The rollout of Hawaii's health exchange was delayed and plagued with technical problems. The Connector was awarded more than $200 million in federal funds. It has used about $100 million. It signed up 9,217 individuals, plus 628 employees and dependents. To date, the Connector has raised only $40,350 in user fees, according to Nathan Hokama, the exchange's spokesman.
Sherry Menor-McNamara, chairwoman of the Hawaii Health Connector, said lawmakers and exchange officials have been talking about making the exchange more responsive and efficient.
The exchange has to make deep cuts and renegotiate contracts to survive, Tom Matsuda, interim director of the Hawaii Health Connector, has said. Lawmakers sent a bill approving $1.5 million in state support — far less than what the exchange asked for — to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Gold said trying to sustain the exchange is the wrong approach because it would cost the public too much, either through fees on insurance companies or taxes.
"The real question is how do you, in a sense, get out from under the Connector, and use the assets that Hawaii has already to get to the aims of the Affordable Care Act?" Gold said.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Obamacare Fail: Hawaii's health exchange spent $100 million to sign up 10,000 individuals...
That divides out to $10,000 a person. That's crazy.