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Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down

The Hawaii Health Connector will shut down operations on Sept. 30. The exchange site will cease new enrollment this week, discontinue its outreach programs at the end of May and transfer its technology assets to the state by Sept. 30.

State exchanges still plagued by financial challenges

Around the country, states that opted to run their own insurance exchanges continue to face significant challenges. Funding problems in particular plague small states, which generate less from taxes that can be used to operate the exchanges.

Troubled state insurance exchanges face lawmakers' scrutiny

While the second year of open enrollment on state health insurance exchanges has gone smoothly, three states exchange continue to face questions about their long-term viability.

Hawaii hospitals agree on one HIE

Hawaii hospitals have agreed to share patient data in the online Health eNet system.

CMS rejects Medicaid hospital coverage cap

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has rejected a plan for Hawaii to cap its hospital stays at 10 days for Medicaid patients, reported Kaiser Health News. Had the CMS approved the plan,

States' pockets empty as Medicaid stimulus winds down

The 2009 stimulus package provided an additional $100 billion in Medicaid payments over the past three years, but those payments ended on July 1, and some states were hit far harder than others,

HHS awards $220M to 15 EHR 'beacon communities'

Vice President Joe Biden joined with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday to announce the 15 "beacon communities" that will receive a total of $220 million in federal funding to serve as national

Kaiser deploys digital mobile clinic to Hawaii

We're trying to avoid the myriad "mobile healthcare" stories involving clinics in vans since this newsletter is part of the FierceHealthIT family, but here's one with a clear IT focus: Kaiser