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Aloha State Panel To See Single-Payer Study

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The Hawaii Health Care Task Force is about to review a report on what might happen if the state replaced the private health insurance system.

The task force plans to meet 4 p.m. April 4 in Honolulu.

Consultants from the Lewin Group, Falls Church, Va., will present an analysis of the effects that setting up a “single-payer” system might have on Hawaii and its residents.

In February, Jeffrey Schmidt, the state insurance commissioner, talked about ways to reduce the number of uninsured residents by allowing for age-adjusted and gender-adjusted rates, encouraging the sale of health savings account-compatible policies, and allowing insurers to exclude some benefits, such as benefits for routine maternity care, from policies.

More information about the meeting and a link to the Lewin Group single-payer plan report are on the Web at Document Link