from administrative penalties are to be deposited into the Fund.
The Hawaii Coalition of Care Home Administrators and Alliance of Residential Care Administrators testified in support of this measure. DOH supported the intent of this measure.
Your Committee finds that this measure creates a system of accountability for the Fund by putting restrictions on the uses of the Fund, and establishing a cap with an amount yet to be specified. The remainder of the Fund will revert to the General Fund. Additionally, the Fund will be used to improve public outreach and education.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2709 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair