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$1.5M approved for health exchange

April 30, 2014
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers have approved $1.5 million in state funding to prop up its troubled health insurance exchange built under President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul.

The amount approved by House and Senate lawmakers Tuesday was well below the $4.7 million that Hawaii Health Connector officials asked for.

The exchange under the Affordable Care Act has been plagued with problems, including software issues that delayed open enrollment.

The exchange received more than $200 million in federal funds to open yet signed up only about 8,000 in its first six months.

Lawmakers spent significant time debating potential fixes during the legislative session.

 
 
 

 

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