HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government is approving technical designs for a new online health insurance marketplace Hawaii is setting up under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services both approved the plans on Monday.
The online marketplace is called Hawaii Health Connector.
It’s designed to provide insurance to middle-class households who currently can’t get their own. Individuals and small businesses may use the exchange to select a private health plan.
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Hawaii Health Connector will start signing up customers on Oct. 1 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.