STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1217-14


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2014


RE:   S.B. No. 2054

      S.D. 3

      H.D. 2





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 2054, S.D. 3, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to require health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders up to a maximum benefit of $50,000 per year and a maximum lifetime benefit of $300,000, with adjustments for inflation beginning after July 1, 2015, for individuals under 9 years of age.


     The Department of Health; State Council on Developmental Disabilities; Representative of the Twenty-Fourth District of the State of Hawaii House of Representatives; Special Education Advisory Council; Hawaii Medical Association; Amazing Behaving, LLC; KJN Corporation; Autism Behavior Consulting Group, Inc.; Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi, Inc.; and several individuals provided testimony in support of this measure.  The Hawaii Medical Service Association and a few individuals provided testimony in opposition to this measure.  The Department of Human Services; Department of Budget and Finance; Kaiser Permanente Hawaii; Hawaii Association of Health Plans; Autism Speaks; Hawaii Disability Rights Center; Hawaii Behavioral Health; Autism Society of Hawaii; Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; Easter Seals Hawaii; Unite Here! Local 5; and several individuals commented on this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Requiring coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders for individuals up to 18 years of age;


     (2)  Including Medicaid plans in coverage requirements;


     (3)  Requiring notice to insured individuals regarding coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders within calendar year 2016, but no later than December 31, 2016;


     (4)  Requiring the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) to contract, exempt from procurement code requirements, for an actuarial analysis considering specified factors of the projected costs of providing insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders as required by this measure and to report findings and recommendations based on the analysis to the Legislature prior to the 2015 Regular Session;


     (5)  Appropriating an unspecified amount to the University of Hawaii to contract for the actuarial analysis; and


     (6)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     Your Committee respectfully requests that should your Committee on Finance consider this measure, it examine the cost of completing the actuarial analysis at its public hearing on the measure.  Your Committee further notes that the possibility of establishing maximum benefit levels until 2016 through an innovation waiver under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be explored.  Your Committee notes that its intent in requiring coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders for individuals up to 18 years of age is not meant to imply that autism spectrum disorders are not a lifelong disability.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2054, S.D. 3, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2054, S.D. 3, H.D. 2.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,