STAND. COM. REP. NO.  262-16


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2016


RE:   H.B. No. 2084

      H.D. 1




Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 2084 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to prohibit the denial, exclusion, or limitation of health care services or treatment by a health insurance provider to a person on the basis of a person's actual gender identity or perceived gender identity.


     The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Kaiser Permanente, American Civil Liberties Union, Equality Hawaii, LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Hawk Health, A Place in the Middle Campaign, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Hawaii Medical Service Association provided comments on this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1)  Specifying that this measure apply to all policies, contracts, plans, or agreements issued or renewed in the State after January 1, 2017; and


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


     Your Committee respectfully requests that your Committee on Judiciary further examine the definition of gender transition.


     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 H.B. No. 2084, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2084, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,