Feds could save the state $20M a year

Micronesia

Congress is being asked to help save the state about $20 million a year.

The savings would come in the form of an Immigration Reform Bill that hits the senate floor in June.

Hawaii currently fronts the bill for health care services to Micronesian migrants.

The bill restores Medicaid benefits to them.

“There are certain health situations back home that the infrastructure’s not there for it so therefore we feel that there is a vital need for this,” Chuuck resident Jojo Peter said.

“We have these agreements with our compact migrant states because of our national security needs, so our country has a responsibility to provide appropriate levels and support for the compact migrants,” Sen. Mazie Hirono said.

The bill would affect those who come to Hawaii from Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.

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