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Testimony needed to support SB 2227

Feb. 2, 2014
POLST Legislation UPDATE

Aloha Kokua Mau,

We need your testimony to support SB 2227 - Please submit testimony before 3pm on Monday Jan 3, 2014 when the bill will be heard before the Senate Health Committee.  In order to submit testimony, you can go to the Hawaii State Legislature Page, register for a free account on the top right and then search for bill 2227.  There is blue button to push to submit testimony.  You can also follow our link

This year we at Kōkua Mau have been working with Sen. Roz Baker, Sen. Josh Green and other policy advocates to introduce a bill that will expand signing privileges for POLST to include APRNs. The bill will also clear up some inconsistent legal language.

We have had great response to the bill. It will be included in both the governor's legislative package and the Kupuna Caucus legislative package. We hope that you can provide supportive testimony for both bills.

To clarify: There are two bills - one from the house and one from the Senate, with exactly the same wording.  The House bill is HB2052 and the Senate bill is SB2227.  

Please submit testimony for HB 2052 online. You have to sign in (if you have submitted testimony before) or register in the top right corner to submit testimony. Clicking on a PDF icon on top of the page will open a PDF file with the wording of the bill.

You can also submit testimony already for SB 2227. (The wording for that bill is exactly the same as the House bill.)

We are very pleased to be supporting this legislation as we see it as an expansion of a successful law.  It will allow more people to have access to POLST, especially in rural areas and long term care settings, where APRNs play a crucial role in care.

We hope that you will support this bill and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  We would also like copies of the testimony you submit. 

In this Issue:
POLST Legislation Update
2/20 What's on your mind about Palliative Care?
3/14 Grief Conference
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Save the date: Thur. 2/20 What's on your mind about palliative care?

What's on YOUR mind about Palliative Care as the New Year begins? Come share your thoughts and talk story about issues you would like to share.

Thursday, February 20- Please note the correct date!!
5:15 - 7:00 pm

Please note: Only in February there is an alternate meeting venue at:
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This venue is the best kept secret with free (!) parking in Waikiki, while you are at the cafe. There is parking right behind mauka of the cafe and an overflow lot around the block. Please RSVP and you will get detailed parking instructions. As the name implies the cafe sells coffee, tea, baked goods and sandwiches at prices unheard of in Waikiki.

Please RSVP to Leanne Logan or Pat Nishimoto.

3/14 Caregiving and Grief...Awakening Heart and Soul

Third Grief Conference in Hawaii presented by St. Francis Hospice

March 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ko'olau Ballrooms and Conference Center, Kaneohe
45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

This third grief conference, presented by St. Francis Hospice, is specifically designed for healthcare professionals, social workers, counselors, chaplains, caregivers, and lay persons seeking ways to find meaning and wisdom in caregiving and grief.

This year we have invited speakers internationally known for caregiving and grief-related training in healthcare, community and business.

Detailed program and PDF poster on our website

Early bird registration before Feb. 14, 2014: Online: $99; Mail-in: $120.

After Feb. 14: Online: $130; Mail-in: $150.

For questions about registration, contact 808-547-8129 or visit www.stfrancishawaii.org.


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Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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