HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SERVICES FOR KUPUNA.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Act 238, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, established the kupuna care program within the executive office on aging to provide long-term services and supports to address the needs of Hawaii's kupuna wishing to age in their own homes. The program is implemented through the area agencies on aging in each county. The program offers two service options: traditional service delivery through contracted providers or participant-directed services and supports.
Act 102, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, established the kupuna caregivers program in the executive office on aging to focus on working caregivers and provide assistance to enable caregivers to remain in the workforce. The county area agencies on aging implement and execute the kupuna caregivers program. For the kupuna caregivers program, the qualified caregiver must work at least thirty hours per week and is awarded $70 per day paid to the contracted provider with the area agency on aging and providing care to the care recipient. If additional services are needed for the care recipient, kupuna care services are also provided.
The legislature further finds that Act 126, Session Laws of Hawaii 2019, increased the amount provided to caregivers to $210 per week to allow provider agencies more flexibility to increase the number of caregivers receiving services. Due to the COVID‑19 pandemic in 2020, many caregivers lost their jobs and contracted service providers either closed or decreased their services. This increased the burden on caregivers and their caregiving duties. With the uncertainty of the State's economic situation and when businesses will be able to recover, caregivers and service have been forced to develop a new normal. To give more flexibility to the kupuna caregivers program, the executive office on aging recommends that the area agencies on aging be allowed more options to better serve kupuna and their caregivers.
(1) Expand the definition of "coach" to include an individual that assists the care recipient and caregiver with enrollment into programs and completing necessary forms;
(2) Amend the definition of "person-centered support plan" to mean a plan developed by a care recipient and the recipient's qualified caregiver that identifies the needs of the care recipient and allows the caregiver to remain in the workforce;
(3) Allow qualified caregivers to work less than thirty hours a week or be unemployed during a declared state of emergency;
(4) Add traditional services and kupuna caregiver-directed services to the kupuna caregivers program; and
(5) Allow funds allocated to qualified caregivers under the kupuna caregivers program to be issued directly to a financial management service provider.
SECTION 2. Section 349-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read:
""Financial management service provider" means a service provider who is a fiscal agent and is responsible for financial payments on behalf of the care recipient enrolled in a participant-directed or kupuna caregiver-directed program."
2. By amending the definition of "coach" to read:
""Coach" means an individual who:
(1) Helps the care recipient understand the program of participant-directed services and support;
(2) Develops and implements a spending plan to
describe how the care recipient will spend the care recipient's budget; [
(3) Evaluates whether the participant-directed
service and support program is meeting the care recipient's needs[
(4) Assists the care recipient and caregiver with enrollment into programs and completing necessary forms, including but not limited to state and federal tax forms, privacy and confidentiality forms, criminal background checks, financial management forms, employer- and employee-related forms, and forms requested by the executive office on aging."
3. By amending the definition of "homemaker services" to read:
services]" means services that provide assistance with
preparing meals, shopping for personal items, managing money, using the
telephone, or performing light housework."
4. By amending the definition of "kupuna care core services" to read:
""Kupuna care core services" means services consisting of:
(1) Adult day care;
(2) Attendant care;
(3) Case management;
(5) Homemaker [
(6) Home-delivered meals;
(7) Personal care;
(8) Transportation; or
(9) Assisted transportation."
5. By amending the definitions of "person-centered support plan" or "support plan" and "qualified caregiver" to read:
support plan" or "support plan" means a plan developed by a care
with the assistance of a coach] and the recipient's
qualified caregiver that [ allows] identifies the needs of
the care recipient [ to establish the goals, skills, and knowledge
necessary to work toward the desired outcomes and lays out practical steps
toward the achievement of the goals; provided that family members and friends
may provide assistance in developing a care recipient's plan if the care
recipient chooses to include them.] and allows the caregiver to remain
in the workforce.
"Qualified caregiver" means an individual who meets the following requirements:
(1) Provides care for a care recipient; and
(2) Is employed at least thirty hours per week by
one or more employers[
.], or has reduced hours or is unemployed during
a declared state of emergency.
"Respite care" means services that offer temporary, substitute supports, or living arrangements for care recipients to provide a brief period of rest to qualified caregivers. "Respite care" includes:
respite (personal care, homemaker [
services], and other in-home
(2) Respite provided by attendance of the care recipient at a nonresidential program;
(3) Institutional respite provided by placing the care recipient in an institutional setting such as a nursing home for a short period of time as a respite service to the caregiver; and
(4) Any combination of services to assist the caregiver as deemed appropriate by the area agency on aging."
SECTION 3. Section 349-18 Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Kupuna caregivers program. (a) The
executive office on aging may establish the kupuna caregivers program. The program shall provide assistance to a
qualified caregiver who meets the requirements of this section.
(b) The program shall be coordinated and administered by the executive office on aging and implemented through the area agency on aging. The executive office on aging shall develop and implement a plan to maximize the number of caregivers served by the program.
(c) The kupuna caregivers program shall be delivered through two distinct service options: traditional service delivery or kupuna caregiver-directed services (kupuna caregiver-directed services), based on a support plan for each eligible care recipient and the care recipient's qualified caregiver; provided that:
(1) Traditional service delivery shall be through a service provider organization or person who provides services to clients under a formal contractual arrangement with the executive office on aging or area agency on aging who shall deliver to each care recipient one or more services identified in subsection (d) to address the care recipient's specific needs that have been identified in the care recipient and caregiver's support plan; and
(2) Kupuna caregiver-directed services shall address the care recipient's assessed needs and allow for the qualified caregiver to remain in the workforce. The care recipient and qualified caregiver shall have shared decision-making authority over the budgeted dollar amount to purchase and manage the needed services and supports. Kupuna caregiver-directed services shall provide the care recipient and caregiver with a coach to assist the care recipient with enrollment into the kupuna caregiver-directed program to maintain independence and a quality living experience in the community, and assist the caregiver with enrollment into the kupuna caregiver-directed program to maintain employment.
(d) The kupuna caregivers program
shall award an allocation of funds, subject to the availability of funding and
up to a maximum of $210 per week, to cover costs for services that would
otherwise be performed by the qualified caregiver for the care recipient,
including but not limited to:
(1) Care coordination or case management;
(2) Adult day care;
(3) Assisted transportation;
(5) Home-delivered meals;
(6) Homemaker [
(7) Personal care;
(8) Respite care; or
provided that the allocated funds shall be issued directly to the service provider or financial management service provider upon request and receipt of an invoice for services rendered."
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2060.
Executive Office on Aging; Kupuna Care; Kupuna Caregivers
Amends the definitions "coach" and "person-centered support plan" under kupuna care and caregiver support services laws. Allows for qualified caregivers to continue providing services even if they work less than thirty hours a week or are unemployed during a declared state of emergency. Adds traditional services and kupuna caregiver-directed services to the kupuna caregivers program. Allows funds allocated to qualified caregivers under the program to be issued directly to a financial management service provider. Effective 07/01/2060. (HD1)
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