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POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2013

~~<p>Only a handful of days remain to be peeled off the calendar before the national launch of the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Although the first open enrollment period will last six months, it's nerve-wracking that Hawaii's exchange seems a bit behind the eight ball this close to the Oct. 1 start date.</p>
<p>That exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, was constituted by state law but is run as a private nonprofit organization. Hawaii's two dominant insurance carriers, Hawaii Medical Service Association and Kaiser Permanente, are the only two to have votes on the governing board. By design or not, these companies are also the only two to be offering plans on the exchange so far, with most of the marketing at this stage further bolstering their position.</p>
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Only a handful of days remain to be peeled off the calendar before the national launch of the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Although the first open enrollment period will last six months, it's nerve-wracking that Hawaii's exchange seems a bit behind the eight ball this close to the Oct. 1 start date.

That exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, was constituted by state law but is run as a private nonprofit organization. Hawaii's two dominant insurance carriers, Hawaii Medical Service Association and Kaiser Permanente, are the only two to have votes on the governing board. By design or not, these companies are also the only two to be offering plans on the exchange so far, with most of the marketing at this stage further bolstering their position. Login for more...



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