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Hawaii Obamacare Enrolls ZERO People During Special Enrollment Period
The numbers are in: Hawaii’s Obamacare Exchange enrolled a grand total of ZERO — yes, zero people during its special enrollment period.
The Obama administration had implemented the special enrollment period from March 15 - April 30 to assist individuals who were unaware they would face a tax penalty for not having “qualifying” health insurance. In all, less than 250,000 individuals decided to enroll nationwide meaning that millions of Americans would rather pay the tax than enroll in Obamacare.
While Hawaii enrolled zero individuals and is the worst performing state, it is not alone. Vermont signed up only 97 households, while Rhode Island enrolled just 25 households.
Hawaii's success owes much to the state's trailblazing health system and its long history of near-universal health insurance.
Forty years ago, the state became the first to require employers to provide health benefits, codifying a tradition that grew out of Hawaii's agrarian past, when sugar and pineapple plantations employed doctors to care for their workers.
That system has led to some of the highest rates of coverage and best access to medical care in the country.
"There has always been a mentality here that if you are sick, you go to the doctor. It's just part of the culture," said Myra Williams, 64, who has lived in Hawaii for 35 years and was recently treated successfully for early-stage breast cancer.
Nearly 99% of the patients at the cancer center at Queen's have health coverage, a level unheard of at most urban medical centers on the mainland.
originally posted by: strongfp
a reply to: xuenchen
That's because the state was smart back in the 70's and mandated that employers need to give health care coverage to all full time employees. I doubt many people needed Obama care at all. But zero is strange, you sure it's the final numbers?
Cost to taxpayers per enroll: $23,899
originally posted by: Gothmog
a reply to: greencmp
Remember Obamacare was mandated to ALL states. There were no exceptions (of course Congress , several businesses , states that had a blue ranking , etc.) . I.e. They had no other choice but to implement it . Their exception though is they cant "force" anyone to accept it and sign up. There health care system is light years ahead of the other states and Obamacare. They almost have it right.
Mar 9, 2015
The Hawaii Health Connector enrolled 30,100 residents in health insurance coverage as of Monday — 3,100 more than its goal set for the fiscal year.
The state's online health insurance exchange had set a goal of 27,000 enrollments by June 30, and aims to enroll 97,000 to 112,000 people by 2024.
Over 13,356 residents were enrolled during the three-month enrollment period that ended mid-February, compared to about 5,000 to 6,000 enrollees the year prior, bringing total enrollment to 23,000 last month.
The Connector has also facilitated Medicaid enrollment for about 60,000 individuals to date, according to Hawaii Health Connector Jeff Kissel.