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Hawaii Federal Affordable Insurance Funding

The state insurance division will receive $14.4 million to create an affordable insurance exchange.
December 09, 2011

Hawaii Federal Affordable Insurance Funding

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By Mark Harbison

Hawaii is receiving funding from the federal government for an affordable health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. We are one of thirteen states scheduled to be granted funds for this purpose, and will receive $14.4 million.

What is an affordable health insurance "exchange?" It will basically serve as a marketplace where consumers can choose private health insurance plans.

The money will be going to the Insurance Division within the state's Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. They will create the Hawaii Health Connector, which will be a web-based clearinghouse for federally qualified health and dental plans for individuals and small businesses. Hopefully with all that funding, they can make their website user-friendly, a factor that so many government websites seem to neglect.

The money that Hawaii is getting is just one slice of the $220 million allocated for all thirteen of the states being awarded the funds. According to the Health and Human Services Secretary, the federal government plans to give states flexibility in how they implement these changes. Every state is different, and each may need their efforts tailored for their specific needs. The bottom line is that an exchange needs to make it easy to compare and shop for insurance plans.


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Blogs for December 2011

Closed Wailea Resort Becomes Unique New Hotel

Posted on December 30, 2011
Closed Wailea Resort Becomes Unique New Hotel

By Mark Harbison

If you're a resident of South Maui and frequent the beaches of Wailea, you may have noticed some construction underway on the grounds of the hotel formerly known as the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort. The Renaissance was the first hotel opened in… Continue Reading

Holiday Brunch at the Grand Wailea

Posted on December 23, 2011
Holiday Brunch at the Grand Wailea

By Mark Harbison

There are so many wonderful things about owning a South Maui home during the holiday season, and one of them is your proximity to luxurious retreats that others have to fly thousands of miles to reach. Sometimes it's nice to hang up the… Continue Reading

Maui County Alternative Energy Easier to Integrate

Posted on December 16, 2011
Maui County Alternative Energy Easier to Integrate

By Mark Harbison

Efforts toward reducing energy use and developing renewable energy sources are galloping along on Maui, and now, the Public Utilities Commission has made it easier for alternative energy providers to connect to the public utility grid throughout Hawaii.

Being relatively small, isolated land… Continue Reading

Hawaii Federal Affordable Insurance Funding

Posted on December 09, 2011
Hawaii Federal Affordable Insurance Funding

By Mark Harbison

Hawaii is receiving funding from the federal government for an affordable health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. We are one of thirteen states scheduled to be granted funds for this purpose, and will receive $14.4 million.

What is an affordable health insurance "exchange?"… Continue Reading

South Maui Recycling Program Trial

Posted on December 02, 2011
South Maui Recycling Program Trial

By Mark Harbison

The county is currently in the process of working out a new recycling program. They are hoping to test it in 2,000 South Maui homes, centered primarily in the Maui Meadows community.

Maui already has the recycling centers, and now the Arakawa administration is working… Continue Reading

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