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Hawaii Health Connector continues to advance

Published: March 05, 2013

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When the Hawaii Health Connector (the Connector) was approved by the state legislature in 2011, Hawaii became one of the first states to declare its intent to establish a state-based insurance exchange to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now, with its mission in full swing, Hawaii’s first priority is to create a “one-stop shop” marketplace where consumers and businesses can efficiently and carefully consider health insurance options available to them.
 
The build out of the Connector will be handled by CGI, who won a $53 million contract in December 2012. KPMG has been sub-contracted to provide testing services; Exeter/Oracle to provide its existing insurance exchange software solution; eWorld in Honolulu for local IT resources; and Solutions West for training services. Hawaii also plans to establish an integrated eligibility system with the Hawaii Department of Human Services, which will determine eligibility for all insurance affordability programs. It will serve as the precursor to shopping and purchasing health insurance through the insurance exchange, and Public Consulting Group will be providing project management services.
 
Hawaii is currently deciding how to go about implementing its Small Business Health Options (SHOP) exchange, and will be determining the business size allowed to use SHOP and potential services that the state could consume.
 
Be sure to check out Deltek’s newly released “State Health Insurance Exchange Market” report. The report provides a detailed look into states’ quest to implement the insurance exchange models by the fast-approaching 2014 deadline.