Mahalo nui loa to the Honorable Representative Takai and the Honorable Senator English for taking the lead in introducing these important measures, as well as the twenty other Senators that signed on to the Senate versions! To put that in perspective, there are only twenty-five Senators total, so it is fair to say our resolutions have a significant amount of support.
You can see information on the state resolutions here, including their respective text, committee referrals, hearing notices, and more:
Senate Concurrent and Single Body Resolutions
(check out all of the introducers!)
House Concurrent and Single Body Resolutions
This is just the first step in a campaign to amend the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, to restore equal access to federal benefits for U.S. resident taxpayers, workers, students, and community members present under the Compacts of Free Association. These resolutions, if passed, will give Representative Hanabusa and Hawai'i's other Congressional delegates a strong, statewide voice of support in their efforts to restore Medicaid access for COFA migrants present in the United States.
Our work has only just begun. Please, consider joining our efforts -- together, we can make history!
To join the campaign, and to receive updates on the status of the above state resolutions as well as opportunities to support them, please sign our petition urging Congress to restore these benefits and provide health justice to our Pacific Islander community! And, if you would like to get more involved, please contact us at any time.