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Hawaii sets insurance minimums for health care

By Associated Press


Hawaii has set minimum standards for health care insurance plans that can be sold in Hawaii under new federal guidelines. 

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the minimums at a press conference today. Abercrombie says the minimums will help Hawaii lead the nationwide health care transition.

The minimums include things like ambulance services, hospitalization and prescription drugs. The guidelines will take effect in 2014.

Hawaii is among the states that bet correctly that the U.S. Supreme Court would uphold Obama’s law. The high court ruled in favor of the law in June.

U.S. Census data from 2010 show 7.7 percent of Hawaii residents are without health insurance. That’s the second-lowest rate in the country behind Massachusetts at 5.5 percent.   

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John30022 wrote:
so rates will go up even more now
on October 1,2012 | 04:15PM
Pbost wrote:
John, please be the first one to opt out but be sure to have a lot of equity in your house when your bill comes due, as does everyone's. wouldn't want the US to go into the dreaded " death spiral" like Europe and Canada. Oh, I'm sorry, is Canada included in your death spiral fantasy?
on October 1,2012 | 04:39PM
entrkn wrote:
... the rates will only go up for you John... don't you feel special?... and if you were to move to a more enlightened state like Texas or Mississippi, your rates would go up even more... a lot more!
on October 1,2012 | 08:51PM
goodday wrote:
probably to help pay for medical bills for people like the guy I saw today who picked out a cup of coffee from a trashcan and drank it
on October 2,2012 | 01:59AM
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