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Hawaii Health Connector enrollments near transition

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Health Connector enrollments are shifting to the federal healthcare.gov site in a week.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Hawaii Health Connector Executive Director Jeff Kissel says the state should never have had to build its own exchange, and would have saved $300 million in taxpayer dollars by using the federal program to enroll residents.

It'll cost the state another $5 million to archive data and decommission the system.

The state decided to create its own exchange over concerns the federal site would conflict with Hawaii's 1974 Prepaid Health Care Act, which provides medical coverage for employees who work 20 hours per week or more. The act is credited with the state's low rate of uninsured individuals.

The Connector's expensive, glitch-prone system debuted two weeks late in 2013.

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