POSTED: 12:37 p.m. HST, Nov 13, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 02:01 p.m. HST, Nov 13, 2013
Hawaii is one of only three states that did not provide data to the federal government on the number of people who have signed up for private health insurance from the online marketplace created by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
The Obama Administration reported today that 106,000 people signed up for private health insurance last month, but the report did not include totals from Hawaii, Oregon and Massachusetts.
Asked why Hawaii did not provide the number of people signing up for insurance, a Hawaii Health Connector representative said the organization had no immediate comment.
The Connector did report how many applications it had last month and how many of those application were deemed eligible.
The Connector completed 1,754 applications for 2,379 individuals between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2. Of those, 1,156 individuals were eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan.
The Connector is Hawaii's state-based health insurance exchange designed to match low-income residents with subsidized health plans. The exchange is the only place consumers and small businesses can apply for tax credits to reduce the cost of health coverage.
The Hawaii numbers were included in a report released today by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.
Coral Andrews, executive director of the Connector, previously told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that she expects to enroll as many as 300,000, including an estimated 100,000 uninsured, over the next few years.
The 1,754 applications the Connector received in October was the fifth lowest number in the nation.
The Connector website was supposed to launch on Oct. 1 but did not go live until Oct. 15 due to software problems.