STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1250

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 1270

H.D. 1

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Human Services and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 1270, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

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

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Extend the hospital sustainability program for two years;

 

(2) Clarify exemptions from the hospital sustainability fee;

 

(3) Increase the allowable aggregate fees charged to a hospital from 3.5 percent to 4.0 percent; and

 

(4) Appropriate funds out of the hospital sustainability special fund for fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Human Services, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii Medical Service Association, The Queen's Health Systems, and Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

 

Your Committees find that the hospital sustainability program was established in 2012 to increase Medicaid payments to hospitals in recognition that Medicaid payments to hospitals were below the actual costs of care. Because of the hospital sustainability program, Medicaid payments to many hospitals in the State are closer to the actual costs of care, which helps ensure that Medicaid patients have access to the hospital care they need. This measure extends the hospital sustainability program, which will allow hospitals in the State to continue to serve underinsured and uninsured patients in a timely, effective manner, and ensure the overall sustainability of the health care system in Hawaii.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the effective date to June 29, 2019; provided that the appropriation shall take effect on July 1, 2019; and

 

(2) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Human Services and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1270, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1270, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Human Services and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair

 

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RUSSELL E. RUDERMAN, Chair