STAND. COM. REP. NO. 813

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 481

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 481, H.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Clarify that coverage for digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis is included in the existing health insurance mandate for coverage of low-dose mammography; and

 

(2) Require the State Auditor to conduct an impact assessment report as required under section 23-51, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to assess the social and financial effects of the mandated benefits.

 

The Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; We Are One, Inc.; Hawaii Radiological Society; and a few individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. The Office of the Auditor; Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund; and Hawaii Association of Health Plans offered comments on this measure.

 

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 H.B. No. 481, H.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair