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ADVOCACY 2021 UPDATES

UPDATE MARCH, 2021

HB 866 AND SB 1294, which would have restored adult dental benefits for Medicaid, failed to receive a hearing and are dead for this session.  

BILLS TO WATCH

Restore Adult Dental Benefits for Medicaid (Support)

HB 866 (Nakamura): HHH, FIN

SB 1294 (San Buenaventura): HMS, WAM 

Anti-Fluoridation (Oppose): Prohibits the introduction of fluoride to a public water system. Provides that any conflicting laws or rules are preempted.

HB 118 (Hashem): HHH, CPC, FIN

SB 360 (Gabbard): HTH, JDC


TAKE ACTION: SIGN-ON TO TAX FAIRNESS LETTER BY 2/4

Join HIPHI and nearly 15 other organizations in a sign-on to a letter asking state legislators to support tax fairness proposals! Even if these are not normally areas you work in, we are at a kākou moment where it is necessary for us to come together in solidarity and support of our government workers, state programs, and critical services that are currently facing budget cuts and furloughs. 


BILL TRACKER

Nearly 3,000 bills were introduced this session, so to make it easier we have created an online bill tracker for you. Click on the “Oral Health” tab at the bottom to see bills that may be of interest to the coalition. It is also available on our HIPHI policy page


There are also several bills on smoke-free multi-unit housing and a sugar-sweetened beverage fee in the CTFH and OPTF tabs, respectively. You may contact Jaylen@hiphi.org for more information.

 

VIRTUAL SESSION RESOURCES

  • Bob Toyofuku and the Pacific Law Center hosted a helpful webinar on "Legislative Advocacy in the Time of COVID" (watch the webinar here). I've also attached a handout that addressed commonly asked questions.

  • Here are instructions on the 2021 Remote Testimony Procedures. The big takeaways are that you must submit your testimony on time (at least 24 hours prior to the hearing) through the Capitol website!


KAKOU APP

The KAKOU app is a great digital resource for users to search for and contact their elected officials. It's been updated with current information, including the legislative calendar. If you prefer a printed copy, you can request one at info.prp-hawaii.com/kakou21.



To view full graphic click here: HOHC Adult Medicaid Infographic 2021.pdf





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