STAND. COM. REP. NO.3340
RE: S.C.R. No. 35
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health and Human Services, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 35 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ESTABLISH A FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request the Department of Human Services to establish a food assistance program.
Testimony in opposition to this measure was submitted by the Department of Human Services.
Upon further consideration, your Committee finds that long-term care for veterans residing in Hawaii is a critical issue that has been recognized by the U.S. Veterans' Administration and the Hawaii State Office of Veterans' Services. Your Committee further finds that the U.S. Veterans' Administration, in collaboration with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and the State Office of Veterans' Services, have been in discussions regarding the construction of a long-term care facility on the campus of Hilo Hospital to serve veterans residing in east Hawaii county.
Thus, your Committee has amended this measure by deleting its title and contents and substituting therefor the following provisions:
(1) A new TITLE reading: "SUPPORTING THE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS AND THE PARTNERING INITIATIVES OF THE Veterans' Administration (VA) STATE HOME CONSTRUCTION OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION (HHSCR), THE HAWAII VA MEDICAL and REGIONAL OFFICE CENTER (VAMROC), AND THE HAWAII OFFICE OF VETERANS SERVICES, TO ESTABLISH A STATE-OF-THE-ART VA STATE HOME FACILITY ON THE CAMPUS OF THE HILO MEDICAL CENTER WHICH WILL PROVIDE CRITICALLY NEEDED, HIGH QUALITY, ACCESSIBLE LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES TO VA BENEFICIARIES RESIDING IN EAST HAWAII COUNTY.";
(2) Two WHEREAS clauses expressing U.S. Congressional and Executive support for long-term care for veterans residing in East Hawaii county;
(3) Two WHEREAS clauses regarding the need for long-term care of veterans residing in East Hawaii county;
(4) Three WHEREAS clauses regarding the efforts of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Hilo Medical Center, and various federal and state agencies in securing financing for a long-term care facility to be built on the campus of Hilo Hospital;
(5) One WHEREAS clause indicating East Hawaii county community support for the long-term care facility;
(6) One BE IT RESOLVED clause expressing the Hawaii Legislature's support and endorsement for the collaborative efforts to construct a 200-bed long-term care facility on the Hilo Hospital campus; and
(7) One BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED clause requesting certified copies of the Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to interested parties.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health and Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 35, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 35, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health and Human Services,
DAVID MATSUURA, Chair