CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REP. NO.144-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.B. No. 2500

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

C.D. 1

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the Senate to the amendments proposed by the House of Representatives in S.B. No. 2500, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES,"

having met, and after full and free discussion, has agreed to recommend and does recommend to the respective Houses the final passage of this bill in an amended form.

The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds for legal services for adoptive families with low-incomes, to assist in seeking Social Security Insurance funds for special needs children, and to assist in seeking Medicare funds for dually eligible Medicaid/Medicare recipients.

Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this measure by:

(1) Deleting Parts I and II of this measure, related to providing appropriations to fund legal assistance for adoptive families and for seeking Social Security Insurance funds for special needs children;

(2) Amending Part III of this measure to delete an appropriation to assist in seeking Medicare funds for dually eligible Medicaid/Medicare recipients; and

(3) Amending Part III to require the Department of Human Services to contract with a legal services provider to seek Medicare funds for dually eligible recipients, on a contingency fee basis where the contractor is paid one-third of the funds received by the Department of Human Services resulting from the contract.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the managers of your Committee on Conference that is attached to this report, your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2500, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2500, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, C.D. 1.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the managers:

ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

ON THE PART OF THE SENATE

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MICHAEL P. KAHIKINA, Co-Chair

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DAVID M. MATSUURA, Chair

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BERTHA C. KAWAKAMI, Co-Chair

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BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Co-Chair