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Gov. Ige intervenes in legislative plan for Maui hospitals

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige is intervening in a legislative plan to allow Maui's regional hospitals to be taken over by a private entity.

The state House of Representatives was poised to approve the bill Tuesday which would pave the way for the partnership.

But instead of passing the bill, legislative leaders joined Ige in a press conference announcing they would work together to finalize the details.

Ige did not say why he decided to intervene. But the Senate had recently removed employee protections from the bill.

The Hawaii Government Employees Association opposes the idea. The union represents more than 800 workers in Maui's public hospitals and was concerned about the changes made in the Senate.

Maui hospitals head Wesley Lo says if the bill fails the hospital will face layoffs.

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