NU Online News Service, March 22, 12:45 p.m. – The Hawaii House of Representatives has passed H.B. 2638, a bill that would create a statewide long-term care insurance safety net program, and sent it to the state Senate.
The bill was approved this week by the Senate Committees on Health and Human Services and is now awaiting action by the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Housing.
The Hawaii Long-Term Care Financing Act would create a panel to administer a state LTC program that would collect mandatory premiums from employee paychecks of $10 per month. Initial benefits would be $70 per day for a year. The bill would also set up a state fund to hold premiums and pay benefits.