Hawaii State Legislature
2004 Legislative Session

HB2660 HD1

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Report Title: Workers' compensation
Description: Authorizes an injured employee to select any physician or surgeon to render care during the first 60 days after the injury is sustained. Authorize the Director of Labor and Industrial Relations, at the request of the employer, to seek competent medical advice from a panel of three physicians to determine the need for or sufficiency of medical services furnished or to be furnished. If, after consulting the panel, the director finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the employee's industrial injury is such that there is diverse medical opinions on the extent of disability sustained by the employee, the Director shall require the injured employee to select from an employer designated medical care provider list containing no less than three physicians or physician networks for the next 120 days of medical treatment. Provides that an injured employee whose injury poses significant permanent loss of a part or function of the body, or permanent and serious disfigurement shall retain the ability to select the physician or surgeon. Requires the application of all Medicare fee schedules, rather than just the Medicare Resource Based Relative Value Scale, apply to workers' compensation claims. (HB2660 HD1)
Package: None
Introducer(s): M. OSHIRO
Current Referral:LAB, FIN

Date Status Text
1/28/2004HPass First Reading
1/30/2004HReferred to LAB, CPC, FIN, referral sheet 5.
2/3/2004HRe-referred to LAB, FIN, referral sheet 7.
2/13/2004HBill scheduled to be heard by LAB on Tuesday, 02-17-04 at 9:00 am in State Capitol Auditorium.
2/17/2004HThe committee(s) recommends that the measure be deferred until 2/20/2004.
2/18/2004HBill scheduled for decision making on Friday, 02-20-04 at 9:30 am in conference room 309.
2/20/2004HThe committees on LAB recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 8 Ayes: Representative(s) M. Oshiro, Nakasone, Caldwell, Ito, Mindo, Souki, Blundell; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Moses; 0 Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Pendleton.
2/20/2004HReported from the committee on LAB (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 435-04) as amended in (HD 1), recommending passage on Second Reading and referral to the committee on FIN.
2/20/2004HPassed Second Reading as amended in (HD 1) and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting no and Representative(s) Bukoski, Pendleton excused.

$ = Appropriation measure
ConAm = Constitutional Amendment