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Illinois Chamber Applauds Delay In Enforcing Key Health Care Law Change

CHICAGO (AP) - 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. 

 

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is among business groups applauding the one-year delay in a central requirement of President Barack Obama's health care law.   Laura Minzer is the executive director of the Illinois Chamber's health care council. She says the delay is "very welcome relief" to employers. She doesn't foresee employers dropping coverage. But she says it will take the pressure off companies that were holding down the number of full-time employees, or paying legal fees to make sure they were complying with the law.

Minzer says Congress still needs to address some problems with the law that affect businesses.

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