HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2021

 

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES, & HOMELESSNESS

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair

Rep. Adrian K. Tam, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates

Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

Rep. Jeanne Kapela

Rep. Gene Ward

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

TIME:

9:30 AM

PLACE:

VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE

Conference Room 329

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

 

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A G E N D A

 

HB 104

Status

RELATING TO POOLS.

Defines "swimming pool" for the purposes of administrative rules to mean impervious, artificial bodies of water used for swimming, diving, or recreational bathing or therapy.

 

HHH, WAL, CPC

HB 285

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of gender identity if the policy covers the treatment for purposes other than gender transition. Requires insurance companies to provide applicants and insured persons with clear information about the coverage of gender transition services, including the process for appealing a claim denied on the basis of medical necessity.

 

HHH, CPC, JHA

HB 302

Status

RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.

Authorizes advanced practice registered nurses to certify whether a person is totally disabled under the income tax code. Authorizes advanced practice registered nurses to make capacity determinations. Adds advanced practice registered nurses as primary providers in advance mental health care directives.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

HB 384

Status

RELATING TO TELEHEALTH.

Prohibits health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations from excluding coverage of a service solely because the service is provided through telehealth and not through face-to-face contact. Requires parity between telehealth services and face-to-face services for purposes of deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, benefit limits, and utilization reviews. Clarifies the definition of "telehealth".

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

HB 1106

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Requires all health care and wellness service providers to submit health information to a health information exchange, to be operated and maintained by a state designated entity, for the purposes of facilitating the use and movement of health information among organizations.

 

HHH, JHA, FIN

HB 1284

Status

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.

Reorganizes the administrative structure of the department of human services. Requires the department of human services to submit report to legislature prior to the regular session of 2022 proposing any additional legislation required to complete the reorganization.

 

HHH, JHA, FIN

HB 722

Status

RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

Establishes a statewide coordinator and program within the department of the attorney general to provide services and assistance to sexually exploited children and victims of human trafficking. Requires the attorney general to submit reports to the legislature. Requires the children's justice program to coordinate the investigation and case management of human trafficking cases, including cases involving the sexual exploitation of children.

 

HHH, JHA, FIN

HB 188

Status

RELATING TO THE ROOM CONFINEMENT OF CHILDREN AT DETENTION AND SHELTER FACILITIES.

Establishes conditions and time limits for placing a child in room confinement at a detention or shelter facility.

 

HHH, JHA, FIN

HB 202

Status

RELATING TO EXPUNGEMENT.

Authorizes a court to expunge the records of a person for certain offenses if they are substantially related to the person's homeless status.

 

HHH, JHA


 

HB 381

Status

RELATING TO FAIR HOUSING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS.

Codifies the administrative rule definition of "assistance animal". Clarifies the type of verification an individual may provide to substantiate a reasonable accommodation request for a specific assistance animal. Specifies that possession of a vest or other distinguishing animal garment, tag, or registration document commonly purchased online and purporting to identify an animal as a service animal or assistance animal does not constitute valid verification of a disability-related need for an assistance animal.

 

HHH, JHA

HB 1225

Status

RELATING TO DIGITAL HEALTH RECORDS.

Requires coordination to link certain information on social services, organ donor status, and immunization data to the statewide health information exchange. Makes participation in the Hawaii immunization registry mandatory for all providers of immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccines, beginning 08/01/2021.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

HB 227

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Clarifies the group of professionals who are prohibited from knowingly referring or transferring patients to an uncertified or unlicensed care facility. Repeals the landlord exclusion. Requires the department of health to prioritize complaint allegations based on severity for inspections of state-licensed or state-certified care facilities.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

HB 1112

Status

RELATING TO THE VENDING FACILITIES PROGRAM.

Allows persons with a mental illness to participate in the vending facilities program. Limits vending facilities owned or operated by persons with mental health disorders to only those state or county public buildings not currently occupied by blind or visually handicapped vendors.

 

HHH, CPC, FIN

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Chair