Your Thanksgiving News Dump: Administration Delays Small Business Health Marketplace

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Brian Resnick
Nov. 27, 2013, 8:33 a.m.

While mil­lions of Amer­ic­ans are stuck in traffic and long lines at the air­port or spa­cing out through the last day of work be­fore a va­ca­tion, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­leased an up­date on its much em­battled health care law.

As Politico and The Wash­ing­ton Post re­port, the ad­min­is­tra­tion will delay the on­line mar­ket­place for small busi­nesses to pur­chase in­sur­ance un­til Novem­ber 2014. The small busi­nesses had been sub­mit­ting pa­per ap­plic­a­tions since the be­gin­ning of the law’s im­ple­ment­a­tion in Oc­to­ber, and can con­tin­ue to do so, but an on­line ex­change will not ma­ter­i­al­ize un­til next year. 

As re­layed by The Post, the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices ex­plains:

We’ve con­cluded that we can best serve small em­ploy­ers by con­tinu­ing this off­line pro­cess while we con­cen­trate on both cre­at­ing a smoothly func­tion­ing on­line ex­per­i­ence in the SHOP Mar­ket­place, and adding key new fea­tures, in­clud­ing an em­ploy­ee choice op­tion and premi­um ag­greg­a­tion ser­vices, by Novem­ber 2014.

Which raises a good point: What’s easi­er right now for a busi­ness, ap­ply­ing via pa­per or us­ing a rushed web­site mar­ket­place riddled with prob­lems?

HHS has pos­ted a blog post ex­plain­ing how small busi­nesses should pro­ceed with the news.