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The decision vacates a 2010 preliminary injunction handed down by U.S. District Judge
COFA residents argued to the 9th Circuit that the state violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by providing them less health coverage than citizens and legal residents eligible for
The state Attorney General and Human Services and Health departments issued a joint statement saying, "The state will review and analyze the decision and its programs to determine how best to proceed." Gov.
According to a report sent the
Additionally, U.S. Rep.
In 2009 the state
An amended version of the Basic Health Hawaii plan rolled out the following summer -- including limited doctor, hospital and mental health visits, three procedures, emergency dental and medical care such as federally funded kidney dialysis and four medications a month including brand-name chemotherapy drugs -- but Seabright halted the plan that December.
Since then the state has been complying with his ruling.
State House Vice Speaker
"I don't know ultimately what
"At this point I'm sure that both the
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