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ALERT: Basic Health Hawai'i Preliminary Injunction Lifted
Earlier today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision on the Basic Health Hawaiʻi case (Korab vs. Fink) after hearing the case over eighteen months ago. In its ruling, the court states that Hawaiʻi is not constitutionally obligated to provide medical care under its state run Medicaid programs for COFA citizens living in Hawaiʻi. This means that the state of Hawaiʻi is not necessarily in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by imposing Basic Health Hawaiʻi (BHH) on COFA citizens. It also means that the preliminary injunction that was imposed on BHH is now lifted. It is unclear now whether and/or when the state will reinstate BHH and endanger the health, well-being and lives of our families and community members as it has tried to do for almost 5 years.
We want to call on our partners and fellow community advocates who have been working hard on this issue to come together in a series of community conversations and dialogue so that we can come up with a plan of action to move forward on this issue. Our Micronesian communities need fair access to healthcare. This is an opportunity to make our unified voice heard and restore justice to our Micronesian citizens, not just in Hawaiʻi, but potentially throughout the United States. Now is the time for us to demonstrate the power we have in our community and in our strength and resilience as Pacific Islanders. Please come. Please forward this announcement and tell others.
Our first meeting will be held this Friday evening at 6 PM at Kuhio Park Terrace. Details will be distributed shortly. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.