SHB 2574

                              As Passed House

                             February 13, 1992


Title:  An act relating to the definition of hospital in regard to self-insurers.


Brief Description:  Defining hospital in regard to self‑insurers.


Sponsor(s):  By House Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Jones, G. Cole, Heavey and Fuhrman; by request of Department of Labor & Industries).


Brief History:

   Reported by House Committee on:

Commerce & Labor, February 6, 1992, DPS;

Passed House, February 13, 1992, 96-0.





Majority Report:  The substitute bill be substituted therefor and the substitute bill do pass.  Signed by 11 members:  Representatives Heavey, Chair; G. Cole, Vice Chair; Fuhrman, Ranking Minority Member; Lisk, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Franklin; Jones; R. King; O'Brien; Prentice; Vance; and Wilson.


Staff:  Chris Cordes (786-7117).


Background:  Under the state industrial insurance system, certain hospital employees may be covered through one of two self-insurance groups, one for public hospitals and one for private hospitals.  The definition of "hospital" for the purpose of authorizing these groups refers to a statute that was repealed in 1990 when the Washington State Hospital Commission was repealed.


Summary of Bill:  The authority for hospitals to form industrial insurance self-insurance groups is amended by deleting the reference to a repealed definition of "hospital."  A new definition is added that includes hospitals under the hospital licensing statute and hospitals regulated as psychiatric hospitals, but excludes beds used by a comprehensive cancer center for cancer research.  A reference is deleted that limited the self-insurance group for non-public hospitals to not-for-profit hospitals.


Fiscal Note:  Not requested.


Effective Date:  Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.


Testimony For:  The bill is needed to correct a statutory reference to the Washington Hospital Commission statute, which has been repealed.  The bill also reflects a policy change for private hospitals that has been in place since 1987.  The self-insurance group for private hospitals no longer makes a distinction between nonprofit and profit-making hospitals.


Testimony Against:  None.


Witnesses:  (In favor)  Representative Evan Jones, prime sponsor; and Jody Moran, Department of Labor and Industries.