Hawaii lawmakers may be getting closer to passing a bill that would require state officials to study the idea of creating a public long-term care insurance (LTCI) program.
State legislature leaders have set up a conference committee to reconcile differences between the state House version of the public LTCI study bill, H.B. 1 H.D. 2, and the state Senate version, H.B. 1, S.D. 2.
State Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, D-Sand Island, the chairman of the Human Services Committee, will chair the conference committee.
Rep. Della Au Belatti, D-Tantalus, will be the co-chair.
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A Hawaii long-term care (LTC) commission concluded in January 2012 that only a minority of Americans had ever had private LTCI coverage or were ever likely to have private LTCI coverage, and that the state should develop a public alternative that would be affordable enough to win broad public support.
The study bill the House approved, H.B. 1 H.D. 2, calls for officials to commission a “policy analysis” and an actuarial analysis of the idea of crreating a “limited, mandatory, public long-term care insurance program for the state’s working population.”