Please see the below announcement from the Micronesian Ad-Hoc Committee for Healthcare Enrollment and Support, regarding the need to enroll in a Healthcare coverage plan through the Hawai'i Health Connector for those who need health insurance (IMPORTANT: EVEN IF YOU HAVE ENROLLED IN A HEALTH PLAN FOR 2015, YOUR COVERAGE WILL EXPIRE UNLESS YOU RE-ENROLL FOR 2016. LACK OF COVERAGE MAY RESULT IN FINANCIAL PENALTIES AND PROHIBITIVE MEDICAL BILLS SHOULD YOU REQUIRE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE):
"There is some important news for our communities in Hawaii. Healthcare coverage plans for Micronesians who sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for commonly known as Obamacare.
All current health coverage plans under the insurance providers (Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) and Kaiser Permanente (KP)) through the Hawai'i Health Connector will be terminated on December 31, 2015. Open enrollment for healthcare coverage plans for 2016 will begin on November 1, 2015 and close January 31, 2016. Everyone who wants to continue receiving healthcare coverage under the Hawai'i Health Connector must enroll during this period. In order to ensure that our residents receive coverage before their current insurance is terminated on December 31, 2015, we need to enroll everyone on the program between November 1st and December 15th, a narrow window of 45 days.
If you miss this window, you can still obtain coverage if you enroll by January 31st, 2016, but coverage will not begin until well into the year -- as late as April 1st, 2016 for those who do not enroll by January 15th.
We have been working hard to prepare our Micronesian communities to get ready for November 1st. Currently, it is estimated that over 7,600 Micronesian residents in Hawaii are now signed up on the Hawaii Health Connecter. We need to work together to make sure that everyone is covered without falling into the enrollment gap.
We need your help. Please help us spread the word and inform members of our families, villages, island groups and churches. In the next few days we will release schedule for outreach and enrollment events.
Thank you very much."