STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2308
RE: S.B. No. 2358
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Labor and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2358 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION PRESCRIPTION DRUG REIMBURSEMENT,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Limit physician-dispensed prescription drugs in workers' compensation claims to the first thirty days from the work injury date; and
(2) Lower the reimbursement rates of prescription drugs in workers' compensation claims.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Human Resources; Hawaii Insurers Council; National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies; Property Casualty Insurers Association of America; ILWU Local 142; and Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Automated HealthCare Solutions, Maui Pain Clinic, a petition signed by ninety members of the Work Injury Medical Association of Hawaii, and four individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Your Committees find that Hawaii has the highest reimbursement rate in the nation for brand name and generic drugs at forty percent over average wholesale price. Although other state reimbursement rates range widely among the thirty-seven states that reimburse prescription drugs, the national average reimbursement rate is three percent below average wholesale price, plus a $4.32 dispensing fee, for brand name drugs, and four percent below average wholesale price, plus a $4.94 dispensing fee, for generic drugs. Your Committees find that this measure brings Hawaii closer to the rest of the nation in terms of its dispensing policies and reimbursement rates for prescription drugs in the workers' compensation system.
Your Committees acknowledge that this measure is a work in progress and hope that as it moves through the legislative process that the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and advocates and proponents of this measure can discuss possible amendments for recommendation to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Your Committees have amended this measure by inserting an effective date of January 1, 2045, to encourage further discussion.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Labor and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2358, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2358, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Labor and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair