House to introduce bills to fix health exchange

HONOLULU (AP) - Leaders of two key committees in the Hawaii House say they plan to introduce a package of bills to help fix the state's troubled health care exchange.

The online insurance marketplace under President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul has had numerous problems, including a late start to open enrollment and few signups.

The Hawaii Health Connector is funded with about $200 million in federal grants and is required to be self-sufficient by 2015. But lawmakers have expressed worry that the exchange won't be able to support itself.

Democratic Reps. Della Au Belatti and Angus McKelvey say their bills will ensure the exchange's financial stability while improving transparency and reliability.

The exchange has its own board and operates separately from state agencies, but reports to the Legislature.

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