2 Sep 2009

Hawaii govt to continue providing medical treatment for Pacific Island migrants

8:30 pm on 2 September 2009

A federal judge has ruled Hawaii's government must continue providing lifesaving dialysis and chemotherapy treatments to Pacific Island migrants.

Judge Michael Seabright granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday preventing the state from instituting a new, limited health insurance programme that would save 15 million US dollars.

His decision came as a relief to migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands who argue the United States and Hawaii governments had not been living up to a health obligation promised after U.S. nuclear weapons tests in the region half-century ago.

The ruling keeps in place broad health coverage for dialysis, chemotherapy, prescription drugs and doctor visits.