STAND. COM. REP. NO. 30
RE: H.B. No. 582
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Health and Human Services & Homelessness, to which was referred H.B. No. 582 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to establish policies to adequately address the various issues concerning the elderly and disabled and the community healthcare industry while ensuring consumer protection for Hawaii's elderly and disabled care recipients.
Adult Residential Care Home Operators Association – Big Island, Big Island Adult Foster Home Operators, Community Home Care Association of Hawaii, CHCAOH, CCFFH, O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, United Group of Home Operators, Adult Foster Homecare Association of Hawai‘i, and a few individuals testified in support of this measure. The Department of Health and Hawaii Caregiver Industry Institute testified in opposition to this measure. The Department of Human Services, Case Management Professionals, Inc., Advantage Health Care Provider, and two individuals submitted comments.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Removing references to "community-based care homes" since this term is not defined in this measure or in current statutes;
(2) Deleting language establishing a working group to address a website to facilitate referral and placement of individuals in licensed care facilities;
(3) Specifying that a website to facilitate referral and placement of individuals in care facilities shall be maintained by the University of Hawaii or other neutral third party;
(4) Removing new statutory language addressing compensation of care providers and late payments to case managers and facilities;
(5) Establishing a task force in the Department of Health to study the issue of compensation and late payments and develop recommendations to the legislature;
(6) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion; and
(7) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Health and Human Services & Homelessness that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 582, as amended herein, and
recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 582, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Health and Human Services & Homelessness,
JOY A. SAN BUENAVENTURA, Chair
JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair