Hawaii lawmakers have amended a bill establishing the state’s first health insurance exchange to exclude the Hawaii Medical Service Association, Kaiser Permanente and Hawaii Dental Service from the 11-member board.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce amended Senate Bill 2434 after hearing testimony from consumer advocates who said including the state’s largest health insurers from the exchange, known as the Hawaii Health Connector, would be a conflict of interest.
The newspaper reports that the bill would also exclude the Hawaii Primary Care Association and the Maui Medical Group Maui Medical Group, and that Harris Nakamoto, who represented the Ohana Health Plan, withdrew from consideration after accepting a job with Kaiser, which means Gov. Neil Abercrombie must replace six appointees.
The newspaper reports the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a confirmation hearing on Friday for Abercrombie’s nominees.