- Exchanges: Hawaii established its exchange in July 2011. The Hawaii Health Connector is governed by a 15-member board and retains full authority over plan eligibility. Implementation efforts are ongoing. State officials submitted a letter to CCIIO on June 7 stating their intent to administer an exchange beginning on January 1, 2014. The Connector’s permanent Board of Directors was seated on July 1, 2012.
- Essential Health Benefits: The Hawaii Health Connector Board is currently developing essential health benefits (EHB) benchmarks. No related legislative initiatives have successfully passed either chamber of the legislature this year.
- Medicaid Expansion: Hawaii will be participating in the Medicaid expansion.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Hawaii currently has 98,971 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 45% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
NEWS OF NOTE
» Associated Press – Study: Health care law to increase costs in Hawaii
» Pacific Business News – Hawaii Health Insurance Exchange Members Take Their Posts
» Governor Statement on Affordable Care Act Ruling (press release)
» Honolulu Star Advertiser – Hawaii Takes Lead in Developing Health Insurance Exchange
» Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Hawaii Health Plans Tops in U.S. for Managing Medical-Service Dollars