Hawaii Health Connector begins layoffs

June 15, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News

Twenty-nine temporary staff for theHawaii Health Connector have received lay-off notices as the exchange winds down operations to move enrollment processes from the state-run online health insurance exchange to the federal government’s online platform.


The temporary staff, some of whom worked in outreach, were notified Friday, and their positions will be eliminated within the next two to three weeks, Hawaii Health Connector Executive Director Jeff Kissel said.

The health insurance exchange holds contracts with staff of approximately 36 marketplace assister organizations, 23 of which have grants that expire June 30.

These organizations will be conducting layoffs independent of the Connector’s staff, Kissel said.

Any future federal funding for assister organizations will awarded through the state once the transition completes.

“The state is going to be responsible for all of the outreach and servicing of health care.gov, and they have resources inside the state,” he said.

“We are in cooperation with the state, and we’re slimming down as part of the transition.”

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