STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2017

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 2064

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2064 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize up to twenty visits for psychological and psychiatric services over a sixty-day period for medical rehabilitation of injured employees covered under workers' compensation.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Work Injury Medical Association of Hawaii and one individual.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Human Resources Development and Hawaii Insurers Council.

 

     Your Committee finds that providing injured employees with psychological or psychiatric services can help prevent addiction, drug diversion, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder, and other psychological and psychiatric issues.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2064 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

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JOSH GREEN, Chair