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Hawaii's health insurance exchange enrolls 257 in 1st month

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 03:16 a.m. HST, Nov 16, 2013

The Hawaii Health Connector enrolled 257 individuals in Obamacare health plans during its first month of operation.

Connector officials for the first time Friday released enrollment figures for the online marketplace created by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

From Oct. 1 through Nov. 9, 1,605 applicants were deemed eligible to enroll on the Connector and 180 actually selected medical plans, Connector deputy executive director Eric Alborg said at a board meeting last Friday. But from Nov. 9 through Friday, an additional 77 signed up for health coverage, he said.

In addition, 113 employers have submitted applications on the exchange, though no employees have selected a plan as of yet.

"We wanted to provide the board of directors and public the most up-to-date figures," he said.

In a report issued Wednesday, Hawaii was one of only three states that did not provide data to the federal government on the number of people who had signed up for private health insurance through the online exchanges designed to match low-income residents with subsidized health coverage.

The Obama Administration reported that more than 106,000 people selected medical plans in October, the first month of open enrollment.

Hawaii was the last state in the nation to go live with health plans on the exchange after failing to launch at the start of open enrollment on Oct. 1. It did not go live until Oct. 15 due to software problems, which continue to plague the online marketplace. 

The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans obtain health coverage next year or face tax penalties. Consumers must enroll in health plans by Dec. 15 for coverage that begins on Jan. 1. 

The president announced Thursday a policy reversal that allows insurers to keep individuals in their existing health plans that were slated to be canceled because they did not meet minimum benefit requirements under the health reform law.

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.

State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito said today that he is urging Hawaii health insurance companies to continue offering plans that were slated to be scrapped by the end of the year.

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false wrote:
Wow. 257 enrolled int the first month!
on November 15,2013 | 03:07PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Let's hold a parade to celebrate.
on November 15,2013 | 03:14PM
medigogo wrote:
And how many of these 257 signed up for Medicaid?
on November 15,2013 | 03:44PM
hanalei395 wrote:
When Romneycare started in Massachusetts, only 123 signed up during the first month. Today, Massachusetts is the # 1 state in the nation ( Hawai`i # 2) with the most with health insurance, ... good health insurance.
on November 15,2013 | 04:59PM
Coldwater wrote:
Not according to obama.
on November 15,2013 | 05:47PM
hanalei395 wrote:
You're weird. ... It's according to you that it's "not according to Obama".
on November 15,2013 | 07:20PM
aomohoa wrote:
Millions of people lost insurance and this is suppose to impress us? LOL
on November 15,2013 | 03:07PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Wow, the figures are millions lost insurance? Wow ,mainland transplants fibsters.
on November 15,2013 | 04:58PM
aomohoa wrote:
I guess you don't read anything but the SA. LOL
on November 15,2013 | 06:12PM
Skyler wrote:
Well, the SA is the only one that pays NB... guess you could say he's loyal. :-)
on November 15,2013 | 06:29PM
bsdetection wrote:
Millions of people always lose health insurance. Insurance companies "recession" policies are constantly canceling people's coverage. This is nothing new. People, usually those who need insurance the most, have been losing coverage for years. Obama promised that people could keep their policies, but the law doesn't say that the companies have to keep offering those policies. Some companies, anticipating the ACA taking effect, offered upgrades to "cadillac" policies to people with serious illnesses, but hidden in those policies were poison pills - hidden flaws that meant that the policies would be illegal when the ACA took effect. This is how the insurance company unloaded customers whose claims were too high - they tricked them into buying policies with fatal flaws. The Republican Plan D drug plan, the massive and unfunded give away to Big Pharma, also had a disastrous roll out, but Democrats, who opposed the plan in Congress, worked to make it work once it was law.
on November 15,2013 | 07:24PM
calentura wrote:
It would have been quicker to simply say "It's Bush's fault." Seriously, if cancellations are perfectly normal, as you say, why then is Obama coming back with his (illegal) fix to extend the policies for another year…? Why is he "sorry" it happened…? If it's normal, shouldn't he just shut up and move on with the original plan…? Please cite one insurance company with multiple (over a thousand) cadillac/upgrade/poisonpill trick policies and I'll give you a gold star for defending this catastrophe. Not that it would make it any less heinous.
on November 15,2013 | 08:18PM
Pocho wrote:
no kidding. These people who believe the Pied Piper can't see the truth and are delusional. Btw, there's no sense in trying to explain it all, it's written in the SA that 25K - 35K Hawaii resident got cut off from their medical plans and the Legislature is asking the Insurance Companies to reinstate the plans. I mean the #'s of people that got cut off is printed in Black and White. hahahaha, they Delusional to say the very least
on November 15,2013 | 08:56PM
carolm wrote:
Can you be specific on exactly what the hidden flaws and poison pills are? My current plan is pretty good - don't see any flaws. But the same plan will go up by around $200 next year because of Obamacare. Obamacare plans may have low monthly payments but the deductibles are really high - it's NOT affordable.
on November 15,2013 | 08:29PM
Pocho wrote:
Apparently you haven't been listening to the Pied Piper's Tune long enough! hahahahaha
on November 15,2013 | 08:58PM
A_Reader wrote:
No pity for all those that voted for BaboozeObama....pity the rest.
on November 15,2013 | 03:10PM
niimi wrote:
Wow, finger twirling in air, what a BIG number. NOT!
on November 15,2013 | 03:20PM
niimi wrote:
Thank you, President Obama.
on November 15,2013 | 03:20PM
aomohoa wrote:
Tell me you are joking!
on November 15,2013 | 03:31PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Wow! Friday at 4pm. Classic attempt to bury bad news.

Let's see. The Hawaii health connector got $205,000,000.00 and they managed to sign up 257 people. Great work guys! Ain't goverment money fun?

on November 15,2013 | 03:21PM
st1d wrote:
$797.665 spent for each sign up. and that's only the start up money the connector site received up to october 2013. bet you thought the acorn people were slick.
on November 15,2013 | 04:17PM
Pocho wrote:
Feds got money printing machines, this is no problem as there's pleeny money yet to be printed.
on November 15,2013 | 08:59PM
geeknews wrote:
Wow 257 you have to be kidding.. How much did we spend on this thing..
on November 15,2013 | 03:26PM
Meleana22 wrote:
@geeknews: $600,000,000. Six-hundred million dollars--so far.
on November 15,2013 | 03:50PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Can you tea bags get your numbers together. One said 600 m another 205 m, all assumes.
on November 15,2013 | 05:07PM
Paulh808 wrote:
What do you have troll?
on November 15,2013 | 05:47PM
Coldwater wrote:
the web building account has not been closed, so the cash is still rolling in. And what does it matter a million here and a million there.
on November 15,2013 | 05:52PM
aomohoa wrote:
All you do is insult people when you don't like the truth. LOL I guess any one that can read is a member of the tea party. That's ridiculous. EVEN the democrats are finally losing confidence in Obama. You just keep your blinders on and live in your ignorance.
on November 15,2013 | 06:15PM
st1d wrote:
"To date, Hawaii has received approximately $205 million dollars in federal grant money to
support the build and implementation of the Connector. ' source: hawaii health connector web site. back in april they were still proud of wasting taxpayers' money.
on November 15,2013 | 08:38PM
Pocho wrote:
Somebody or entity made Uku Plenty money!
on November 15,2013 | 09:00PM
bekwell wrote:
Fifty percent of Americans work for a government in some position. They are exempt. Twenty-five percent belong to a union of some sort. They are exempt. That leaves 25 percent of us peons to take the brunt of the train wreck.
on November 16,2013 | 03:17AM
XML808 wrote:
"State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito said today that he is urging Hawaii health insurance companies to continue offering plans that were slated to be scrapped by the end of the year." What I'd like to know is when the premium surcharge against all health insurance policies to fund the Hawaii Health Connector will take effect, if not already.
on November 15,2013 | 03:34PM
chuck4664 wrote:
25,000 and 30,000 Hawaii residents with individual plans and 140,000 covered by small business policies been notified their medical plans canceled or altered on Jan. 1. Only 257 signed up, this is big joke.
on November 15,2013 | 03:38PM
matsuyama wrote:
All 257 probably are chronic health cases that were very eager to get the rest of society to foot the bill for their massively expensive health conditions.
on November 15,2013 | 03:39PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Yeah Matsumoto, like the kids with leukemia. Why should we pay for some kid who doesn't work! Hey, kid sell newspapers! Hey bat kid in SF, get a real job!
on November 16,2013 | 06:38PM
Skyler wrote:
KHON says 226.
on November 15,2013 | 03:46PM
wn wrote:
I am soooo....impressed! Haven't heard much commentary from our Congressional Team...perhaps a bad case of lock jaw...
on November 15,2013 | 04:03PM
Papakolea wrote:
I don't think they can have lockjaw. Members of Congress have really good medical plans...for life.
on November 15,2013 | 05:14PM
Skyler wrote:
You obviously don't read past the SA 'breaking news.'
on November 15,2013 | 06:31PM
Matsu wrote:
. For anyone nuts enough to think it is a good idea to have the gov't run our health plans, you should all be condemned to using Leahi Hospital (that scary looking hospital next to KCC on the back side of Diamond Head). That is what a State-run medicine looks like. That is what ALL our hospitals will look like when we turn over our health plans to the gov't. Everyone will be equally covered, but everyone will be covered for equally lousy care.
on November 15,2013 | 04:15PM
hanalei395 wrote:
It's not a hospital anymore. It's a nursing home.
on November 15,2013 | 04:27PM
wn wrote:
Correct...the acute care hospitals are on the neighbor islands...Hilo Hospital, Kona Community, Maui Memorial.
on November 15,2013 | 04:42PM
Matsu wrote:
Okay- but again, who would want to go to a place like that for a nursing home? I would rather die.
on November 15,2013 | 05:09PM
hanalei395 wrote:
OK. That's one less off from the goverment's Medicare/Medicaid rolls.
on November 15,2013 | 05:39PM
aomohoa wrote:
Brings up the point that more money is spent on medical care in the last two months of live that the rest of a persons life, in many cases. That is the way hospitals suck the money out of insurance companies. This will only get worse.
on November 15,2013 | 06:18PM
Manoa2 wrote:
You have it backwards-- the insurance companies run the government. They basically drafted much of the bill and lobbied hard for this plan and you can see why. They will enroll and cover more people-- everyone has to have insurance-- and make more money read the legislation and while there are things that the insurance companies have to do, the law provides exceptions for them lets them charge higher premiums-- the insurance companies still run the medical care system. The idea of health insurance is a good one, but it was not Obama's idea-- it was a conservative think tank that thought of it and the person who made it work was a Republican (so far no Democrat has made the plan work).
on November 15,2013 | 11:15PM
Steve96785 wrote:
That is actually 257 in 6 weeks, not one month. At that rate, how long will it take to sign up all of Hawaii's uninsured? How much taxpayer money has this cost so far? How long will it take to enroll 170,000 people who have been notified that their current plans will be forcibly changed? Call it an even 1000 months? Good thing that we'll be able to charge them tax penalties for the next 9 years or so. Thank you Democrats for another example of the best government you can provide. Maybe these same folks can take over public education and fix that, too. Oh wait, they did that already.
on November 15,2013 | 04:40PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So isn't this good news for the tea party GOP Scrooge. I mean the less sign up, the less you give your 2 cents.
on November 15,2013 | 05:03PM
Paulh808 wrote:
We use our own money not other peoples like you blood sucking Libs. Fact, we give more to charity than up you Libs, you guys are only generous when it comes to other peoples money!
on November 15,2013 | 05:53PM
aomohoa wrote:
They Libs, as you call them, are only good at sucking up the entitlements, and expect anyone making a decent living pay for them.
on November 15,2013 | 06:22PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Go back to the mainland.
on November 16,2013 | 06:39PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on November 16,2013 | 06:40PM
aomohoa wrote:
On the defense again. You always do that when you know you are wrong and have nothing worthwhile to contribute.
on November 15,2013 | 06:19PM
jomama wrote:
your logic is faulty, Can you tell why?
on November 15,2013 | 07:26PM
markeno wrote:
Its a typo. Should read 257,000 enrolled in the first month since Oct. 1. Wait...its not a typo. Sorry.
on November 15,2013 | 04:59PM
aomohoa wrote:
LOL, good one.
on November 15,2013 | 06:22PM
Papakolea wrote:
A lot of the people who cannot afford healthcare also cannot afford a computer.
on November 15,2013 | 05:16PM
aomohoa wrote:
Yeah right, that is why you see people on welfare, on fancy cell phones.
on November 15,2013 | 06:23PM
64hoo wrote:
hooray for all the people who signed up for Obama care there website was hacked into and they got your SS number and stole your identity now thres three of you around the country or world with the same identity way to go Obama care.
on November 15,2013 | 05:28PM
hanalei395 wrote:
To all the people who signed up for Obamacare .....64hoo just admitted that he has your SS number ...and he knows who you are, ... all of you.
on November 15,2013 | 05:49PM
rsgea wrote:
And how many of those 257 are Connector connected? Probably most of them.
on November 15,2013 | 05:54PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
It says "signed up"; it does not say "paid for".

Huge difference. Question #2: how many of the sign ups were under 30?

on November 15,2013 | 06:16PM
bekwell wrote:
And if you don't have insurance, it will be invoiced by the IRS. They are exempt, as well as unions.
on November 16,2013 | 03:14AM
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