The plaintiffs were represented pro bono by Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (AHFI) attorneys Paul Alston and Zachary McNish and attorney Elizabeth Dunne of Lawyers for Equal Justice.
“Public rulemaking is an important process that the state cannot ignore,” said Zachary McNish.
Due to the lawsuit, the state is now required to follow procedures that will allow for pubic comment and criticism of proposed rules that will determine what level of benefits will be provided to immigrants from these Compact of Free Association states.
“Allowing public participation will help reduce the confusion and anxiety created by DHS’s first, invalid attempt to suddenly eliminate lifesaving medical care in August 2009,” said Ms. Dunne.
The public hearing on the new rules will be at 1:30 p.m. on January 25, 2010 at the Lili`uokalani Building. Neighbor Island residents may provide testimony by contacting the Med-Quest division on each island. For copies of the proposed rules or information, go to: http://hawaii.gov/dhs/main/har/proposed_rules or call (808) 692-8132.