RomneyCare’s pioneering health insurance exchange is headed for the scrap heap.

Bay State officials are taking steps this week to junk central parts of their dysfunctional health insurance exchange — the model for President Barack Obama’s health care law — and merge with the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov.

 

The decision is part of an expensive plan that would occur alongside a parallel, last-ditch attempt to still build a working state system.

 

 

Three sources with knowledge of the plan told POLITICO on Monday that the state is set to announce the hiring of hCentive, a Virginia-based contractor that helped construct the Kentucky and Colorado exchanges. The company would rush to build a viable state exchange in time for the next enrollment season, which begins Nov. 15.