STAND. COM. REP. NO. 886________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 326
                                     H.D. 1

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No.
326, H.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to require health insurance
coverage for medical foods and low-protein modified food products
for the treatment of inborn metabolic diseases.

     The Department of Health, the Hawaii Chapter of the American
Academy of Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente, and members of the
public testified in support of this bill.  The Office of Hawaiian
Affairs testified in support of the intent of this bill.  The
Department of Human Services, Department of Commerce and Consumer
Affairs, McCorriston Miho Miller Mukai, Attorneys at Law, the
Hawaii Medical Service Association, and a member of the public
commented on this bill.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
326, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

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                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Finance,

                                   DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair