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Hawaii Health Connector submits blueprint application


The Hawaii Health Connector has announced it has submitted its “blueprint” application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ahead of the deadline, which has now been extended a month by the Obama administration.

As part of the regulations implementing the federal Affordable Care Act, HHS is required to complete their approval or conditional approval of state-based exchanges no later than Jan. 1, 2013, for operation in 2014.

“Hawaii was the first state to declare intent to have a state-based health insurance exchange, and now we are continuing to be a leader by submitting our blueprint ahead of schedule,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. “We are working proactively as a team to ensure that all Hawaii residents will have access to high-quality health care and insurance coverage in a seamless, efficient, and fair system.”

“This marks another significant milestone in the establishment of the health insurance exchange in Hawaii. Across the nation, states are racing to meet this deadline. We are all working under very strict timelines. For Hawaii to have successfully completed this blueprint ahead of schedule reflects a high degree of collaboration at all levels,” said Coral Andrews, executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector.

Additional information about the blueprint application process can be found at

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