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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
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.


details on this decision see related item below

State of
Hawaii First Circuit Court

decision: Civil No. 07-1-1872

July 23, 2008)