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Transgender health care bill clears committee hurdle

A bill that would require assessment from the state auditor about the social and financial impacts that occur when health insurance companies deny coverage for certain types of health care to individuals based on gender identity cleared another legislative hurdle Tuesday.

An amended version of House Bill 285 was passed unanimously without further amendments by the House Committee on Consumer Protection.

The measure has one more hurdle to clear in the House, the Committee on the Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, before it can move to the Senate for consideration.

As of Wednesday, the committee hadn’t scheduled a hearing on the legislation.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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