The new head of the Hawaii Health Connector, the state’s health insurance exchange, has released a nearly 200-page report detailing the nonprofit’s plan to become sustainable.

Jeff Kissell, who was hired as executive director in October to turn the Connector around after a series of missteps, acknowledges the uncertainty surrounding enrollment and revenue.

Jeff Kissell, Executive Director of the Hawaii Health Connector speaks to lawmakers at hearing at the Capitol. 29 dec 2014. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Jeff Kissell, executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector, speaks to lawmakers, Dec. 29, 2014.

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But he maintains in the report that Hawaii’s economy stands to gain more than $500 million in federal tax benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Legislature passed a bill last year requiring the Connector to present a sustainability plan before the next session starts Jan. 21.

Kissell and staff appeared before a panel of state lawmakers last month, answering questions and making their case for additional Hawaii taxpayer support.

The Connector wants the state to give it a “capital investment” of $28 million over the next seven years, at which point it is expected to become self-sustaining.

Read the report below.

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