HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed a bill into law that makes private hospitals pay fees that could help cover health care costs for the poor.
The governor had previously put the bill on his veto list but he signed it earlier this week.
He had said there were concerns about the effect and fairness of the measure.
Under the bill, private hospitals would pay $42 million in fees to get $77 million in federal money in return.
Senate Health Committee Chairman state Sen. Josh Green said the governor stepped up and did the right thing for Hawaii’s health care system.