HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2021

 

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES, & HOMELESSNESS

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair

Rep. Adrian K. Tam, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates

Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

Rep. Jeanne Kapela

Rep. Gene Ward

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 4, 2021

TIME:

9:00AM

PLACE:

VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE

Conference Room 329

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

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A G E N D A

 

HB 626

Status

RELATING TO WATER CIRCULATION.

Requires the department of health to establish a two-year pilot project to test Tier 1 beaches for Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus not less than monthly. Requires a report to the legislature before the regular sessions of 2022, 2023, and 2024.

 

HHH, WAL, FIN

HB 680

Status

RELATING TO HUMAN REMAINS.

Allows the use of traditional Hawaiian burial practices in the treatment and disposal of human remains, which includes the use of alkaline hydrolysis, water cremation, and natural organic reduction. Amends procedures for the resolution of disputes regarding the right of disposition, right to rely and act upon written instructions in a funeral service agreement or similar documents, and provisions for the disposition of a decedent's remains and recovery of reasonable expenses to include hydrolysis facilities and natural organic reduction facilities.

 

HHH, JHA, CPC

HB 310

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Amends the definition of "imminently dangerous to self or others". Authorizes the involuntary treatment of patients who are subject to emergency hospitalization, diagnosed with a serious mental illness or severe substance use disorder, and found to be lacking decisional capacity.

 

HHH, JHA, FIN

HB 314

Status

RELATING TO MANDATORY REPORTING.

Requires that providers of services for the department of health or department of human services report any rule or law violations they observe. Requires that providers of health or human services file annual financial reports and that the reports be disclosed to the department of taxation.

 

HHH, JHA, FIN

HB 474

Status

RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.

Extends the hospital sustainability program through June 30, 2024. Increases the maximum fee for inpatient care services to five and one-half per cent. Increases the amount of time hospitals have to pay the hospital sustainability fee from 30 days to 60 days. Increases the pool of medicaid services that can be used matching purposes. Appropriates funds.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

HB 138

Status

RELATING TO MEDICAL INFORMED CONSENT.

Requires the Hawaii medical board to establish standards for health care providers to ensure that a patient's consent to treatment is an informed consent. Requires that informed consent for a proposed medical or surgical treatment or a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure be obtained prior to the day of that treatment or procedure. Specifies that if the treatment or procedure is to occur on the same day it is scheduled, the informed consent shall be obtained at the time the decision is made to schedule that treatment or procedure.

 

HHH, CPC, JHA

HB 524

Status

RELATING TO ANIMALS.

Establishes a $500 civil fine for the feeding or attempted feeding of any feral chicken. Provides that the Department of Health shall enforce this prohibition regardless of whether the department determines there is a nuisance that is dangerous or injurious to health. Authorizes county police departments to issue citations.

 

HHH, JHA, FIN

HB 727

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Requires DOH to coordinate public health statistics and other public health data to implement and update a statewide public health planning and public health program development program. Requires DOH to establish a fee for inspections of public swimming pools. Increases the annual permit fee and temporary permit fee for tattoo artists. Increases the fee for certified copies of vital statistic records.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

HB 839

Status

RELATING TO HEARING AIDS.

Requires health insurance policies and contracts issued after 12/31/21 to provide coverage for the cost of hearing aids at a minimum of $1,500 per hearing aid for each hearing-impaired ear every thirty-six months in their base plans. Exempts mandatory health care coverage from impact assessment report.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

HB 306

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Amends the definition of "preceptor" and "volunteer-based supervised clinical training rotation" to improve accessibility for providers to receive income tax credits for acting as preceptors. Includes the Director of Health on the Preceptor Credit Assurance Committee.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

HB 309

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Expands coverage of breast cancer screening and imaging to include risk factor screening, additional and supplemental imaging, and baseline mammograms for women between the ages of thirty-five and thirty-nine.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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FOR AMENDED NOTICES: Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are bolded.

 

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Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Chair