Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants

Update on House Bill 935 - Modernize PA Practice

Posted 10 months ago by Christina Starks

Dear PA friends and supporters,

MAHALO to all for your support testimony of HB 935.  It paid off! 

The committees on Health and committees on Intrastate Commerce recommend that measure  HB 935 be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS.  There were 12 Ayes, 2 Ayes with reservations, 0 Noes, and 3 representatives excused from attendance.   

Testimony can be viewed at this link https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Session2019/Testimony/HB935_TESTIMONY_HLT-IAC_02-05-19_.PDF

Amendments offered pertained to collaborative agreement and authority to sign documents (paraphrased):

  • A physician practice or facility [may] shall establish terms of an agreement of collaboration to define the manner and degree of collaboration that is appropriate in rendering patient care at the practice level or facility level.
  • A physician assistant … [shall] may have the authority to sign the following documents:

DCCA/Hawaii Medical Board and Hawaii Medical Association – opposed. 

              HAPA will work with DCAA/Hawaii Medical Board and attend Feb. 14th Board meeting.

              HAPA will work with HMA to iron out concerns.




We are waiting for the next committee hearing with Consumer Protection and Commerce (CCP).  It has not been scheduled yet.  The committee members are below.   I could use all the help possible educating our legislators about the PA profession.   PAs please write your Representative about our profession, this bill, the desperate need to update PA practice laws and what it would mean to Hawaii’s healthcare.  Below you will find the members of the CCP committee.  To find your legistlator go to:  https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/


 House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce:

Roy M. Takumi, Chair 


Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades

Linda Ichiyama, Vice Chair  


Moanalua Valley, Salt Lake, Aliamanu

Henry J.C. Aquino  



Della Au Belatti  


Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawaa, Manoa

Rida Cabanilla Arakawa  


Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ewa Villages, Hoakalei

Romy M. Cachola  


Kalihi Kai, Sand Island, Hickham, Pearl Harbor, Ford Island, Halawa Valley Estate

Sharon E. Har 


Kapolei, Makakilo

Sam Satoru Kong  



John M. Mizuno  


Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Hts, Lower Kalihi

Richard H.K. Onishi  


Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano

Lauren Matsumoto  


Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, Mililani


 I love all your comments and feedback.  Thank you for your emails.   You all are keeping me motivated during this arduous process. 

Stay tuned for the next request for testimony!  

Mahalo nui loa,