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Legislative Update

Two HHHRC priority measures still await Governor Josh Green’s signature:

 

  • SB 3125 authorizes those who are 14 years or older to consent to medical care for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and family planning services. This includes access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to assist with the prevention of HIV transmission.

 

  • SB 3122 allows the state Department of Health to issue standing orders for patients to self-refer for health care screening services, including tests for hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV. As noted in DOH testimony, “The intent is to increase receipt of preventative care, advance population health, encourage routine care than can be moved out of the exam room, and create more time for providers to address individualized care.”

 

Please consider sending messages to Governor Green through his “Comments on Legislation” page to encourage him to sign each bill to increase access to needed care services.

 

For this fall’s Constitutional Amendment to remove a discriminatory provision in the state constitution, Article I, Section 23, paperwork to form a campaign committee was recently completed to formally initiate a statewide ballot campaign. The coalition includes HHHRC, Hawaiʻi LGBTQ Legacy Foundation, ACLU of Hawaiʻi, Papa Ola Lōkahi, and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, among others.

 

 

Tuesday, June 4, was the last day for candidates to file papers with the Office of Elections. A full list of candidates is available here. Chad Blair at Honolulu Civil Beat notes that fewer candidates filed for election in 2024 than in the past decade, with many legislators, county council members, and prosecutors facing no opposition. A full list of candidates is available on the state Office of Elections website.

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Co-Pay Update

Since our opening, we have not collected payment for medical services from our clients in an effort to provide low-threshold, affordable healthcare. However, to remain in compliance with State and Federal laws, HHHRC will be collecting co-pays effective July 1, 2024. 

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