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Sexual and Reproductive Health Legislation Supported by PPVNH

Bill Number Sponsor Bill Name Summary Next Step
SB 2341/ HB 2147 Sen. Lorraine Inouye Reproductive Health Equity

This bill requires comprehensive insurance coverage of the full spectrum of reproductive and sexual health services, including family planning, abortion, and postpartum care, for all people of Hawaii, regardless of income, citizenship status, or gender identity.

SB 2340/ HB 2126 Sen. Rosalyn Baker ACA Codification

This bill ensures certain benefits under the federal Affordable Care Act are preserved under Hawaii law, including: extending dependent coverage for adult children up to age 26; prohibiting health insurance entities from discriminating against those with preexisting conditions; and prohibiting health insurance entities from increasing premiums for women. 


Broader Legislation Supported by PPVNH

Bill Number Sponsor Bill Name Summary Next Step
HB 1755 Rep. Kaniela Ing Increasing the Minimum Wage

This bill would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour starting January 1st, 2019.

HB 1867/ SB 2350 Rep. Roy Takumi & Sen. Rosalyn Baker Family Insurance Leave

This bill establishes a family leave insurance program, which requires employees and employers to make contributions into an insurance fund to be used to provide employees with paid family and medical leave.

SB 2351/ HB 2137   Equal Pay

This bill prohibits prospective employers from requesting or considering a job applicant's wage or salary history as part of an employment application process or compensation offer. It also prohibits forced wage secrecy.

SB 2353/ HB 2139 Sen. Michelle Kidani & Rep. Della Belatti Discrimination in Education

This bill creates a state version of Title IX to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in educational programs and activities receiving state funds.



Honolulu Week 2 Recap

The Women’s Legislative Caucus held its annual breakfast on Jan. 24th and announced that they will include our two priority bills in its package: SB 2340/HB 2126 and SB 2341/HB 2127. 

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Honolulu Week 1 Recap

The Hawaii State Legislature kicked off its 2018 session with promises to address affordable housing, education, and, of course, the missile alert system.

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Legislator Spotlight

Senator Rosalyn Baker is a fantastic champion for women's health. She is the prime sponsor of the bill to codify ACA protections in state law (SB 2340) as well as other incredibly important bills.

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