HB1304 (2020) Detail

Requiring workers' compensation to cover prophylactic treatment for critical exposure.


HB 1304-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2195

01/05

 

HOUSE BILL 1304-FN

 

AN ACT requiring workers' compensation to cover prophylactic treatment for critical exposure.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cahill, Rock. 17; Rep. Doucette, Rock. 8; Rep. S. Pearson, Rock. 6; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8; Rep. Abrami, Rock. 19; Rep. O'Brien, Hills. 36; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21

 

COMMITTEE: Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill clarifies the term "critical exposure"  for the purpose of the workers' compensation law.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2195

01/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT requiring workers' compensation to cover prophylactic treatment for critical exposure.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Workers' Compensation; Definitions.  RSA 281-A:2, I-e is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

I-e.  "Critical exposure" means contact of an employee's ruptured or broken skin or mucous membranes, including the eyes or mouth, with a person's blood or body fluids.  Testing and treatment shall be determined by the medical provider taking into account the physical examination and incident details provided by the patient.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2021.

 

LBAO

20-2195

11/13/19

 

HB 1304-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT requiring workers' compensation to cover prophylactic treatment for critical exposure.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

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  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

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METHODOLOGY:

This bill clarifies the term "critical exposure" for the purpose of workers' compensation law.  The Department of Labor indicates the proposed definition of critical exposure would remove the requirement that applicability to tears, saliva and perspiration requires visible contamination with blood and requires that testing and treatment for exposure be determined by the medical provider.  The Department does not anticipate the bill would impact state, county or local revenues.  The Department assumes there could be increased state, county and local expenditures from added treatment costs as additional exposures would be covered.  The Department reports the amount of potential increase is indeterminable as there is no way to credibly quantify the impact on claims, premiums or coverage costs.

 

The New Hampshire Municipal Association indicates, by expanding the definition of "critical exposure" under the workers' compensation law, the law may require workers' compensation to cover post-exposure treatment in more cases.  However, the Association also comments that immediate post-exposure treatment may reduce long-term medical costs.  Any increase or decrease in medical costs may affect workers' compensation rates paid by municipalities

 

The Department of Safety indicates the cost to state, county and local government cannot be determined as the potential number of additional claims is unknown.  The Department expects there would be no fiscal impact on state, county or local revenues.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

New Hampshire Municipal Association and Departments of Labor and Safety

 

Links

HB1304 at GenCourtMobile
HB1304 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 16, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 23, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 6, 2020 House Floor Vote
Feb. 13, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1304 Revision: 6958 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services HJ 1 P. 17
Jan. 16, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/16/2020 01:00 pm LOB 307
Jan. 23, 2020 Executive Session: 01/23/2020 01:00 pm LOB 307
Feb. 13, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/13/2020 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 5 P. 3
Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 20-0; CC)
Feb. 6, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/06/2020 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 5 P. 3
Feb. 13, 2020 Ought to Pass: MA VV 02/13/2020 HJ 3 P. 3
March 11, 2020 Introduced 03/11/2020 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 7