Health Care & Reproductive Rights

The Indivisible Hawaii (IH) Healthcare Team was formed to advocate for progressive solutions to the problem of a growing shortage of health providers and services in Hawaii, especially on Neighbor Islands.  We are a new team, formed in mid-2023, and composed of grassroots advocates with deep professional and lived experience with Hawaii’s health care system.  Those of us who are Neighbor Island residents live with the day-to-day reality of scarce health resources.  Meetings are held monthly via Zoom.  The team is currently focused on 3 areas of research, collaboration and action:

  1. Addressing the health provider shortage via tax credits and tax exemptions for medicine and medical care; Increasing reimbursement rates for health care providers; and Creating incentives for health practitioners to work in underserved areas of Hawai’i.   
  2. Increasing access to abortion and other reproductive health services, esp. on Neighbor Islands. 
  3. Supporting the development of one rural community health model: the Puna Community Medical Center, in order to serve the fastest growing and most populous community on Hawai’i Island. https://www.pcmcf.com/

2024 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY BILLS

HB1966 Marten, Amato, Belatti, Chun, Cochran, Garrett, Hussey-Burdick, Ichiyama, Ilagan, Kahaloa, Kapela, Kobayashi, La Chica, Lamosao, Lowen, Martinez, Miyake, M. Mizuno, Morikawa, Nakamura, Nishimoto, Perruso, Poepoe, Sayama, Takayama, Takenouchi, Tam, Tarnas 1/22 introduced 1/24 HLT, CPC, FIN1/31/24 HLT 8:30a CR3292/2 HLT deferredSB2605 Kidani, Chang, Decoite, Fukunaga, Hashimoto,  McKelvey, San Buenaventura /19 introduced /24 HHS/LBT, CPN/WAM1/31 HHS, CPN/WAM
HB2627 Belatti, Amato, Marten 1/24 introduced 1/26 HLT/HUS, FINSB2169 Inouye, Aquino, Chang, Fevella, Hashimoto, Kanuha, Kidani, McKelvey, San Buenaventura, Shimabukuro, Fukunaga1/18 introduced1/18 HHS, WAM/CPN 
HB553 Kapela, Amato, Cochran, Ganaden, Garrett, Hussey-Burdick, Nakashima, Perruso, Poepoe, Takenouchi, Tam1/23/23 introduced1/27 HLT, FIN12/11 carried over to 2024X
HB1566 not listed as equivalent to ->Tarnas, Amato, Belatti, Cochran, Ganaden, Kapela, Kitagawa, Kobayashi, Marten, Matayoshi, Nakashima, Nishimoto, Perruso, Poepoe, Souza, Takayama, Tam, Todd, Matsumoto1/17 introduced1/24 JHA/HLT2/6 JHA/HLT  2p CR325 SB 2696 Lee, Chang, McKelvey, Fukunaga, Kidani, San Buenaventura, Wakai1/19 introduced1/24 CPN/HHS, JDC
HR1 Belatti, Amato, Cochran, Garrett, Hussey-Burdick, Ichiyama, Kahaloa, Kapela, Kobayashi, La Chica, Lowen, Marten, Martinez, Matsumoto, Mizuno, Morikawa, Nakamura, Nishimoto, Perruso, Poepoe, Souza, Takayama, Takenouchi, Tam, Tarnas Not yet introduced 


HCR5 Belatti, Amato, Cochran, Garrett, Hussey-Burdick, Ichiyama, Kahaloa, Kapela, Kobayashi, La Chica, Lowen, Marten, Martinez, Matsumoto, Mizuno, Morikawa, Nakamura, Nishimoto, Perruso, Poepoe, Souza, Takayama, Takenouchi, Tam, Tarnas Not yet introduced
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HCR6 Takenouchi,  Amato, Belatti, Cochran, Evslin, Garrett, Hussey-Burdick, Ichiyama, Kahaloa, Kapela, Kobayashi, La Chica, Lowen, Marten, Martinez, Mizuno, Morikawa, Nakamura, Nishimoto, Perruso, Poepoe, Souza, Takayama, Tam, Tarnas Not yet introducedX

Partners:

As a new team, we are currently building collaborative partnerships with other advocacy groups, organizations, and policy makers in order to more effectively address this complex and critical issue for Hawaii people.