Hawaii Health Connector, an agency designed to improve access to affordable health care coverage, will hold an introductory meeting Nov. 7, 11 a.m., at the Molokai Community Health Center dining room.
Governor Neil Abercrombie established the Hawaii Health Connector through Act 205 in July of 2011 in accordance with the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Hawaii was the first state to issue its declaration letter of intent to be a State-based Exchange. In doing so, they are setting a precedent to be a leader for other states to follow.
The Hawaii Health Connector is a private non-profit quasi-governmental agency that will provide an easy to navigate web portal for consumers and small businesses to receive health insurance. Through the web portal, consumers will be able to determine eligibility for Medicaid services, determine if they qualify for federal tax subsidies and compare and purchase health plans; all of which will bring transparency and competition to the marketplace. Open enrollment will begin in October of 2013 and go live on January 1, 2014.
Part of their community outreach focuses on rural areas and smaller populations that may not, in other instances, be provided an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the benefits Hawaii will receive through ACA.
The Molokai Community Health Center is located at 30 Oki Place in Kaunakakai. The meeting will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Molokai Chamber of Commerce is helping organize this meeting and would like to know how many people will be attending. Email Chamber President Robert Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.