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Andrews resigns as HHC Executive Director

Coral Andrews, at microphone Coral Andrews, at microphone
Tom Matsuda, at right Tom Matsuda, at right
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Executive Director of the Hawaii Health Connector announced her resignation Friday morning.

"The Hawaii Health connector has been my baby," said Coral Andrews. "I now need to let go and let someone else take charge of the Connector."

Andrews is expected to work until Dec. 6.

Andrews said that it was her decision to step down, and that she wasn't forced to do so.  Affordable Care Act Implementation Manager Tom Matsuda will take over as Interim Executive Director on December 9.  He will not seek the full time position.

"I am not going to be throwing my name into the hat for the permanent position.  I made that very clear to the board when they asked me," he said.

Under Andrews, the Connector had several issues.   

The web site went online on Tuesday, October 15, more than two weeks after it was supposed to go live. It has since been criticized for being slow and difficult to use.

Last week, officials told Hawaii News Now that only 276 people had signed up for healthcare programs since the site because active. There are about 170,000 people in Hawaii who are eligible for the Affordable Care Act. 

On a Friday conference call, Andrews defended her term, and pointed to the future of the organization.

"I really think that there's an opportunity for a different leader, a different style of leadership".


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