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$16 billion Hawaii state budget passes House, moves to Senate

| Mar 18, 2022 | Hawaii

The Hawaii House of Representatives unanimously voted Wednesday to pass House Bill 1600 HD1, the Executive Branch Budget. This supplemental budget includes approximately $8.5 million in General Funds and $16.6 billion in All Means of Financing.      Chair of the House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke (D -...[ Read More ]

Postpartum Medicaid, breast cancer screenings among Women’s Legislative Caucus bills

| Jan 31, 2022 | Hawaii

A bipartisan, bicameral bill package will prioritize women’s health during Hawaii’s 2022 Legislative Session. The 2021-2022 Women’s Legislative Caucus (WLC), consisting of 16 women representatives and 10 women senators, aims to pass bills that will extend postpartum Medicaid coverage and access to mammograms. WLC announced their eight-bill 2022 legislative package...[ Read More ]

DOH, hospital budget requests aim to address ‘chronically underfunded’ public health sector

| Jan 28, 2022 | Hawaii

Members of the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) testified before the Senate Committees on Health and Ways and Means this month, presenting their legislative budget requests for fiscal year 2023. In total DOH is requesting $1.07 billion in budgetary funding, a $10 million increase from FY 2022.  Hawaii Health Systems...[ Read More ]

Sen. Joy San Buenaventura includes early childhood support, homelessness in 2022 legislative priorities

| Dec 8, 2021 | Hawaii

Senator Joy San Buenaventura (D - Puna), is the chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services, which oversees public assistance programs, youth services, long term care, and homelessness services in Hawaii. She is also a member of the Senate Committee on Health and is slated to speak at the...[ Read More ]

Health equity leaders discuss "innovative" legislation and financial opportunity programs for ALICE housholds

| Aug 27, 2021 | Hawaii

In the final installment of a three-part conversation series, Hawai‘i health equity advocates gathered to share innovative strategies that support asset-limited, income-constrained, and employed (ALICE) communities. The panel highlighted key legislation and financial opportunity programs that could benefit a significant portion of Hawaii households.     A 2017 report from...[ Read More ]

DOH updates legislature on vaccination efforts, COVID variants

| Jul 12, 2021 | Hawaii

With Hawaii’s vaccination rate hovering just under the 60 percent benchmark Gov. Ige aimed to reach this month, the State Department of Health (DOH) recently provided an update on vaccination efforts to the Senate Committee on Health and the House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness. The briefing also addressed...[ Read More ]