Lawmakers to hold hearings on state’s health insurance exchange

This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for as photographed in Washington. If you’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy., the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer websites. That’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures website performance. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Hawaii lawmakers is scheduled to hold last-minute hearings on the state’s troubled health insurance exchange on Monday.

The senate Ways and Means Committee will weigh whether to allow for up to $15 million in support for the Hawaii Health Connector.

The state would get the money from fees on insurers or general fund appropriations.

Friday is the deadline for bills to make it through the committee.

Meanhwhile, Interium director Tom Matsuda will head to Capitol Hill this week to testify before Congress about the problems faced by the marketplace.

Hawaii is one of 10 states on the hot seat for its troubled health exchange.

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