Business/In Brief • Dec. 25, 2014

Health site deadline extended

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Health Connector is allowing residents more time to sign up for health insurance coverage that would begin Jan. 1.

The original deadline to enroll for coverage that begins at the start of the new year was Dec. 15, but they’ve pushed the deadline back to noon on Dec. 31.

After that, people can still enroll in health plans through the state exchange until Feb. 15, but their coverage won’t begin until later.

Officials at the Hawaii exchange say they had enrolled more than 15,000 people by Dec. 15.

Executive Director Jeff Kissel says the organization has been emphasizing staff training and improving system performance and it’s showing positive results. He says giving customers extra time will help them to get the coverage they need.