2018 Legislative Priorities for the East Hawaii Region of HHSC

The East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation has identified its priorities for the 2018 legislative session. For information on the bills below, click on the bill number that will launch the bill‘s landing page on the the State Legislature‘s website.

SB 1235: $2 million to improve cardiac care at Hilo Medical Center

HB 1900: Budget bill – $1.5M  to improve cardiac care at Hilo Medical Center

These two bills provide funding to expand Cardiology Services at Hilo Medical Center to include interventional cardiac catheterization to stop heart attacks in progress and reduce the potential of long term disability. 

HB 1906 / SB 2491: Health worker protections, assault a Class C felony

The East Hawaii Region fully supports these bills that expand Class C felony protections for assault to include all healthcare workers. 

HB 474: Appropriates funding to the University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy for prevention and eradication of Rat Lungworm

Hilo Medical Center fully supports funding specified for the College of Pharmacy‘s research and education for the prevention and eradication of Rat Lungworm. 

SB 2653: “Licensure by endorsement” benefiting efforts to staff telehealth services with providers from out of state

Hilo Medical Center supports this bill that aids the licensure process of enrolling providers for our new telehealth program. Our new telehealth program is currently being designed and would bring specialists to our rural communities using this technology.

SB 2374: Funding to establish a community paramedicine pilot project 

Hilo Medical Center supports this bill for community paramedicine that could reduce the high volume of 911 calls for non-emergency medical conditions.  Community paramedicine could also improve health in the state by addressing the following: callers needing alternate destinations other than emergency departments; post-hospital discharge care; the homeless population; hospice care; behavioral health; and acute and chronic medical conditions such as infectious diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. Thanks to the Hawaii County Fire Department, Family Medicine residents training at Hilo Medical Center‘s Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program are involved in community paramedicine.