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Small business enrollment for Obamacare delayed

McClatchy NewspapersSeptember 27, 2013 

The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

— In the latest setback for the rollout of Obamacare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that small businesses in 36 states can’t enroll their workers into health coverage through the new federally run insurance marketplaces until at least Nov. 1 – one month later than previously announced.

The delay appears to be the result of computer and information technology problems in the Small Business Health Option Program, known as SHOP, an online insurance marketplace specifically for small employers.

Employers still will be able to compare coverage options and begin the application process on Oct. 1, but they won’t be able to sign up workers for coverage until November.

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