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Posted: Friday, April 4th, 2014 12:18 PM HST

Hawaii health system partnership bill advances

By Associated Press

A bill that would establish a framework allowing partnerships between Hawaii's public health system and private health care providers is headed to a conference committee.

West Hawaii Today reports that the state House Finance Committee this week unanimously passed Senate Bill 3064, which would allow the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. to transition one or more of its regions to the control of a nonprofit corporation.

Sen. Josh Green says his bill would allow HHSC to work with private hospitals and become more streamlined.

The bill includes measures guaranteeing existing contracts would be honored.

The Hawaii Government Employees Association opposes the bill, saying it does not sufficiently identify long-term liabilities the state would face through provider subsidies.

Green says he plans to open the conference committee in mid-April.

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