CHICAGO (November 27, 2013) The Obama administration is delaying the rollout of an online health insurance marketplace for small businesses until November 2014 to make sure the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed first, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
According to an internal administration document that AP obtained, employers who want to buy marketplace plans for their workers now will need to go through an agent, broker or insurance company.
The administration says the plan will allow small businesses to buy coverage, without slowing technical repairs to the hobbled federal site.
The marketplace was supposed to provide small businesses a new way to shop for coverage.
The delay is the latest in a stream of missed deadlines, including a postponement for a Spanish sign-up tool announced this week.