Hawaii's switch to federal exchange likely to cost at least $2M

After financial struggles forced Hawaii to shutter its health insurance exchange as of Sept. 30, the state has moved forward with plans to switch to the federal exchange--but it won't come cheap. The transition will likely cost between $2 million and $2.5 million, with funds supplied by the federal government, state officials told Pacific Business News. Much of the funds will go toward the effort to integrate Hawaii's Medicaid enrollment program with Healthcare.gov, as the prior system failed to integrate the state's system with the federal one, Laurel Johnston, Democratic Gov. David Ige's deputy chief of staff, told the publication. The state's exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, also is waiting on an answer from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about whether it will receive another $2.7 million in funds to reimburse two IT vendors. Article

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