U.S. delays Obamacare enrollment for small businesses

U.S. delays Obamacare enrollment for small businesses

HEALTHCARE HEADACHES: The requirement for small businesses will be delayed. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a one-year delay in online health insurance enrollment for small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers that qualify for subsidized coverage under Obamacare.

The announcement, which comes nearly two months after the Oct. 1 rollout of the landmark healthcare law, said employers seeking coverage through the federal Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, marketplace would be able to enroll off-line through insurance companies, agents and brokers.

Up to now, SHOP enrollment has been available only through paper applications.

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