Small businesses struggling to buy healthcare coverage under Obamacare have been granted a reprieve until next November, in light of the continuing repairs needed for the troubled Healthcare.gov website. Known as SHOP, the small business marketplace, was meant to offer employers a new way to find insurance plans has been fraught with frustrations.
However, those who want to purchase workplace plans now will have to do so with the aid of an agent, broker or insurance company directly.
“This will help avoid slowing technical repairs to the government website,” stated a federal spokesman.
“If the law is so burdensome for the administration to implement, just think how hard it is for small businesses, which are focused on growing a company, hiring new employees and assisting customers,” exclaimed Neil Trautwein, top health policy officer fir the National Retail Federation, which as been seeking ways to ease the law’s requirements.
Although most companies are not mandated to provide coverage for their employees, those with 50 or more workers are required to or face government fines in 2015.