STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1087
RE: S.B. No. 911
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 911 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to improve health care services related to cardiac care at Hilo Medical Center.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, American Heart Association, Hilo Medical Center, Community First, Kau Hospital, Hawaii State Rural Health Association, Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Blue Zones Project, East Hawaii Independent Physicians Association, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and numerous individuals.
Your Committee finds that this measure will enable the Hilo Medical Center to expand its offering of interventional cardiology which, in turn, will improve health outcomes for residents of Hawaii County who experience cardiac events.
Your Committee notes that an appropriation of $1,500,000 for fiscal year 2019-2020, and an appropriation of $1,000,000 for fiscal year 2020-2021, are needed to effectuate the purposes of this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriation amounts to unspecified amounts;
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(3) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
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. 911, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 911, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair