STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1155
RE: H.B. No. 1284
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Human Services, to which was referred H.B. No. 1284, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Require health insurance providers in the State who provide health benefits plans that are funded by the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund or the state Medicaid agency, and providers of Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) health benefits, to submit administrative data to the Health Analytics Program in the Department of Human Services; and
(2) Authorize the Health Analytics Program to develop an annual plan for the analysis, maintenance, and publication of collected all-claims, all-payer administrative data.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Human Services, Department of Budget and Finance, and Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund.
Your Committee finds that the State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) operates the State's All Payer Claims Data (APCD) Warehouse, which contains important data reported directly by insurers to the State, including information on patient care and private insurance that is otherwise unavailable. Currently, SHPDA designates all functions of the APCD to the University of Hawaii and the Department of Human Services' Med-QUEST's Health Analytics Program. SHPDA does not provide any funding or staffing for the APCD. Your Committee notes that there are a number of measures being considered by the Legislature that may impact SHPDA, and ultimately, may cost the State the ability to collect claims data and operate the APCD. This measure provides the Department of Human Services with the necessary statutory authority to continue the work of its Health Analytics Program to develop and maintain the State's APCD.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing its effective date from July 1, 2060, to January 1, 2022; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1284, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1284, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services,
JOY A. SAN BUENAVENTURA, Chair