NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”) section 431:2-201 and chapter 91, notice is hereby given that the Insurance Division (“Division”) will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 14, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in the Queen Kapiolani Conference Room, 2nd Floor, King Kalakaua Building, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, 335 Merchant Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, to hear all persons interested in the proposed amendments and compilation of Hawaii Administrative Rules (“HAR”) Chapter 16-12 entitled “Medicare Supplement Insurance Minimum Standard.”
The purposes of the proposed amendments to this chapter are to adopt the provisions of the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”) and to adopt changes to Medicare supplement plans and benefits that were mandated by the federal Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.
All interested persons shall be afforded the opportunity to submit data, views, or arguments, orally or in writing, to the Insurance Division at the time of hearing. All written and oral submissions regarding the proposed rules shall be fully considered. All persons wishing to submit written testimony are requested to submit 2 copies of their written testimony by September 7, 2009, to the Insurance Division at the address noted below.
A copy of the proposed rules will be mailed to any interested person who requests a copy. Please submit your request to the Insurance Division at the address noted below or contact the Division’s Office Services Branch via telephone at (808) 586-2790.
A copy of the proposed rules may be obtained at no charge before the date of the hearing between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the following address: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Insurance Division, 335 Merchant Street, Room 213, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
The proposed rules may be reviewed in person free of charge at the Insurance Division at the address and hours of operation noted above. In addition, the full text of the proposed rules is available for review and can be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ins/main/har/.
Individuals who require special needs accommodations are invited to call John Wienert at (808) 586-2790 at least four (4) working days prior to the hearing. The Insurance Division intends to make its decision on the proposed rules at the time of the hearing. However, in the event the Insurance Division decides to take the decision on the proposed rules under advisement, it will announce the date when it intends to make its decision.
J. P. Schmidt
State of Hawaii