Report Title:

Personal Needs Allowance; Care Home Operators; Appropriation

Description:

Requires Department of Human Services to make personal needs allowance payments to care home operators; appropriates funds.

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

96

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

 

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

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that medicaid or QUEST residents of adult residential care homes need money to buy personal items such as toothpaste and other personal care items. Current law and administrative rules do not provide for payment to operators of adult residential care homes to cover the costs of these personal items.

The purpose of this Act is to require the department of human services to make state medicaid payments to adult residential care home operators to defray the costs of purchasing personal care items for residents.

SECTION 2. Chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"346- Personal needs allowance payments; adult residential care homes. The department shall make a personal needs allowance payment of $50 a month to an operator of an adult residential care home, as defined in section 321-15.1, or to the resident or authorized representative of the resident to cover the cost of purchasing personal needs items including, but not limited to, toothpaste and other personal care items, for each resident receiving medicaid or QUEST moneys."

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $          , or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2003-2004, for monthly personal needs allowance payments to adult residential care home operators for residents receiving state medicaid or QUEST.

SECTION 4. The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of human services for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval; provided that section 3 shall take effect on July 1, 2003.

INTRODUCED BY:

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