REPORT TITLE:
Health insurance


DESCRIPTION:
Requires as an employer option, naturopathic, acupuncturist, and
massage therapy services and reimbursement for such services to
the person entitled to benefits or performing the service, when
the service is performed by a naturopath, acupuncturist, or
massage therapist acting within the lawful scope of their
license.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  Chapter 431, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended
 
 2 by adding three new sections to article 10A to be appropriately
 
 3 designated and to read as follows:
 
 4      "431:10A-    Required option for naturopathic services.
 
 5 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, each employer
 
 6 group health policy, contract, plan, or agreement issued or
 
 7 renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2001, shall provide
 
 8 as an employer option, naturopathic services for the subscriber
 
 9 or any dependent of the subscriber who is covered by the policy.
 
10 The option shall provide that the subscriber or a naturopathic
 
11 physician licensed in this State under chapter 455, shall be
 
12 entitled to reimbursement or payment when the services performed
 
13 are within the lawful scope of the naturopathic physician's
 
14 license.
 
15      431:10A-    Required option for acupuncture services.
 
16 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, each employer
 
17 group health policy, contract, plan, or agreement issued or
 
18 renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2001, shall provide
 
19 as an employer option, acupuncture services for the subscriber or
 
20 any dependent of the subscriber who is covered by the policy.
 

 
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 1 The option shall provide that the subscriber or an acupuncturist
 
 2 licensed in this State under chapter 436E, shall be entitled to
 
 3 reimbursement or payment when the services performed are within
 
 4 the lawful scope of the acupuncturist's license.
 
 5      431:10A-    Required option for massage therapy services.
 
 6 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, each employer
 
 7 group health policy, contract, plan, or agreement issued or
 
 8 renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2001, shall provide
 
 9 as an employer option, massage therapy services for the
 
10 subscriber or any dependent of the subscriber who is covered by
 
11 the policy.  The option shall provide that the subscriber or a
 
12 massage therapist licensed in this State under chapter 452, shall
 
13 be entitled to reimbursement or payment when the services
 
14 performed are within the lawful scope of the massage therapist's
 
15 license."
 
16      SECTION 2.  Chapter 432, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended
 
17 by adding three new sections to article 1, to be appropriately
 
18 designated and to read as follows:
 
19      "432:1-    Required option for naturopathic services.
 
20 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, all individual and
 
21 group hospital or medical service plan contracts, plans, or
 
22 agreements issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1,
 
23 2001, shall provide as an employer option, naturopathic services
 

 
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 1 for the subscriber or any dependent of the subscriber who is
 
 2 covered by the contract, plan, or agreement.  The option shall
 
 3 provide that the subscriber or a naturopathic physician licensed
 
 4 in this State under chapter 455, shall be entitled to
 
 5 reimbursement or payment when the services performed are within
 
 6 the lawful scope of the naturopathic physician's license.
 
 7      432:1-    Required option for acupuncture services.
 
 8 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, all individual and
 
 9 group hospital or medical service plan contracts, plans, or
 
10 agreements issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1,
 
11 2001, shall provide as an employer option, acupuncture services
 
12 for the subscriber or any dependent of the subscriber who is
 
13 covered by the contract, plan, or agreement.  The option shall
 
14 provide that the subscriber or an acupuncturist licensed in this
 
15 State under chapter 436E, shall be entitled to reimbursement or
 
16 payment when the services performed are within the lawful scope
 
17 of the acupuncturist's license.
 
18      432:1-    Required option for massage therapy services.
 
19 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, all individual and
 
20 group hospital or medical service plan contracts, plans, or
 
21 agreements issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1,
 
22 2001, shall provide as an employer option, massage therapy
 
23 services for the subscriber or any dependent of the subscriber
 

 
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 1 who is covered by the contract, plan, or agreement.  The option
 
 2 shall provide that the subscriber or a massage therapist licensed
 
 3 in this State under chapter 452, shall be entitled to
 
 4 reimbursement or payment when the services performed are within
 
 5 the lawful scope of the massage therapist's license."
 
 6      SECTION 3.  Chapter 432D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 
 7 amended by adding three new sections to be appropriately
 
 8 designated and to read as follows:
 
 9      "432D-    Required option for naturopathic services.
 
10 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, all individual and
 
11 group contracts issued or renewed in this State on or after
 
12 January 1, 2001, by a health maintenance organization, shall
 
13 provide as an employer option, naturopathic services for the
 
14 enrollee or any dependent of the enrollee who is covered by the
 
15 contract.  The option shall provide that the enrollee or a
 
16 naturopathic physician licensed in this State under chapter 455,
 
17 shall be entitled to reimbursement or payment when the services
 
18 performed are within the lawful scope of the naturopathic
 
19 physician's license.
 
20      432D-    Required option for acupuncture services.
 
21 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, all individual and
 
22 group contracts issued or renewed in this State on or after
 
23 January 1, 2001, by a health maintenance organization, shall
 

 
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 1 provide as an employer option, acupuncture services for the
 
 2 enrollee or any dependent of the enrollee who is covered by the
 
 3 contract.  The option shall provide that the enrollee or an
 
 4 acupuncturist licensed in this State under chapter 436E, shall be
 
 5 entitled to reimbursement or payment when the services performed
 
 6 are within the lawful scope of the acupuncturist's license.
 
 7      432D-    Required option for massage therapy services.
 
 8 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, all individual and
 
 9 group contracts issued or renewed in this State on or after
 
10 January 1, 2001, by a health maintenance organization, shall
 
11 provide as an employer option, massage therapy services for the
 
12 enrollee or any dependent of the enrollee who is covered by the
 
13 contract.  The option shall provide that the enrollee or a
 
14 massage therapist licensed in this State under chapter 452, shall
 
15 be entitled to reimbursement or payment when the services
 
16 performed are within the lawful scope of the massage therapist's
 
17 license."
 
18      SECTION 4.  New statutory material is underscored.
 
19      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
 
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21                              INTRODUCED BY:______________________