Mandated Health Benefits – Telehealth

On July 7, 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (S.B. 2395) that, among other things, clarifies that reimbursement for services provided through telehealth must be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient. The bill also requires written disclosure of coverages and benefits associated with telehealth services.

The law applies to health benefit plans issued, renewed, modified, altered, or amended on or after January 1, 2017.

Read HI S.B. 2395

Mandated Health Benefits – Prescription Contraceptive Coverage

On July 5, 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (S.B. 2319) that requires health insurers in Hawaii, including health benefits plans under the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund and Medicaid managed care programs, to cover reimbursement for contraceptive supplies intended to last for up to a 12-month period for an insured.

The law went into effect upon signing.

Read HI S.B. 2319