Hawaii not required to fund Medicaid for migrants

Published On: Apr 01 2014 09:33:52 PM HST

Hawaii is not required to fund Medicaid for migrants from three Pacific nations in Micronesia.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Hawaii has no constitutional obligation to fill a gap left after Congress cut health care funding for migrants. The cut happened under the Compact of Free Association.

The compact means Palau, Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia citizens can live and work in the U.S. In exchange, the U.S. military controls extensive land and water in the Pacific.

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