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Legislative Update on Senate Bill 3064 regarding HHSC

April 22, 2014

House and Senate conferees convened yesterday morning to discuss S.B. 3064, SD2, HD1, relating to Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC). House conferees include: Representatives Della Au Belatti, Mark Nakashima and Sylvia Luke, co-chairs; and Bert Kobayashi and Gene Ward. Senate conferees include: Senators Josh Green, chair; David Ige, co-chair; and Roz Baker, Russell Ruderman and Sam Slom.

The Senate proposed a new draft, S.B. 3064, SD2, HD1, proposed CD1, which is summarized as follows:

  • Transition to a nonprofit corporation that has been registered to do business in the State with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, which has been providing hospital services for no less than 10 years
  • Includes the number of representatives for the transition committee with a term of four years
  • Includes any transition shall be subject to legal review by the attorney general who shall approve the transition if satisfied that it conforms to all applicable laws; subject to review by the director of finance who shall approve if it conforms to all applicable financing procedures; and subject to governor’s approval

The committee met again this morning. The House proposed changes to the draft, and the committee will reconvene at 5:00 p.m. today.

While S.B. 3064 has been moving through the legislature and the HGEA has continued to have discussions with representatives from the legislature, the Governor’s office and HHSC, it appears that some discussions were not very honest.

As conference continues and changes may occur on a daily basis, we will continue to update you via eBulletin. Please keep in mind that you always have the right to contact the legislators to express your thoughts.

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