STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1667

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: S.B. No. 970

S.D. 2

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 970, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TELEHEALTH,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to authorize the establishment of a physician-patient relationship via a telehealth interaction, if the physician is licensed to practice medicine in the State.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the University of Hawaii System, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Medical Board, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, AARP Hawaii, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Hawaii Public Health Association, Hawaii Pacific Health, The Queen's Health Systems, Hawaii Public Health Institute, Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition, and two individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2021; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

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. 970, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 970, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair