STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1584

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 1465

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 1465, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TREATMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Specify that health insurance benefits for assisted community treatment shall cover the costs incurred by:

 

(A) Licensed psychiatrists, advanced practice registered nurses, and other mental health professionals in preparing a certificate of examination to accompany a petition for a hearing for assisted community treatment; and

 

(B) Licensed psychiatrists in conducting a psychiatric examination or presenting the findings of the examination at a hearing for assisted community treatment; and

 

(2) Establish an assisted community treatment benefits task force to investigate the payment and costs for assisted community treatment and submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the 2020 Legislature.

 

The Hawaii Kai Homeless Task Force, Mental Health America of Hawaii, Partners in Care, Catholic Charities Hawaii, Hawaii Psychological Association, and an individual supported this measure. Hawaii Medical Service Association and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii opposed this measure. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Department of the Attorney General offered comments.

 

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. 1465, 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,

 

 

 

 

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ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair