STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1249
RE: H.B. No. 1371
Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
President of the Senate
Twenty-Fifth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2009
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1371, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH CARE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to allocate a portion of federal funds received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5, or other federal stimulus acts to finance certain health and human services programs.
Specifically, this measure appropriates and allocates unspecified amounts for increased Medicaid reimbursements, disproportionate share hospital payments, the Hawaii Children's Health Care Program, and a variety of other health and human services programs. The amounts appropriated are subject to the proviso that the level of general funds appropriated in fiscal year 2008-2009, for the programs identified, in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, are not:
(1) Replaced by the federal funds appropriated by this measure; or
(2) Decreased because of the availability of the federal funds appropriated by this measure.
Furthermore, the Governor may approve the expenditure of federal funds in excess of levels authorized by the Legislature only if the expenditure is made for the benefit of the public.
Your Committee received eighty-three written comments on this measure. The written comments may be reviewed on the Legislature's website.
Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing all appropriated amounts to $1; and
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050 to facilitate further discussion.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1371, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1371, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair