Small employers can still enroll in Affordable Care Act coverage through insurers or brokers, but not through the online exchanges.
November 27, 2013 No online registration for you, the Obama administration told small-business owners interested in using the Affordable Care Act exchanges to buy employee health insurance. Online access was pushed back to November 2014. Employers can still enroll through an insurer or broker.
An employee of Covered California works in the newly opened call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Covered California is the state's new health insurance exchange.
October 3, 2013 Small businesses can now buy health insurance tailored for their needs on marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act. But it's not clear how much relief the exchanges will offer from high prices that are a longstanding problem for small business. And they will almost certainly require more paperwork.
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"We have our designs pirated and mass produced by competitors in China."
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May 3, 2012 A letter from the CEO of a company that makes "latex clothing for the fashion/fetish community" explains how the company competes with cheaper products from abroad.
September 16, 2010 The Senate passed a small-business aid bill with $30 billion in loans and $12 billion in tax cuts.
September 14, 2010 A bill to provide small-business loans broke a Senate logjam with the help of two Republicans whose retirement from Congress arguably gave them more freedom.
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