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The Pulse on UH Faculty Health Benefits…

As health reform continues to be a hot
topic each legislative session, recently University of Hawaii Faculty Members
and other public employees received welcomed news from the State Court.  In an extremely important decision the Court
upheld a critical assumption that public employee retirees have a constitutional
right
to continuing health benefits. 

The Court reviewed statutory and
constitutional issues and sought to offer interpretations of the statutes that
would be construed in a manner that makes them constitutional.  While this Court opinion reinforces Hawaii’s
non-impairment provision and protects accrued benefits, it does not prohibit
the State legislature from reducing benefits for prospective employees.

 

For
details on this decision see related item below
:

State of
Hawaii First Circuit Court

Court’s
decision: Civil No. 07-1-1872

(Dated:
July 23, 2008)