STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1890-18
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 Finance, 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 Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act, remain available under Hawaii law by:
(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.
The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women; Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i; Hawaii Medical Association; Community Alliance on Prisons; Hawai‘i Public Health Institute; LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; Hawaii Children's Action Network; Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO; Healthcare Association of Hawaii; YWCA O‘ahu; Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii; Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice; Hawai‘i State Democratic Women's Caucus; The Queen's Health Systems; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; AARP Hawai‘i; Sex Abuse Treatment Center; IMUAlliance; Volcano Community Action Network; Hawaii Women's Coalition; and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure. Hawaii Medical Service Association provided comments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance 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 pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
SYLVIA LUKE, Chair