Federal government to investigate Hawaii Health Connector, lawmaker says

The federal government will launch an investigation into Hawaii Health Connector, according to a Hawaii lawmaker.

State Sen. Sam Slom says the Government Accountability Office will look into how Hawaii Health Connector used $204 million of federal grant money and issues pertaining to security.

In addition to Hawaii, Slom says six other states will be investigated for their health insurance exchanges.

But according to a GAO spokesperson, the office has not yet determined which state exchanges will be closely examined.

“GAO will indeed be looking generally at state exchanges, but a list of which ones we will examine in more detail is still under development,” said GAO public affairs managing director Chuck Young.

The only state the GAO has confirmed it will investigate is Oregon.

Hawaii Health Connector says it has not been notified of the investigation, but will respond to any request from the federal government.

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