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Health law business insurance site delayed 1 year

By: The Associated Press
November 27, 2013 Updated: November 27, 2013 at 11:16 am
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photo - President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, before the start of a meeting with representatives of health insurance companies. From left are, Senior Adviser, Health and Human Services Office of Health Reform Michael Hash, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the president. The president said he brought health insurance CEOs to the White House to brainstorm ways to make sure Americans know what their coverage options are under the law. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, before the start of a meeting with representatives of health insurance companies. From left are, Senior Adviser, Health and Human Services Office of Health Reform Michael Hash, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the president. The president said he brought health insurance CEOs to the White House to brainstorm ways to make sure Americans know what their coverage options are under the law. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) 

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama's administration has announced yet another delay in the rollout of the health care law. An online health insurance marketplace for small businesses is being put off until November 2014 to make sure the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed first.

According to an internal administration document obtained by The Associated Press, employers who want to buy marketplace plans for their workers now will need to go through an agent, broker or insurance company. The administration says the plan will allow small businesses to buy coverage, without slowing technical repairs to the hobbled federal site.

The marketplace was supposed to provide small businesses a new way to shop for coverage.

It's the latest in a stream of missed deadlines, including a postponement for a Spanish sign-up tool announced this week.

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