STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1308
RE: H.B. No. 888
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 888, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO THE MAUI HEALTH SYSTEM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to support the operations of the Maui Health System.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Maui Health System and three individuals.
Your Committee finds that the Maui Health System manages several key health care institutions in the County of Maui that are critical to the health and well-being of county residents, including Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital. Each year, the Maui Health System averages 8,529 inpatient admissions and 53,647 emergency room visits, and provides skilled nursing and long-term care for up to 124 patients. In addition, the Maui Health System is the only health care provider on the neighbor islands that provides cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, interventional neurosurgery, and neurosurgery.
Your Committee further finds that the Maui Health System, which is an affiliate of Kaiser Permanente, took over the Maui Regional System facilities from the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation following the passage of Act 103, Session Laws of Hawaii 2015. Whereas in 2014, the year before the public-private partnership went into effect, the operating costs of the Maui Regional System were $38,000,000, the System's request for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 are $26,000,000 and $23,000,000, respectively. Your Committee notes that the Maui Health System is an example of a successful decoupling from the state system that has saved the State money while improving quality of care for Maui residents.
Your Committee has amended this measure by inserting appropriation amounts of $26,000,000 for fiscal year 2019-2020 and $23,000,000 for fiscal year 2020-2021.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 888, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 888, 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 Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair