Health Funding in the current Hawaii legislative budget for 2021-2023

The Hawaii House of Representatives passed a two-year budget unanimously that, due to the $1.6 billion in federal funds allocated to the state by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), avoids deep cuts to the budget. The bill, HB 200, now moves on to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for consideration. 

 

 

At the start of the legislative session, the state faced a projected deficit of almost $2 billion. To counteract this deficit, Governor David Ige proposed employee furloughs and a budget that cut safety net services. After the signing of the ARPA, Ige announced that those layoffs are no longer necessary, due to the additional funds from the ARPA. 

The budget appropriates $31.36 billion for two fiscal years.The budget passed by the House is $311 million less than what was presented in the Governor’s budget.

Some current health funding appropriation highlights in the budget are:

  • Hawaii Department of Health:
    • Family Health Services:
      • General Funds: $27.15 million in 2021-2022 and $26.94 million in 2022-2023
      • Federal Funds: $38.66 million in 2021-2022 and $39.98 million in 2022-2023
    • Hawaii Health Systems Corporation:
      • General Funds: $105.7 million in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
      • Federal Funds: $33.05 million in 2021-2022
      • ARPA Funds: $35.9 million in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
    • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division:
      • General Funds: $37.54 million in 2021-2022 and $36.97 in 2022-2023
      • Federal Funds: $152,989 in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
    • Behavioral Health Administration:
      • General Funds: $2.36 million in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
  • Hawaii Department of Human Services:
    • Homeless Services:
      • General Funds: $15.525 million in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
      • Federal Funds: $877,476 in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
      • ARPA Funds: $10.8 million in 2021-2022 and $14.3 million in 2022-2023
    • Health Care Payments:
      • General Funds: $982.477 million in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
      • Federal Funds: $1.8 billion in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023