Despite assurances from President Barack Obama that the federal government was ready for the launch of its insurance marketplaces, neither the small-business portal nor a Spanish-language web market will go live in four days as planned, administration officials confirmed Thursday.
Saying the agency wants to “make sure it’s right,” Gary Cohen, deputy director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said small businesses with 50 or fewer employees will be able to start the process of enrolling online at healthcare.gov on Tuesday. But they will have to wait until Nov. 1 to actually purchase a plan online, unless they fax or email forms that they will be able to print out from the Web site.
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