Among the key items on the meeting agenda is House Bill 600, which would have made it easier for elderly married couples to use their own funds to live together in some state-subsidized care homes. State rules limit the number of private-pay clients who can live in such homes in order to protect spots for clients who are covered by Medicaid.
Changing the rules would have allowed a couple who have been married for 67 years and need 24-hour assistance, to live together in a care home in Kaneohe. However, the House bill died in the waning days of the legislative session.
Also on the agenda:
- A review of a master plan for the Hawaii State Hospital. The hospital, which sits next to Windward Community College, houses patients who have been ordered into care by a court. The hospital has dealt with overcrowding and related problems for several years.
- A review of legislation that will make it easier for neighborhood board members to attend public meetings without violating the state Sunshine Law. Senate Bill 419 has passed the Legislature and has been sent to the governor.
- Committee reports on the Haiku Stairs and the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP).
- Discussion of homeless issues along Pahia Road, problems with imu smoke in the Pu'ohala Village area and the lack of a children's swimming program at Kaneohe's public pool.