Hawaii is preparing to shut down its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act public exchange enrollment and administrative systems and transfer responsibility for operations to the U.S. Department of Health and Health Human Services.

The board of the state-based Hawai'i Health Connector exchange approved a shutdown plan Friday, and officials in the office of Gov. David Ige said it will be working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to get the state into the HHS HealthCare.gov exchange network in time for the 2016 open enrollment period.

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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.