New health insurance marketplaces for small businesses are scheduled to open across the country next week, and while most states are ready to begin enrollment, others have fallen behind, delaying some of the savings employers were promised under Obamacare.
District officials, for example, say all systems are go for launch for the city’s new health insurance exchange on Oct. 1, the deadline established by the Affordable Care Act for states and the federal government to open enrollment for new, online insurance marketplaces.
While the Obama administration has pushed back for a year a mandate requiring many employers to start covering their workforces, officials have moved forward on the new insurance exchanges, which they hope will promote competition among insurers and drive down the cost of individual and employer-sponsored coverage.
Called DC Health Link, the District’s site will house two separate marketplaces, one for individuals and one for small-
business owners, where residents can purchase plans from several carriers and apply for tax breaks.