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CA Closes Its Small Business Exchange Until Fall

Buried in the ‘On Small Business’ section of the Washington Post:

California takes down online health insurance exchange for small businesses

By J.D. Harrison | February 13, 2014

The nation’s most populous state has elected to temporarily shutter its new online health insurance marketplace for small business only four months after it launched, dealing yet another blow to a key element of the health care law meant to lower costs for employers.

Oh, is that what it was meant to do? (Wild hysterical laughter.)

California officials on Wednesday announced they are suspending online enrollment effective immediately for small businesses on the state’s new health insurance portal, known as Covered California. Health plans available through the state’s Small Business Health Options Program (or SHOP) will still be available but can only be purchased over the phone, via paper applications or through insurance agents.

State health officials say they will use the time to “implement a series of redesigns.”

“The SHOP portal was not meeting the needs of agents or small employers and needed improvements,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said in a statement announcing the decision…

Well, if that is going to be their standard, shouldn’t they pull down the whole thing?

Officials said the employer exchange is expected to come back online this fall, putting California’s small employers in the same position as those in states that elected not to build their own health insurance marketplaces... The federal small-business exchange is now slated to be fully functional in November.

So neither California nor the federal government will be able to get their small business exchanges going for another ten months. Isn’t that hilarious? How much money has been spent on these websites?

Still, to be fair, everybody is probably trying to figure out what the current Obama-Care requirements for small business are. Since Obama keeps changing them on practically a daily basis.

Still, California is not the only state running its own exchange that has run into serious problems with the small-business side of the marketplace. Several states have reported technical problems with their SHOP portals, and in Maryland, officials have yet to even launch an online small-business exchange…

Yes but California is held up as the great Obama-Care success story. In any case, it would probably be a lot easier to list the states where the Obama-Care exchanges are working. In fact, it would be interesting to see such a list. If it even exists.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “CA Closes Its Small Business Exchange Until Fall”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban

    There are 20+ states and the federal government tasked with creating these websites. Yet, not a single one, in 30 or so independent trials, was able to produce even a barely functioning website. This is either the best example of the worthlessness and incompetence of big government, or it is intentional.

    • yadayada

      opey-1 and his greatest minds band has had over 3 1/2 yrs. to build this catastrophic failure.

      in only 3 1/2 yrs. our grandfathers built, launched, and commissioned the U.S.S Missouri (BB-63) 1/6/41- 6/29/44

      always loved the Mighty Mo

  2. captstubby

    “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it”
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    see what happens when you don’t read the instructions.


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