STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2662
RE: S.B. No. 2333
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Human Services and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2333 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to the Executive Office on Aging to report on the assessment of progress made toward the identified policy goals and the recommendations going forward to meet the goals for reforming the long term services system.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the AARP Hawaii; Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter; and Faith Action for Community Equity. Your Committees received comments from the Executive Office on Aging.
Your Committees find that virtually all of Hawaii's elders would prefer to age-in-place at home rather than in a care home or institution, and that many elders will require more intensive services and caregiving at the end of their lives. Your Committees note that Hawaii's elder population and their need for intensive services and care giving continues to increase.
Your Committees also find that in 2012, the Long Term Care Commission put forth a comprehensive report which entailed a thorough assessment of Hawaii's long term services, support system, and recommendations for the system's reform to improve the quality of services, access to care and affordability. Your Committees further note that in order to address long term care issues in our State and to move forward with recommendations, the Executive Office on Aging feels it would be beneficial to review promising models of long term care systems and financing practices of other states and countries.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments 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 S.B. No. 2333, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2333, 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,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair
RUSSELL E. RUDERMAN, Chair