STAND. COM. REP. NO. 230-18
RE: H.B. No. 885
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health & Human Services, to which was referred H.B. No. 885 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DELAY IN PRIOR APPROVAL FOR MEDICAL SERVICES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to prohibit health insurers from requiring preauthorizations that cause undue delay in patients' medical treatments, clarify that insurers are civilly liable for injury resulting from an undue delay due to a preauthorization requirement, and permit health care providers to seek indemnification from an insurer for civil liability for injury resulting from an undue delay due to a preauthorization requirement.
The Hawaii Medical Association; Hawaii Radiological Society; United Public Workers, AFSCME, Local 646, AFL-CIO; and a concerned individual supported this measure. Hawaii Medical Service Association opposed this measure. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Department of Human Services offered comments for this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 3000, to promote further discussion.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health & Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 885, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 885, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health & Human Services,
JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair