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Posted: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 10:20 AM HST

State officials: 75K in Hawaii have no health care

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) State officials say the rate of people without health insurance in Hawaii has dropped below 6 percent since the implementation of President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul.

Officials told a joint House committee briefing on Monday that roughly 75,000 people in Hawaii don't have health care.

Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito says the rate is down from about 8 percent before the push to enroll people last year.

The new rates come as lawmakers discuss the state of Hawaii's troubled health insurance exchange, which can't financially sustain itself.

Interim Executive Director Tom Matsuda says the state is still figuring out how to operate on a much smaller budget.

Matsuda says as of July 12, nearly 44,000 people signed up for health insurance through the Hawaii Health Connector and Medicaid.

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