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GAO to investigate Hawaii Health Connector

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The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed it will investigate the Hawaii Health Connector’s use of $204 million of federal grant monies.

In response to Hawaii State Sen. Sam Slom’s letter (dated March 27, 2014), David Lewis of the GAO, confirmed the GAO will include Hawaii in its investigations into the use of federal grant monies to state exchanges.

Hawaii will now join six other states being investigated for their health insurance exchanges.

Lewis confirmed the GAO will investigate whether the Hawaii Health Connector followed procedures relating to the use of federal funds as well as issues pertaining to security.

At 1 p.m. April 17, Lewis indicated to Slom that is not common for the GAO to respond to issues presented to them by state representatives.

Slom said, “The fact that the GAO does not usually take up issues referred to them by state representatives reflects the serious nature of the issues surrounding the Hawaii’s Health Connector, and its failure to act in a transparent manner.”

Slom said taxpayers and legislators should be outraged by the Connector’s lack of planning and money management.

“This is not a partisan issue,” he said. “This is an economic issue.”

Request for HI GAO Investigation

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