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Connector has much to prove


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 16, 2013

~~<p>The Hawaii Health Connector, after a distressing two weeks of delay, limped to the starting line on Tuesday with a somewhat halting launch of the state's online health-insurance marketplace. It's a relief to see the website open, but the private nonprofit that operates the exchange faces a heavy lift in regaining the confidence of the consumer &mdash; and the elected officials who authorized it.</p>
<p>The Connector and the other exchanges that went live Oct. 1 comprise a central element in the Affordable Care Act's reform package. The sites are meant to provide a more consumer-friendly platform, not unlike an airfare shopping portal or other online marketplace. The goal is to allow individuals and small businesses to more easily purchase insurance and claim any subsidies or tax credits for which they qualify.</p>
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The Hawaii Health Connector, after a distressing two weeks of delay, limped to the starting line on Tuesday with a somewhat halting launch of the state's online health-insurance marketplace. It's a relief to see the website open, but the private nonprofit that operates the exchange faces a heavy lift in regaining the confidence of the consumer — and the elected officials who authorized it.

The Connector and the other exchanges that went live Oct. 1 comprise a central element in the Affordable Care Act's reform package. The sites are meant to provide a more consumer-friendly platform, not unlike an airfare shopping portal or other online marketplace. The goal is to allow individuals and small businesses to more easily purchase insurance and claim any subsidies or tax credits for which they qualify. Login for more...



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