The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today temporarily suspended the transfer of the state-run medical system to a private health provider, pending the submission of a status report.
The appeals court wants the status report on or before June 30.
The suspension of the ownership transfer is effective only until Sept. 30, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
State Attorney General Douglas Chin said some judges expressed worries about the impact of the transfer on United Public Workers union employees.
Chin said the state administration and state Legislature have put together solutions to address these worries.
“We will comply with the 9th Circuit’s order and report our progress to them,” Chin said.
The Legislature passed a law in 2015 ending the Hawaii Health Systems Corp.’s delivery of health services to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital and authorized the health service delivery to be done by a private operator. Kaiser Permanente will be the operator.