HMSA Requesting Nearly 13-Percent Increase On Health Insurance

(Honolulu, HI) -- Small business workers could soon be paying more for health insurance in Hawaii. The "Star Advertiser" reports the Hawaii Medical Service Association is proposing a nearly 13-percent rate increase for most of the small business workers they cover. HMSA says the rate hike proposal was prompted from higher medical costs associated with the Affordable Care Act. If the state approves the proposed hike the health plans of nearly 80-thousand small workers would be affected.