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August 7, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedules


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Monday, August 3, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing was to discuss the budget shortfall impacts to the State Department of Human Services (DHS); specifically to the QUEST Division, BESSD (Benefit, Employment, and Support Services Division), Social Services Division, and Vocational Rehabilitation Division.

With regards to the QUEST Division, the Governor and the DHS administration were asked about the $42 million Medicaid cut to programs that provide health insurance to low-income adults, affecting about 233,000 Hawaii residents.  Several essential questions were asked to the Department of Human Services and Governor; first, what is the rationale for the $42 million Medicaid cut to programs that provide health care to Hawaii's needy and second, which specific adult health benefits will be eliminated due to the cuts and what impact will this have on the Medicaid patients and their care, healthcare providers and other stakeholders in the Medicaid system?

The briefing also requested a response from the Governor and DHS as to whether the proposed cut of $42 million in Medicaid funds (equals $120 million when Federal match is included) will jeopardize the $320 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for Hawaii?  Department on Human Services will be asked to comment on the proposed cuts and its funding for impact on healthcare for Hawaii's vulnerable adults and families.

The following organizations and/or individuals were invited to participate:

Governor Linda Lingle or her designee
The Department of Human Services
Ohana Health Plan
EverCare Health Plan
Healthy Start Program
The National Association of Social Workers, Hawaii Chapter
PHOCUSED
Representatives from the Community Care Health Centers
Representatives providing shelter and Temporary Restraining Orders and Protective Orders for victims and their dependents of Domestic Violence; and
Other individuals or organizations that provide essential public services on behalf of the State of Hawaii who will be affected by the funding reduction in the State Department of Human Services' budget.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 3:54:04)
     8/8/09     Sat  12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS overnight]
     8/10/09 Mon 10:30 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS)



August 7, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) and the House Committee on Finance (FIN) informational briefing, on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 53 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
Part I
The purpose of this informational briefing is to obtain information from the Department of Budget & Finance and the Department of Taxation on the current status of the State's fiscal outlook, including current tax collections, revenue enhancement programs, status of lapsing funds, and cost reductions.

Part II
The purpose of this informational briefing is to obtain information on Governor Lingle's "infrastructure improvement plan". This plan included 1,521 expedited capital improvement projects worth $1.8 billion dollars aimed at jump-starting the economy.



August 13, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) hearing, on Monday, August 17, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 53 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:

Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Intermediate Court of Appeals, Chief Judge, Gubernatorial Nominee, CRAIG H. NAKAMURA for a term of ten years.

Contact: Rana Wasai • (808) 550-8074


August 13, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the House Committee on Public Safety (PBS) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. will be broadcast live on Channel 53 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:

Topics of discussions:
·         Sexual Abuse/Assault allegations at Otter Creek Correctional Center, Kentucky

·         Possibility of Returning Majority of Women Inmates to Kulani Correctional Facility

·         Rationale for Removing KCF from State Correctional System


Contact: Rana Wasai • (808) 550-8074


August 14, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) and the House Committee on Finance (FIN) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:
Part I
The purpose of this informational briefing was to obtain information from the Department of Budget & Finance and the Department of Taxation on the current status of the State's fiscal outlook, including current tax collections, revenue enhancement programs, status of lapsing funds, and cost reductions.

Part II
The purpose of this informational briefing was to obtain information on Governor Lingle's "infrastructure improvement plan". This plan included 1,521 expedited capital improvement projects worth $1.8 billion dollars aimed at jump-starting the economy.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:31:33)

o     8/18/09    Tue  12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS overnight]
o     8/19/09    Wed   1:30 pm  Channel 49 (FOCUS)

Contact: Rana Wasai • (808) 550-8074

August 18, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) informational briefing on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 1:15 p.m., will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services has been requested to provide a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community will commence thereafter. This is a follow-up briefing.

No public testimony will be accepted.
 
August 18, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee informational briefing on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

Part I

The purpose of this informational briefing is to obtain information regarding potential impacts on the community resulting from anticipated operational changes at the Kulani Correctional Facility, a 160-bed minimum-security prison that incorporates vocational training and specialized programming for male inmates nearing the end of their sentences.  These changes would come as the result of Governor Linda Lingle's announced intention to reduce staffing and possibly close the facility.

List of Testifiers:
Hawai'i County Mayor Billy Kenoi
Hawai'i State Department of Public Safety
Kat Brady, Coordinator, Community Alliance on Prisons


Part II

The purpose of this informational briefing is to gather information relating to the potential impacts on the community and agricultural industry on the Big Island of Hawai'i, arising from the anticipated reduction and possible elimination of the plant quarantine branch on the Big Island. The reduction of station staffing and the consequent potential elimination of the branch would come as the result of Governor Linda Lingle's announced intention to lay off branch staff.

List of Testifiers:
Hawai'i County Mayor Billy Kenoi
Sandra Kunimoto, Chairperson, Department of Agriculture
Andy Hashimoto, Dean, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
Hawai'i Farm Bureau Federation

No public testimony will be accepted
 
August 18, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing on Thursday, August 20, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the State's new health plan "Basic Health Hawaii," which becomes effective September 1, 2009.  The “Basic Health Hawaii” program reduces coverage to 12 outpatient doctor visits, 10 hospital days, emergency medical and dental care for 7,500 Pacific Islanders. This is being done to cut $15 million annually from the State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services' budget.

The 7,500 Pacific Islanders affected by the new plan are from nations that are parties to the Compacts of Free Association, or former U.S. Trust Territories that include the Federal States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.  This new plan also affects noncitizen residents in Hawaii.

The briefing will also focus on concerns and allegations of  unethical and improper acts by case management agencies under the Department of Human Services.  Such concerns may seriously affect the health and safety of the elderly under the care of Community Care Foster Homes.  Moreover, concerns with late payment or failure to receive payment from Healthcare providers under DHS will be discussed, as the result of such late payments or non-payments has the devastating effect of closing several CCFHs.  Finally, a review on "transfer trauma" will be discussed as it remains an important issue for Hawaii's elderly.

The Department of Human Services will be asked to comment on the proposed cuts and the adverse impact on healthcare for Hawaii's vulnerable adults and families.

The following organizations and/or individuals have been invited to participate:
Members of Hawaii's Congress or their designee
Governor Linda Lingle or her designee
The Department of Human Services
Adult Protective Services, under DHS
State Attorney General's Office
State's Long Term Ombudsman
The National Association of Social Workers, Hawaii Chapter
Micronesians United
PHOCUSED
Representatives from the Community Care Health Centers
Affected Dialysis and Chemotherapy patients
American Cancer Society, Pacific Chapter
National Kidney Foundation, Hawaii Chapter
Ruthie Agbayani, Community Care Foster Homes
Mila Ka'ahaanui, Hawaii Coalition of Caregivers Association
Lani Akee, President, Adult Foster Homes Association
Myriam Tabaniag, President, Adult Residential Care Homes
Hawaii Disability Rights Center
Ohana Health Plan
EverCare Health Plan
Community Ties of America

Other individuals or organizations that provide essential public services on behalf of the State of Hawaii  who will be affected by the funding reduction  in the State Department of Human Services' budget.

To ensure that all testifiers have adequate time to speak, please limit answers and comments to 10 minutes per State Department and Administration and 5 minutes for an individual or group.

August 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Agriculture (AGR) informational briefing on Wednesday, September 2 , 2009, at 1:00 p.m., will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
The purpose of the informational briefing is to determine the extent of planned layoffs to Department of Agriculture import inspectors, and the potential impact to Hawaii consumers in terms of food safety and food availability.  Several stakeholder organizations and/or individuals were invited to participate including:

     o  Hawaii Department of Agriculture
     o  Hawaii Coffee Company
     o  Land O'Lakes/Purina Foods
     o  Hawaii Food Industry Association
     o  Suisan Co. Ltd.
     o  Armstrong Produce
     o  Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation


Contact: Rana Kuwaye • (808) 536-2100


August 31, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Economic Development & Technology (EDT) and the House Committee on Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs (EBM) informational briefing, on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 52 on Oahu and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:

Part I.   The purpose of this informational briefing is to gather information relating to the potential impacts on Hawaii businesses and the local film industry, arising from the anticipated reduction and possible elimination of most of the Film Industry Branch, the Community Economic Development (CBED) and Enterprise Zone/Partnership programs.  The reduction of staffing and consequent potential elimination of the Film Industry Branch and CBED/Enterprise Zone programs would occur as a result of Governor Linda Lingle's announced intention to lay off staff in these programs.

Part II.  The purpose of this informational briefing is to gather information regarding the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism's role in the decision to lay off branch/program staff, and the department's plans regarding functions carried out by branch/program staff.

Contact: Glenn Booth • (808) 536-2100


August 31, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Economic Development & Technology (EDT) and the House Committee on Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs (EBM) informational briefing, on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 52 on Oahu and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:

Part I.   The purpose of this informational briefing is to gather information relating to the potential impacts on Hawaii businesses and the local film industry, arising from the anticipated reduction and possible elimination of most of the Film Industry Branch, the Community Economic Development (CBED) and Enterprise Zone/Partnership programs.  The reduction of staffing and consequent potential elimination of the Film Industry Branch and CBED/Enterprise Zone programs would occur as a result of Governor Linda Lingle's announced intention to lay off staff in these programs.

Part II.  The purpose of this informational briefing is to gather information regarding the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism's role in the decision to lay off branch/program staff, and the department's plans regarding functions carried out by branch/program staff.

Contact: Glenn Booth • (808) 536-2100