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As health-insurance exchanges prepare to open Oct. 1, as mandated by “Obamacare,” competition here remains muted due to Hawaii’s longtime employer-based law and dominance by just a few insurers

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 25, 2013

~~<p>The Affordable Care Act, talked about in the abstract since it became law three years ago, will become concrete reality to most Americans within six weeks, when the various state and federal health-insurance exchanges go online.</p>
<p>Some are now raising the alarm that the Hawaii Health Connector, which is Hawaii's private nonprofit exchange, is attracting too few competitors to keep premium costs in check. So far only the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) and Kaiser Permanente have confirmed they will sell medical plans on the exchange, with Hawaii Dental Service being the third Connector entity so far.</p>
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The Affordable Care Act, talked about in the abstract since it became law three years ago, will become concrete reality to most Americans within six weeks, when the various state and federal health-insurance exchanges go online.

Some are now raising the alarm that the Hawaii Health Connector, which is Hawaii's private nonprofit exchange, is attracting too few competitors to keep premium costs in check. So far only the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) and Kaiser Permanente have confirmed they will sell medical plans on the exchange, with Hawaii Dental Service being the third Connector entity so far. Login for more...



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