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Posted: Friday, May 2nd, 2014 10:47 AM HST

Most Hawaii exchange enrollees don't use aid

By 67AM KPUA News

HONOLULU (AP) Federal enrollment numbers for Hawaii's insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul show most people who bought plans in the state did so without financial assistance.

Data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday shows 62 percent of the nearly 8,600 people who bought plans didn't have aid. That leaves 38 percent who got help buying a plan.

The total signups over six months of open enrollment fell just short of the federal agency's projection of 9,000 enrollees for Hawaii.

Hawaii Health Connector officials didn't publicly specify a target number of enrollees, saying they were hoping to reach everyone who was uninsured and eligible for a plan.

Nearly 30 percent of people who bought plans were between ages 55 and 64.

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