Personal Injury Protection 

Allows PIP benefits for treatment by durable medical equipment
treatment by chiropractors.

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           2376
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Section 431:10C-103.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes,
 2 is amended to read as follows:
 3      "431:10C-103.6  Personal injury protection benefits tied to
 4 prepaid health care plan for description of coverage only.  (a)
 5 The benefits provided under section 431:10C-103.5 shall be
 6 substantially comparable to the requirements for prepaid health
 7 care plans, as provided in chapter 393 and rules of the
 8 department of labor and industrial relations, pertaining to the
 9 Prepaid Health Care Act.  The reference to the Prepaid Health
10 Care Act is only for purposes of describing the coverages and
11 exclusions, without regard to any specific insurer or plan, and
12 shall not be construed to transfer coverage to the prepaid health
13 care plans.  The precise charges and utilization rates shall be
14 as contained in the workers' compensation schedules as provided
15 under section 431:10C-308.5, unless modified by the commissioner
16 by rule under chapter 91.
17      (b)  Chiropractic treatments shall be allowed for not more
18 than the lesser of the following:
19      (1)  Thirty visits at no more than $75 a visit, plus no more

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 1           than five x-rays at no more than $50 each; or
 2      (2)  Treatment as defined by the Hawaii State Chiropractic
 3           Association guidelines in effect on January 25, 1997.
 4      (c)  Acupuncture treatments shall be allowed for no more
 5 than thirty visits at no more than $75 a visit.
 6      (d)  Treatment by durable medical equipment shall be allowed
 7 for no more than $50 for each motor vehicle accident.  For
 8 purposes of this subsection, "durable medical equipment" means
 9 any implement or device, such as a cervical collar, walker, or
10 splint, that is lightweight and portable and used for a medical
11 purpose to assist the patient in pain relief or rehabilitation.  
12      [(d)] (e)  The combined total of chiropractic and
13 acupuncture treatments may not exceed thirty visits.
14      [(e)] (f)  The benefits under section 431:10C-103.5 may be
15 with copayment, and shall be subject to and apply the utilization
16 requirements applicable under prepaid health care plans, under
17 chapter 393."
18      SECTION 2.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
19 New statutory material is underscored.
20      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
22                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________