STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1529
RE: S.R. No. 110
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Seventh State Legislature
Regular Session of 2013
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.R. No. 110, S.D. 1, entitled:
"SENATE RESOLUTION URGING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WORK GROUP TO EXAMINE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND RISK ADJUSTMENT FOR MEDICAID, GAP-GROUP, AND UNINSURED INDIVIDUALS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to examine social determinants of health and risk adjustment for Medicaid, gap-group, and uninsured individuals.
More specifically, this measure requests the:
(1) Senate President and the Speaker of the House to establish a work group to examine the social determinants of health and risk adjustment for Medicaid, gap-group, and uninsured individuals;
(2) Work group to submit a preliminary report and a final report of its findings and recommendation, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2014 and 2015, respectively; and
(3) Office of the Healthcare Transformation Coordinator, in partnership with the Legislature, to assist with the work group by providing a facilitator.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Human Services.
Your Committee finds that social determinants such as homelessness, language barriers, abuse, unemployment, and poverty complicate the ability to address individual and community health concerns and the ability to identify, address, and treat health problems. Accordingly, your Committee finds that identifying and analyzing the impact of these determinants is vital to addressing the needs of the community.
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 concurs with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 110, S.D. 1, and recommends its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DAVID Y. IGE, Chair