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Hawaii to use federal funds for migrants' health

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii will be able to tap into federal funding to pay for health care for people living in the state under the Compact of Free Association.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports roughly 7,500 adult migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands will be able to sign up for medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

That will save the state roughly $21.5 million.

Beneficiaries will enjoy lower costs for deductibles and co-payments. Those expenses will be heavily subsidized by the federal government.

Under the compact, Pacific island citizens freely live and work in the U.S. in exchange for allowing the U.S. military to control strategic land and water areas in the region.

The federal government used to pay for health care for the migrant group.

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