STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1090

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  H.B. No. 622
                                        H.D. 2




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Health and Human Services, to which was
referred H.B. No. 622, H.D. 2, entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to require health insurers to
cover mammograms for women forty years and older annually.

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure
from the Insurance Commissioner, Department of Health, Hawaii
State Commission on the Status of Women, Kaiser Permanente, and
Hawaii Nurses' Association.

     Your Committee finds that recent medical research indicates
that all women age forty and over should receive an annual
mammogram to screen for breast cancer.  This measure is intended
to facilitate annual mammograms by requiring health insurance
coverage for annual mammograms.

     This measure also amends section 432:1-605, Hawaii Revised
Statutes (HRS), to cover mutual benefit societies.  Your
Committee notes that health maintenance organizations (HMOs) also
will be covered by reason of an existing cross-reference in
section 432D-23, HRS, which requires HMOs to include the same
coverages as required of health insurers under section 431:10A-
116, HRS. 


 
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     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Health and Human Services that is attached to this
report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose
of H.B. No. 622, H.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second
Reading and be referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer
Protection.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Health and Human
                                   Services,



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                                   SUZANNE CHUN OAKLAND, Chair

 
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