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AARP Hawaii Supports a Proposal that Would Prevent Insurers from Becoming Voting Members on the Hawaii Health Connector Board


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THE STATE-HOUSE AND -SENATE ARE HEADED FOR A CONFERENCE-SHOWDOWN THIS WEEK [THE WEEK OF APRIL 23RD], OVER "SENATE BILL 2434".  A-A-R-P HAWAII AND OTHER CONSUMER-GROUPS SUPPORT THE HOUSE-POSITION--WHICH WOULD PREVENT MEMBERS OF A BOARD THAT HAS THE POWER TO MAKE RULES DETERMINING WHO CAN OR CANNOT SELL HEALTH-INSURANCE TO ABOUT 100-THOUSAND UNINSURED-RESIDENTS FROM DOING BUSINESS OUTSIDE OF HAWAII'S "SUNSHINE LAW".  STUART HO IS A-A-R-P HAWAII'S STATE-PRESIDENT...

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WE HAVE SERIOUS CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST CONCERNS ABOUT INCLUDING INSURERS AS VOTING-MEMBERS ON THE 'HAWAII HEALTH CONNECTOR BOARD'.  LOCAL INSURANCE-COMPANIES MAY HAVE VALUABLE ADVICE ON MAKING RULES FOR AN INSURANCE-MARKET.  BUT, THIS ONE IS VALUED AT 300-MILLION DOLLARS.  WE BELIEVE [THAT] IT'S A CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST FOR THESE SAME INSURERS TO BE MAKING THE RULES--AND ALSO BE BIDDERS--FOR THIS HUGE MARKET."

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A-A-R-P HAWAII IS URGING RESIDENTS TO CONTACT THEIR STATE-SENATORS--AND TELL THEM TO PROTECT HAWAII-CONSUMERS, BY SUPPORTING "HOUSE DRAFT THREE" OF "SENATE BILL 2434".



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