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Hawaii urges private insurers to reinstate health plans

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 01:10 p.m. HST, Nov 15, 2013

Jamm Aquino / jaquino@staradvertiser.comGov. Neil Abercrombie announced the selection of a health care benefits package as part of the federal Affordable Care Act on Monday at the state Capitol with Dr. Beth Giesting, right, and state Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito.

Hawaii's insurance commissioner today urged all health insurance companies in the state to continue offering plans they had previously canceled due to the federal Affordable Care Act.

Between 25,000 and 30,000 Hawaii residents with individual plans and 140,000 people covered by small business policies had been notified their medical plans will be canceled or altered on Jan. 1.

Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito requested Hawaii insurance carriers continue health plans that faced non-renewal by the end of the year.

Ito spoke one day after President Barack Obama reversed his stance on the issue, allowing states and insurers to choose which plans to continue as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

The ACA, also known as "Obamacare," had required the inclusion of 10 essential health benefits. The non-renewed plans did not meet those requirements.

Now it will be up to the insurance companies to decide whether to reinstate the plans.

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inlanikai wrote:
Wait a minute! I thought the Hawaii Health Connector was the greatest thing winced sliced bread. Oh, I get it. Obama says "jump" and the Commish says "How high?".
on November 15,2013 | 12:18PM
8082062424 wrote:
Now they want insurance to fix the problem they caused
on November 15,2013 | 12:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
What happens in December when it changes again? It's all part of the plan so stay tuned for the next installment!
on November 15,2013 | 12:59PM
inlanikai wrote:
The "plan" is to blame the insurance companies when people either don't have insurance come Jan 1st or can't afford the Exchange plans. I can hear it now: "Hey, we allowed the insurance companies to insure people as they were doing all along. They just chose not to. ".
on November 15,2013 | 02:27PM
mitsuni wrote:
ACA/SB1 same same reckless legislation by an empowered party with and agenda that suits them and no one else.......can't wait to see the results
on November 15,2013 | 01:35PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
So, the insurance commissioner is advocating for insurance companies to violate the federal law? Lovely. Obama did not change the law with his speech, he just promised not to enforce it. Would you believe him?
on November 15,2013 | 02:25PM
Silent_No_More wrote:
Oh Mr. Governor, don't forget YOU, Ms. Hirono, along with senator Akaka and and the late senator Inouye voted us into this mess and now you want put the responsibility to the insurance companies to solve the problem. Sounds to familiar, just kick the can down the road for one year extension after the 2014 election hoping everyone will forget.
on November 15,2013 | 04:04PM
JimLoomis wrote:
When someone without health insurance gets sick or hurt and goes to the emergency room, who pays for the treatment he gets? We do. The hospital recoups the money it lost from treating the guy by inflating the charges those of us WITH insurance pay when WE go to the hospital. So we file a claim with our insurance company for those inflated charges, which causes the insurance company to raise our rates at renewal time. Hey … here's an idea: How about requiring everybody to have health insurance? Nah … let's not think this thing through logically and work together for a solution. Let's just bash Obama and call him a Marxist and trash the people who are doing their best to provide your sorry a-- with good health care at affordable cost. (Now, of course, you've got me to bash, too.)
on November 15,2013 | 04:32PM
honokai wrote:
The problem Mr. Loomis is that no one believes your administration talking points about bashing anymore. That is because the Obama administration and its media lap dogs have been engaged in extremely vicious bashing and marginalization of its political opponents for days on end. "Wackos" "Nutbirds" "Terrorists". Is that how we treat our follow citizen that sincerely want to participate in the political process? You really think Obama and his folks have been a model of kindness to the other side?
on November 15,2013 | 05:28PM
jomama wrote:
maybe not, but I never heard Obama say Wackos Nutbirds or Terrorists. So your argument is moot.
on November 15,2013 | 07:38PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
Just like former president Bill Clinton said, "Ready my lips" Obama said, "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” All you who voted for Obama....this is just one example of what you get/got!!!!
on November 15,2013 | 06:22PM
jomama wrote:
I also don't recall him saying Period.
on November 15,2013 | 07:38PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Jomama, you need to watch the numerous clips of Obama saying PERIOD as he worked to sell his socialized health plan to Americans, but you need to watch a channel that truly reports the news like Fox instead of the liberal media that works hard to protect Obama from his many blunders. Anyone with any intelligence understood Obama’s emphasis on the word PERIOD meant no ifs, ands or buts, period, which we now know were bold faced lies.
on November 16,2013 | 08:01AM
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