POSTED: 8:16 p.m. HST, Dec 1, 2011
Hawaii will receive more than $14 million in federal grants to help it carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Hawaii's congressional delegation says the $14 million will be Hawaii's share of $220 million in grants the federal government is giving 13 states to set up health insurance exchanges.
Millions of uninsured Americans will be able to buy private coverage through these online supermarkets starting in 2014.
They would get federal tax credits, based on income, to make their premiums more affordable. Less-healthy consumers could not be turned away or charged more because of medical problems.
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said in a statement Wednesday the grant will help the people of Hawaii access and browse a wide variety of affordable health care plans.