STAND. COM. REP. NO. 228

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2017

 

RE: H.B. No. 663

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 663 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to ensure that women seeking reproductive health care receive accurate information about the availability of and access to comprehensive health services and publicly funded health insurance, are afforded appropriate medical privacy, and have remedies available to enforce these rights.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Hawaii Women's Coalition, Hawaii Nurses Association, OPEIU Local 50, Americans for Democratic Action, Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Young Progressives Demanding Action Hawaii Chapter, and many individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui, Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, A Place for Women, Hawaii Life Alliance, Hawaii Family Forum, Hawaii Catholic Conference, Hawaii Federation of Republican Women, Aloha Pregnancy Center, Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Center, Pearson Foundation of Hawaii, Inc., and several individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Health, Department of Human Services, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a few individuals.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Amending notice requirements to:

 

(A) Provide medically accurate information about the services and referrals offered at limited service pregnancy centers; and

 

(B) Clarify the enrollment process for publicly funded health insurance;

 

(2) Adding a new requirement for individual disclosure of medically accurate information regarding diagnostic services performed;

 

(3) Inserting unspecified amounts for civil penalties and fines for noncompliance by a limited service pregnancy center; and

 

(4) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2090 to encourage further discussion.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 663, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 663, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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DELLA AU BELATTI, Chair