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Ige administration plans changes for health exchange

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. David Ige's administration says Hawaii's health insurance exchange will have to make changes to comply with federal Affordable Care Act.

Deputy Chief of Staff Laurel Johnston said Wednesday the administration's plan calls for using the federal government's information technology to run the Hawaii Health Connector's troubled insurance exchange.

The connector would keep existing customer support workers and navigators who help people find the right insurance plan.

The changes will cost money, but Johnston says the state will negotiate with the federal government for the release of Affordable Care Act funds to pay for the reforms.

She says the federal government still hasn't released $70 million set aside for Hawaii to implement the health care overhaul.

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