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State payments for health coverage behind schedule

February 18, 2010
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - Department of Human Services Director Lillian Koller said state payments for health coverage for low-income residents will be delayed in May and June, and possibly April.

The state pays a total of about $90 million a month to five insurance plans that provide the coverage.

Koller said not enough money was appropriated, primarily because of increased enrollment.

Med-QUEST Administrator Dr. Kenneth Fink said enrollment in the health plans has been increasing about 13 percent per year. About 240,000 islanders are now covered.

Koller said the same thing happened last year with May and June payments to insurers deferred until July when the new fiscal year began.



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