Hawaii’s State-Run Exchange Has Yet to Launch. Maybe To-Maui?

by Greg Pollowitz

Hawaii, President Barack Obama’s birthplace, has the only online health insurance marketplace that has not yet launched.

Ten days after the Hawaii Health Connector was supposed to allow consumers and small employers to shop and enroll for coverage, officials are using paper applications and referring people to insurers’ websites to check prices.  About 100,000 people are uninsured in Hawaii.

It is the only one of the 14 state-run marketplaces, also called exchanges, that has no major functions online.  Oregon’s marketplace does not yet allow online enrollment, but consumers can shop for health plans on its website.

“The Hawai’i Health Connector apologizes for any inconvenience the delay in plan presentation has caused consumers who want to shop for health insurance in the online marketplace,” Executive Director Coral Andrews told a state legislative committee on Wednesday.

Andrews said the exchange was working through technical issues. She said she hopes the website will be fully functional by Oct 15. . .