Hawaii Health Connector officials work to avoid closure in face of budget shortfall – Pacific Business News

May 10, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Health & Wellness,News

Hawaii Health Connector officials say they are working on a plan to secure additional funding to avoid shutting down and transferring its functions to the state after the Legislature approved just a fraction of the funding the state’s online health insurance marketplace needs to remain in business.

“We are now working with our state partners and with the federal government to see how we can close the funding gap,” Hawaii Health Connector Executive Director Jeff Kissel said at a board of directors meeting Friday.

“We’re pleased that our enrollment is running a little bit ahead of what we had predicted, but it’s unlikely to generate sufficient revenue even with the increased issue we’re faced with.”

State lawmakers on Tuesday approved a $2 million appropriation to fund the Hawaii Health Connector, which was 80 percent less than the $10 million that officials had initially requested.

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