HealthCare.gov's Insurance Marketplace for Small Businesses Off to a Slow Start

The part of HealthCare.gov intended for small businesses opened with reports of only modest technical flaws-but with doubts that it will soon benefit the millions of workers at little companies with inadequate health insurance or none at all.

A year after the Obama administration temporarily shelved an unfinished part of HealthCare.gov intended for small businesses, it has opened with reports of only modest technical flaws—but with doubts that it will soon benefit the millions of workers at little companies with inadequate health insurance or none at all.

During the first week, that part of HealthCare.gov drew 200,000 visits, compared with more than 1.5 million people who looked at the Web site’s health plans for individuals, according to CMS, the branch of HHS overseeing the ­online insurance marketplaces. CMS officials would not provide figures on how many small businesses in that first week decided to offer workers coverage through the health plans created for them—or how many workers, in turn, have bought it.

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Source: The Washington Post