CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REP. NO. 155-08

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2008

 

RE: S.B. No. 2830

S.D. 2

H.D. 2

C.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii

 

Madam and 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. 2830, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CAREGIVING,"

 

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 effectuate recommendations of the Joint Legislative Committee on Family Caregiving.

 

Specifically, this measure:

 

(1) Extends the sunset date of the Joint Legislative Committee on Family Caregiving;

 

(2) Changes the name of the committee to the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging in Place (Committee);

 

(3) Expands the Committee mandate to include aging in place issues related to family caregiving;

 

(4) Requires the Aging and Disability Resource Center to report to the Committee;

 

(5) Requires the Committee to conduct a cash and counseling project;

 

(6) Appropriates funds to the Committee;

 

(7) Allows the Kupuna Care Program to include overnight, weekend, and emergency respite services and provide grants to caregivers for home modification;

 

(8) Appropriates funds for a respite care study;

 

(9) Appropriates funds to the Kupuna Care Program; and

 

(10) Establish a task force to focus on the needs and issues of grandparents raising grandchildren.

Your Committee on Conference has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Adopting the language of S.B. No. 2830, Senate Draft 2;

 

(2) Adopting the language of Part VI of S.B. No. 2830, Senate Draft 2, House Draft 2, relating to care home payments;

 

(3) Designating that the representative of the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center shall be co-chair of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force, rather than the representative from the University of Hawaii Center on Aging Research and Education;

 

(4) Inserting an appropriation amount of $500,000 for the Kupuna Care program;

 

(5) Inserting the amount of $651.90 to the section increasing the state supplemental payment for adult residential care homes classified as facility type I, licensed developmental disabilities domiciliary homes as defined under section 321-15.9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, community care foster family homes as defined under section 346‑331, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and certified adult foster homes as defined under section 321-11.2, Hawaii Revised Statues;

 

(6) Inserting the amount of $759.90 to the section increasing the state supplemental payment for adult residential care homes classified as facility type II;

 

(7) Inserting an appropriation amount of $289,000 for increases in level of care payments for ARCH types I and II;

 

(8) Repealing the Hawaii Revised Statutes section 346-53(c)(3) that capped the state supplemental payment for skilled nursing facilities and intermediate facilities at $20;

 

(9) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2008; and

 

(10) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and style.

 

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. 2830, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2830, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, 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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JOSHUA B. GREEN, M.D., Co-Chair

 

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SUZANNE CHUN OAKLAND, Chair

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MAILE SHIMABUKURO, Co-Chair

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Co-Chair

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MICHAEL Y. MAGAOAY, Co-Chair

 

 

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MARILYN B. LEE, Co-Chair