High court upholds Hawaii migrant health care cuts

High court upholds Hawaii migrant health care cuts

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii could begin cutting some state-funded medical services for Micronesian migrants now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a ruling allowing the state to reduce health care coverage of noncitizens.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the state could begin cutting services by the end of the week to non-pregnant, adult noncitizens.

The state Department of Health has prepared emergency rules in anticipation of Monday's ruling.

A federal appeals court ruled in April Hawaii isn't required to fund Medicaid for migrants from three Pacific Island nations in Micronesia to make up for reduced federal funding.

Micronesia officials are hopeful Hawaii's new governor will continue health services for migrants despite the high court ruling.

The health department says state-funded assistance will continue for eligible migrants who are elderly, blind and disabled.

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