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

 

 

AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, March 18, 2021

TIME:

10:00 am

PLACE:

VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE

Conference Room 329

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

 

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A M E N D E D A G E N D A

 

The following measure(s) has been ADDED to the agenda: SB1021 SD2

 

 

SB 1021, SD2

(SSCR644)

Status

RELATING TO BURIALS.

Prohibits the sale, transfer, conveyance, or other disposal or offer for sale of any plot, conveyance, or niche unless the property on which the plot, crypt, or niche is located allows the interment of up to ten sets of human remains that are cremated or prepared consistent with traditional Hawaiian burials. Includes the use of alkaline hydrolysis, water cremation, and natural organic reduction as methods for the disposal of human remains. Amends the procedures for the resolution of disputes regarding the right of disposition, the right to rely and act upon written instructions in a funeral service agreement or similar document, and provisions for the disposition of a decedent's remains and recovery of reasonable expenses to include hydrolysis facilities and natural organic reduction facilities. (SD2)

 

HHH, JHA, CPC

SB 1258, SD1

(SSCR738)

Status

RELATING TO TELEHEALTH.

Allows for standard telephone contacts for telehealth purposes. Effective 7/1/50. (SD1)

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

SB 628, SD2

(SSCR909)

Status

RELATING TO THE TRANSITION OF THE OAHU REGIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FROM THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

Commences the transfer of the Oahu regional health care system in its entirety from the Hawaii health systems corporation to the department of health, beginning with the transfer of the Oahu regional health care system's budget into the department of health. Enables the Oahu regional health care system, department of health, Hawaii health systems corporation, and other state agencies to manage and implement the processes required to effectuate the completion of such transition. Provides certain protections and exemptions for the Oahu regional health care system and the inpatient services division of the department of health. Prohibits the substantial reduction or elimination of direct patient care at any Oahu regional health care system facility unless certain conditions are met. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

HHH, LAT, FIN

SB 602, SD2

(SSCR655)

Status

RELATING TO PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS.

Prohibits certain contracts for managed care entered into after June 30, 2021, from containing a provision that authorizes a pharmacy benefit manager to reimburse a contracting pharmacy on a maximum allowable cost basis, and voids any such provisions in existing managed care contracts. Prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from engaging in unfair methods of competition or unfair practices. Prohibits a pharmacy benefit manager from reimbursing a 340B pharmacy differently than any other network pharmacy. Prohibits a pharmacy benefit manager from reimbursing an independent or rural pharmacy an amount less than the rural rate for each drug under certain circumstances. Prohibits a pharmacy benefit manager from restricting a pharmacist's ability to provide certain information to insureds. Increases pharmacy benefit managers' annual reporting requirements. Requires the insurance commissioner to file annual reports with the legislature. Increases pharmacy benefit manager registration and renewal fees by an unspecified amount. Makes certain violations of pharmacy benefit managers subject to the penalties provided in chapters 480 and 481, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Effective 7/1/2050. Repeals certain provisions on 6/30/2026. (SD2)

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

SB 1127, SD1

(SSCR810)

Status

MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.

Makes an emergency appropriation from the general revenues of the State of Hawaii for fiscal year 2020-2021 to address the budget shortfall for the general support for the general assistance program (HMS 204) in the department of human services. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

HHH, FIN

 

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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