September 7, 2023
Līhuʻe, Hawaiʻi – Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau) issued the following statement regarding the recent awarding of contracts to provide ground ambulance services for the counties of Maui and Kauaʻi:
"Emergency medical service providers are vital members of our community. I was concerned when I first learned that AMR was not selected to continue to provide ambulance services after serving the people of Maui and Kauaʻi for over forty years. Because AMR has formally protested the awarding of the new contract, the award and execution to a new provider will remain on hold until the conclusion of the protest. I encourage the Department of Health to sincerely consider all points raised in the protest, and to continue to prioritize the health and safety of our neighbors in Maui and Kauaʻi."