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Hawaii Health Connector hires community outreach team


Rose A. Hughes has been named director of communications for the Hawaii Health Connector. Also joining Hawaii’s health insurance exchange are Me’ja Kaniho as community outreach manager and Kanoelehua K.L. Renaud as consumer relations manager.

“One of the most important jobs of the Connector is to help the residents of Hawaii to understand what the health insurance exchange is, what its benefits are, and how to use it when we go live in 2014,” said Coral Andrews, executive director for the Connector.

“This outreach team will get out helpful, accurate information about the Connector to all of Hawaii’s residents,” she said. “They have track record for listening to communities statewide, and we are focused on giving the people a voice in Hawaii’s health insurance exchange.”

Hughes oversees all aspects of communication for the Connector. She has experience in telecommunications, organizational communication and project management.

After nearly a decade at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) in Washington, D.C. she is looking forward to continuing her commitment to diversity and multi-cultural communication.

She is dedicated to thorough outreach and dialogue with consumers and small business owners statewide.

Kaniho specializes in advocacy for at-risk populations. She brings diverse expertise in community outreach and education.

Her experience in teaching and evidence-based research is vital for creating a multi-faceted communication plan supporting the unique needs of our residents and small businesses.

Prior to the Connector, she worked as the senior clinical specialist for a private non-profit agency that focused on educating and empowering at-risk youth.

Renaud has a strong background working with Native Hawaiian communities statewide. She specializes in program implementation, consumer relationship management and collaborative communication development.

Before the Connector, she worked with the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), as a program director.

She has also worked with the East-West Center, the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Native Hawaiian Education Council.

The Hawaii Health Connector is the online health insurance exchange for Hawaii. The Connector was established as a non-profit organization in 2011 by the state legislature through Act 205, in order to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

The Connector’s aim is an online marketplace that is Hawaii-for-Hawaii, one that takes into account the State’s unique culture and works with the Prepaid Health Care Act (PPHCA), an employer mandate for health insurance coverage in effect since 1974.

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