How's business at that big Obamacare marketplace set up to sell health insurance to workers at small businesses?
Two weeks after the online portion of the federal marketplace for small-business Obamacare insurance finally launched, officials aren't saying how many such companies have used that site to offer health coverage to workers, or even how many employees have taken them up on that offer, a new report says.
In addition, the federal SHOP exchange, which serves 32 states, still has several technical problems, including one preventing businesses from setting a 90-day waiting period for new employees to buy insurance, and others that have made it difficult for insurance brokers to get into their accounts, The Washington Post reported. The newspaper also said confidential federal documents show that the SHOP exchange is still undergoing testing on some parts of the site.
"More broadly," the Post said, "interviews with brokers and others suggest that, in the two weeks since the marketplace's health plans went on sale for 2015, interest within the niche they are intended to help seems scant."