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When You Weren't Looking, More Obamacare Delays

Over the long weekend, more delays and tweaks to Obamacare surfaced. Here are some highlights.

While you were enjoying hot dogs and fireworks over the long weekend, the Obama administration quietly revealed a few more Obamacare delays. 

The Department of Health and Human Services released a 600-page document Friday that outlined a few new delays in the controversial health care law. This is in addition to the one-year employer mandate delay announced last week. 

First up: The 17 state-run health exchanges now have one more year before they're required to verify whether or not a consumer gets health insurance from his or her employer. Under the new law, individuals who don't get employer-sponsored health care get tax credits to purchase individual plans.  What this means: Without verification, there might be folks who get tax credits who don't really need them.

The reason for the delay seems to be, you guessed it, administrative hurdles. According to the mammoth document, the year-long delay is to allow time for the development of "a more robust verification process."  

Another delay has to do with digital notices. The announcement acknowledged that the states are in various stages of digital sophistication, and revealed that states won't be required to send out any Obamacare electronic notices (such as eligibility notices) until 2015. 

This comes days after the Obama administration announced delays to the employer mandate, which gives businesses one more year before the federal government can fine them for uninsured workers. 

To catch all the tweaks and new information about the law, the entire HHS document is here.

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Last updated: Jul 8, 2013

NICOLE CARTER | Staff Writer | San Francisco Bureau Chief

Nicole Carter is Inc.'s San Francisco bureau chief. She was previously an editor at New York Daily News, and her work has also appeared in Consumer Reports magazine.




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