Business / In Brief • May 10, 2013

$1.1M for Hawaii health centers

HONOLULU – Hawaii’s community health centers can receive about $1.1 million from the federal government to help uninsured residents enroll in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday that funds are being made available to help 14 health centers in Hawaii enroll uninsured individuals in the national health care insurance program.

The secretary said community health centers in the state provide care to 144,427 people and are well-positioned to support enrollment efforts. About $150 million is available for community health centers nationwide to help people sign up for the program.


Health exchange offers outreach cash

HONOLULU – Hawaii’s health insurance exchange is offering grants to help people learn about and sign up for plans offered under President Barack Obama’s new federal health care law.

Hawaii Health Connector officials said Thursday that the exchange is looking for marketplace assisters to give personal help on each island. They’ll help individuals and small-business owners with plan options, enrollment and learning about tax implications and costs.

Hawaii Health Connector spokeswoman Rose Hughes says the goal is to simplify the process for small-business owners, so they can provide insurance for employees and take advantage of tax credits.

The grants for organizations and individuals will be awarded for one year starting July 1. They’ll support up to 10 full-time jobs and up to 20 part-time jobs.