Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace

Jul 3, 2013

Illinois officials say the one-year delay in a central requirement of President Barack Obama's health care law will have no direct impact on the new online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage.  
A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is on track to begin enrollment on Oct. 1. Mike Claffey says consumers can expect a range of affordable health care options.  
The Obama administration unexpectedly announced Tuesday that medium and large companies will get a one-year delay in fines for failing to provide health coverage to workers.  
Laura Minzer of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says the delay is ``very welcome relief'' to employers, but Congress still needs to address some problems with the law that affect businesses.