Maui hospitals hold public meeting as lawmakers discuss private partnership bill

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A public meeting is set for Tuesday evening to address potential cuts in services and workforce reductions at state-run medical centers on Maui.

The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Maui Region says it faces a nearly $30 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2016, which begins July 1, 2015.

The regional board and administration will meet with the public from 5-7 p.m. at Puu Kukui Elementary in Wailuku.

A House-Senate conference committee is also meeting Tuesday night at the State Capitol to discuss House Bill 1075, which would allow a private company to partner with state-run medical centers. That meeting also begins at 5 p.m.

The discussions come as Hawaii Pacific Health, a non-profit health care network, is in the midst of a deal to partner with Maui Memorial Medical Center, along with two smaller Maui clinics.

Maui Memorial is facing a $28 million budget crisis next year and is relying heavily on the partnership deal.

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