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July 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment (LAB) and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) informational briefing, on Monday, July 20, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 53 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to obtain information and provide comments on the impact of additional funding restrictions that were proposed by Governor Lingle on the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR).  DLIR will also provide an update on the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and the condition of the State's unemployment trust fund.  We anticipate the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) will make a presentation and provide comments on the Governor's proposed furlough plan. 

July 29, 2009



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment (LAB) and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) iinformational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Monday, July 20, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing was to obtain information and provide comments on the impact of additional funding restrictions that were proposed by Governor Lingle on the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR).  DLIR also provided an update on the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and the condition of the State's unemployment trust fund.  The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) made a presentation and provided comments on the Governor's proposed furlough plan. 


Rebroadcasts: (Total Running Time: 1:15:15)

     7/30/09  Thu 12:00 am  Channel 54 VIEWS (HITS)
     7/31/09  Fri     8:00 am  Channel 54 VIEWS



July 31, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) informational briefing, on Monday, August 3, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 53 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is 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 will be 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 will be 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 will also request 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 have been 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.