STAND. COM. REP. NO. 108

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 1117

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 1117 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to make an emergency appropriation to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region Board of Directors, United Public Workers, and three individuals.

 

     Your Committee finds that during fiscal year 2015, the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation has been forced to absorb approximately $48,000,000 in unfunded collective bargaining raises that were negotiated by the Administration on the Corporation's behalf.  To deal with this deficit, the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation began implementing its contingency plans, including an elimination of 109 vacant positions and 33 filled positions, the closure of Maui Memorial's adolescent psychiatry unit, hiring freezes, and aggressive pursuit of attrition savings.  An emergency appropriation is necessary to avoid jeopardizing health care operations for residents and visitors of the State.

 

     Your Committee further finds that the Administration has recently provided notice recommending the emergency appropriation provided in this measure in the amount of $24,000,000.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

     (1)  Amending the appropriation amount to $24,000,000; and

 

     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1117, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1117, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

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JOSH GREEN, Chair