Hawaii Health Connector urges everyone to get covered

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Hawai‘i Health Connector’s ‘Weekend of Action’ Urges Uninsured to Get Covered
For Immediate Release                                                               February 20, 214
HONOLULU, HI – The Hawai‘i Health Connector, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, is promoting a “Weekend of Action” for enrollment this upcoming weekend (February 21-23). Enrollment and outreach efforts will be happening statewide, with Kokua on hand to help residents with the enrollment process.
“We’re encouraged by the steady increase in enrollment since we launched our #EnrollHI outreach efforts. We’re urging everyone across our Islands to take action; attend one of these informative events and start the enrollment process with one of our community partners. The open enrollment period ends March 31, so now is the time to act if you don’t have coverage,” Tom Matsuda, interim executive director of the Hawai‘i Health Connector, said.
Below are several events this weekend. For a complete listing of Weekend of Action Connector events visit: HawaiiHealthConnector.com/Weekend-of-Action.
Friday, February 21st
• Molokai: Friendly Market Center in Kaunakakai, 9 am – noon
Saturday, February 22nd
• Oahu: Leeward Community College Small Business Fair, 8:30 am-1:30 pm
• Maui: Kihei Youth Center, 9 am – 2 pm
• Kauai: Hanalei Farmers Market, 9 am – noon
• Big Island: Honokaa Farmers Market, 9 am – noon
“We’ve also invested significant time and resources to reach out and educate younger adults about the value of health insurance coverage because many may feel coverage is not necessary or an added expense and not realize that a health plan is designed to help cover costs for unexpected medical expenses such as a biking or surfing accident,” Matsuda said.
To reach younger enrollees, the Connector will be holding an enrollment event at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus on Wednesday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Campus Center as part of our Young Invincibles Enrollment Week. This enrollment event is geared toward college students, particularly those who are no longer covered under their parent’s health plan. The Affordable Care Act allows individuals up to age 26 to be covered under their parent’s plan. Those older than 26 years old need to obtain coverage through their employer or through the insurance marketplace.
The #EnrollHI hashtag can be used online to track the enrollment drive, and share messages of what it means to get health care coverage with friends and family. Additionally, consumers can call the Connector’s Customer Support Center at 1-877-628-5076 (TTY/TDD: 1-855-585-8604).
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About the Hawai‘i Health Connector
The Hawai‘i Health Connector is the online health insurance marketplace for Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i State Legislature established the Connector in 2011 through Act 205 to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. The Connector’s works in conjunction with the Prepaid Health Care Act, an employer mandate for health insurance coverage in effect since 1974. For more information, visit www.HawaiiHealthConnector.com.
Media Contacts:
Bobby Lambrix                                                       Nathan Hokama
blambrix@mvnp.com                        nhokama@scsolutions-hi.com    
(808) 529-6239                                                          (808) 226-7470
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