Hawaii Health Connector rushing to sign people up


HONOLULU — The push is on at Hawaii’s health exchange to enroll as many people as possible in health insurance on the day of a key deadline under President Barack Obama’s overhaul law.

The Hawaii Health Connector’s customer support center was open until midnight over the weekend and is expected to stay open late again Monday night.

The deadline to apply for a health plan is midnight Tuesday morning. Special helpers are available on every island to walk people through the enrollment process.

Connector officials say anyone who previously had problems using the website should try again. They say the website’s performance is improving.

Meanwhile, Hawaii lawmakers are weighing options to provide financial support to the exchange. Among the options is a fee on insurers who are not participating in the exchange.