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Hawaii lawmakers weigh different models for health exchange

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering whether it makes sense to get out of some requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act.

States like Hawaii that run their own health insurance exchange can apply for a so-called innovation waiver if they meet certain criteria.

One idea that's been floated is for Hawaii to drop the employer side of its exchange. Hawaii already has a strong law requiring employers to subsidize health insurance for many workers.

A task force is considering alternatives like letting the federal government run the state's troubled exchange. But many experts say allowing the federal government to take over could jeopardize Hawaii's strong state law.

House lawmakers discussed the bill about the task force Friday. More than a dozen state officials and business executives are on the task force.

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