Hawaii’s Health Insurance Exchange
The Hawai‘i Health Connector (The Connector) is a nonprofit entity created by the State Legislature. While not a State operation, the State and The Connector are working cooperatively to ensure the new market place is easy to understand, navigate and purchase health insurance.
The Connector will be a one-stop insurance marketplace where individuals and small businesses may choose from an array of private and national health coverage plans. Customer service will be provided on-line, or with the assistance of community navigators.
A key component of the federal health care overhaul, The Connector was established through State law by Act 205 in July of 2011. Hawai’i has received $77.2 million in federal grants for research, planning, information technology development and implementation of its affordable health insurance exchange.
The Connector will benefit small businesses and individuals who pay the highest premiums, people who are priced out of health insurance, and those who need help navigating health insurance purchases. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013. At that time consumers will have access to a single online application that will facilitate eligibility determination for Medicaid services and/or tax subsidies.
Effective January 1, 2014, consumers visiting The Connector also will be able to compare and purchase health plan options for all State- and federally-qualified health plans.