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U.S. delays online health insurance enrollment for small businesses

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | 1:21 PM ET

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a one-year delay in online health insurance enrollment for small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers that qualify for subsidized coverage under Obamacare.

The announcement, which comes nearly two months after the Oct. 1 rollout of the landmark healthcare law, said employers seeking coverage through the federal Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, marketplace would be able to enroll off-line through insurance companies, agents and brokers.

Up to now, SHOP enrollment has been available only through paper applications.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by David Brunnstrom)