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Issues in Health Reform

Category: small business exchange

Delaying the full implementation of the Small Business Marketplaces

Part of the new choices in the world of Obamacare are going to be marketplaces (SHoPs) where small businesses  can choose health plans to offer their employees.  Larger purchasing pools are expected to make the costs of offering insurance to employees of those businesses much more affordable.

Unfortunately there is going to be delay in when those SHoPs get launched.  The federal government has been mightily distracted by the unexpected task of having to set up marketplaces in over half of the states, Kansas being one of them, where Governors have decided to let the feds negotiate with state health insurance plans.

This article in the Washington Post details the specifics of what and when to expect that small business marketplace to get up and running.