STAND. COM. REP. NO. 912

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 1270

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 1270, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to preserve access to health care for Medicaid recipients by extending the Hospital Sustainability Program (Program). Specifically, this measure:

 

(1) Clarifies that "private hospitals" means all currently operating hospitals, except hospitals affiliated with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and specified charitable hospitals;

 

(2) Increases the cap of the hospital sustainability fee to four percent of a hospital's net patient service revenue, net inpatient hospital service revenue, and net outpatient hospital service revenue;

 

(3) Removes the exemption from the hospital sustainability fee for outpatient care services for children's hospitals, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals, and other hospitals based on their annual net outpatient revenues;

 

(4) Extends the Program for fiscal biennium 2019-2021; and

 

(5) Appropriates an unspecified amount out of the Hospital Sustainability Program Special Fund to the Department of Human Services to expend for authorized purposes under the Program.

 

The Department of Human Services, The Queen's Health Systems, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii Medical Service Association, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, and Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii supported this measure.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1270, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair