Letting sick residents of Hawaii buy individual health coverage for the same price as healthy people might help them but would add about 50 percent to the average cost of coverage.

Consultants at Oliver Wyman, a unit of the Marsh & McLennan Cos., offered that estimate in a report on the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Insurance Division, an agency in a state that supports PPACA and is setting up a state-based public exchange, commissioned the report.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.