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For Many Small Business Owners, Providing Health Insurance Remains a Struggle

For Many Small Business Owners, Providing Health Insurance Remains a Struggle

Brian Adams, who sells fireplaces in Indianapolis, is like many of the nation’s small-business owners. As the cost of providing health benefits has climbed, he has struggled to afford coverage for his employees — a problem the new health care law was designed, in part, to address. But a year after the law’s introduction of the insurance exchanges, provisions that were supposed to help small businesses offer employee health benefits are largely seen as a failure.Read More

wsj: Affordable Care Act’s Online Marketplace for Small-Employer Health Plans Goes Live After Yearlong Delay

Obama Administration Opens Health-Insurance Portal to Small Businesses

The Obama administration has opened a new health-insurance portal to small businesses in five states after a yearlong delay of the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace for small-employer health plans. The exchange, which was shelved last year amid mounting technical problems, quietly went live for the first time over the weekend in Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Ohio. Companies in those states that have fewer than 50 full-time workers can start using the siteRead More