Key committee approves $1.5M for Hawaii exchange

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A key committee in the Hawaii Legislature has approved a proposal to give $1.5 million to the state's troubled health exchange.

The funding amount was well below the $4.7 million that officials from the Hawaii Health Connector had recently asked for.

Sen. Committee Chairwoman Rosalyn Baker says the funding level was not what she was hoping for. But she says the state has a lot of programs and organizations to fund.

Tom Matsuda who leads the Hawaii Health Connector says the exchange will survive. He says the Connector has to do some planning over the next few months.

The $1.5 million still has to be approved by the full House and Senate. It would help the Connector fund its operations for six months starting next January.

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