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Hawaii health exchange head to testify to Congress

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:38 a.m. HST, Mar 27, 2014

The head of Hawaii's troubled health insurance exchange has been called to Congress to testify about the problems faced by the marketplace.

The Hawaii Health Connector's interim director Tom Matsuda will head to Washington next week.

The Connector has enrolled far fewer people in insurance plans than officials hoped. As a result, it doesn't have enough money to sustain itself.

Officials from the Hawaii Health Connector have said the nonprofit needs about $15 million per year to operate. It has enough money to last through the end of 2014 and part of next year.

Only about 5,700 people had enrolled in insurance plans through Hawaii's exchange as of the end of last week. Workers at the Connector have been reaching out to enroll more people before a March 31 deadline.

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I would think that Coral Andrews the original Executive Director, has some explaining to do. Seems to me that this dude Matsuda is just trying to clean up the mess. Where is to Governor on this anyway? He's been awfully quiet.
on March 27,2014 | 11:12AM
inverse wrote:
All FACTS point to the conclusion, including the Feds requiring Matsuda to testify in Congress, that the Hawaii Health Connector, after the Feds cut their funding, the State should NOT attempt to use taxpayer money to keep the Connector going.
on March 27,2014 | 12:11PM
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