Yet another delay has been announced by the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency informed insurance companies this week that there will be a delay in signing the final agreements between the government and insurance providers with plans that will be sold on federal health insurance exchanges.
The agreements will supposedly be signed around the middle of September, instead of between September 5 and 9. The department did not give a clear-cut reason for the delay this time, but alluded to wanting flexibility in working with the insurance companies.
HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said “We remain on track to open the marketplace on time on October 1."
Some officials are saying that even a small delay in implementing the Oct. 1 start of the six month enrollment period could have adverse effects. This weeks delay is but one of a series of delays that have been cropping up.
In June, the Obama administration announced it was delaying the employer mandate. This mandate is a major provision of the law that requires companies with over 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance or pay a penalty, for one year.
As it stands now, senior Republicans in the Senate and House have sent letters to the White House, asking the President to make available to the public all the information needed for companies and employers to make their yearly budgets.