Small business online health market delayed a year

The Obama administration has announced that the online The Obama administration has announced that the online health insurance marketplace for small businesses is being put off until November 2014 to make sure the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed first. (Nov. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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CHICAGO - The Obama administration has announced that the online health insurance marketplace for small businesses is being put off until November 2014 to make sure the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed first.

According to an internal administration document obtained by The Associated Press, 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.

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