STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1315-18
RE: S.B. No. 2340
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 2340, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to ensure that the following benefits made available under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which may not otherwise be available under the State's Prepaid Health Care Act, remain available under Hawaii law:
(1) Extending dependent coverage for adult children until the children turn twenty-six years of age;
(2) Prohibiting health insurance entities from imposing a preexisting condition exclusion; and
(3) Prohibiting health insurance entities from using an individual's gender to determine premiums or contributions.
This measure also clarifies that benefits extended under this measure do not apply to limited benefit health insurance.
The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Commission on the Status of Women; Hawaii Medical Association; Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii; Domestic Violence Action Center; Healthcare Association of Hawaii; LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i; Community Alliance on Prisons; The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Association of University Women of Hawaii; The Queen's Health Systems; Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice; Hawai‘i Public Health Institute; Hawai‘i State Democratic Women's Caucus; IMUAlliance; Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii; Hawaii Medical Service Association; Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO; YWCA O‘ahu; Hawai‘i Women Lawyers; The Sex Abuse Treatment Center; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; Volcano Community Action Network; Hawaii Children's Action Network; AARP Hawai‘i; and many concerned individuals supported this measure.
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. 2340, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair