STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1420

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: S.B. No. 827

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 827, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO BREAST CANCER SCREENING,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Expand coverage of breast cancer screening and imaging to include an annual mammogram for a woman of any age with an above average risk for breast cancer, risk factor screening for women ages thirty or older, and additional supplemental imaging for any woman regardless of age, as deemed medically necessary by an applicable American College of Radiology guideline; and

 

(2) Require the Auditor to conduct an impact assessment report to assess the social and financial impacts of the proposed mandated coverage and report to the Legislature prior to the Regular Session of 2022.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Medical Association, Satellite Healthcare, Hawaii Women Lawyers, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Hawaii Radiological Society, and five individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Department of Health, Hawaii Association of Health Plans, and Hawaii Medical Service Association.

 

Your Committee finds that, on average, women in Hawaii between the ages of forty and forty-nine have a higher incidence of breast cancer compared to the national average. Your Committee further finds that expanding the coverage and types of coverage of breast cancer screening is in the best interest of public health and will ensure that women in Hawaii with a high risk of breast cancer have access to early breast cancer screening.

 

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. 827, 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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AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair