What’s Next for the Hawaii Health Connector?

Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Hawaii lawmakers are worried about the sustainability and accountability of the Hawaii Health Connector, the state's quasi-government nonprofit agency that's in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act.

Legislators questioned health officials during an informational briefing at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Like elsewhere in the country, the beleaguered agency has struggled to implement the new national health care law which is better known as "Obamacare."

The nonprofit's executive director, Tom Matsuda, has been on the job for less than a week. The agency’s initial executive director Coral Andrews resigned on Dec. 6 amidst criticism of her management.

In addition, just a few hundred people have enrolled through the Hawaii Health Connector since the website launched on Oct. 15, despite nearly 100,000 residents being uninsured.

But Hawaii officials said Wednesday that despite some problems, Hawaii isn’t doing too poorly compared with the rest of the nation.

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