Another Obamacare delay
By: Jason Millman and Jennifer Haberkorn
September 26, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
The Obama administration is delaying another piece of Obamacare – this time postponing online enrollment in some of the small-business exchanges scheduled to open Oct. 1, sources tell POLITICO.
Small businesses looking to enroll in coverage on so-called SHOP exchanges run by the federal government will be able to submit a paper application on Oct. 1 – they just won’t be able to enroll online.
The delay is expected to further stoke Republican-led concerns that the law is not ready and should be stopped before 2014.
The SHOP applications represent the latest glitch in the federal exchange infrastructure. Federal health officials recently said they won’t be able to transfer Medicaid applications to states right away, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.
Sources said there’s been very little information about how applications will be transmitted from federal-run SHOPs to insurers selling the health plans.