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Lawmakers Propose Monopolistic State Fund as Cure for Dysfunctional System

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 918 | 0 | 54 min read

Hawaii lawmakers this year could debate whether the state's workers' compensation system could be improved by driving private carriers off the islands. A bill introduced Jan. 27 would create a public corporation to provide workers' compensation insurance in Hawaii and require employers to purchase coverage from the state-run carrier or self-insure. Rep. Mark Nakashima House Bill 2715, by Rep. Mark Nakashima, D-Hamakua, would also repeal statutes authorizing the Hawaii Employers Mutual Insurance Co., or HEMIC. The purpose of the bill is to increase workplace safety and provide...

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