34 Hawaii groups win grants to sell health care

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's health insurance marketplace has awarded grants to 34 community organizations to help uninsured people learn about insurance options under President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

The grants announced Monday will go to groups on all the islands, including the Lanai Community Health Center, the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and the Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation.

The funds will be used to hire assisters to directly talk with people about coverage options.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the grants are part of a statewide, community-based approach to informing and assisting residents with their health care.

Executive Director Coral Andrews of the Hawaii Health Connector says the assisters will help simplify what can be a confusing, difficult process.

The assisters are part of a nationwide pitch to uninsured people.

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