HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Pacific Islanders, including about 7,500 Micronesians, will automatically be enrolled March 1 in insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Micronesians and other Pacific Islanders in Hawaii will lose their Medicaid coverage on Feb. 28.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the 7,500 Micronesians are among the more able-bodied among nearly 14,000 citizens of Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia who are living in Hawaii. Medicaid or Medicare coverage will still be retained by people who are blind, pregnant, disabled or 65 years and older.
Jeff Kissel, director of the Hawaii Health Connector, says the goal is to see that nobody who needs insurance will have any gaps in coverage.
Kissel's office serves as Hawaii's official marketplace for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.