Hawaii Health Connector receives $62M grant

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's health insurance exchange has received a nearly $62-million federal grant.

The funds come from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Hawaii was the first state in the nation to declare its intent to set up a state-certified health insurance exchange to help carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Millions of uninsured Americans will be able to buy private coverage through these online supermarkets starting in 2014. The Hawaii Health Connector says statewide community outreach is under way to share information about the launch of the Hawaii's health insurance exchange.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the grant is an important part of implementing the Affordable Care Act.

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