STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2555

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 2855

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2855, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DIVISION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to make an emergency appropriation to the Department of Health to provide Compact of Free Association individuals with developmental disabilities with the services required by law for the remainder of fiscal year 2013-2014.

 

     The Department of Health State Council on Developmental Disabilities and one individual submitted written comments in support of this measure.

 

     Your Committee finds that pursuant to court order, the State must provide the services mandated by chapter 333F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to various individuals from the Compact of Free Association population.  This emergency appropriation will provide services for forty-seven individuals.  Your Committee further finds that without this appropriation, the Department of Health will be forced to use other funds, thereby adversely affecting individuals receiving Medicaid Title XIX program services.

 

     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 S.B. No. 2855, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,

 

 

 

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DAVID Y. IGE, Chair