STAND. COM. REP. NO.1120-02
RE: S.B. No. 941
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 941, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to amend the definition of "medical care," "medical services," or "medical supplies" under Hawaii's Workers' Compensation Law by:
(1) Adding occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to the list of recognized health care providers; and
(2) Replacing the term "masseur" with "licensed massage therapist."
Neurology Associates, Inc., the Hawaii Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, Kaiser Permanente, Massage Therapists Association of Hawaii, and many individuals submitted testimony in support of this bill.
Occupational Therapy Association of Hawaii, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Straub Clinic and Hospital, and several individuals submitted testimony supporting the intent of this bill.
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations submitted comments on this bill.
Your Committee has amended this bill by clarifying that occupational therapists and licensed massage therapists are registered with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs pursuant to chapters 457G and 452, Hawaii Revised Statutes, respectively.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 941, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 941, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair