WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, because of glitches in computer systems, is delaying two online tools supposed to go live Tuesday for enrolling Americans in insurance under the national health care law.
Small businesses in some states that want to sign up their employees for health coverage on new federally run marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act will have to use paper forms until November, according to administration officials.
And Spanish-speaking Americans in some states who want to sign up for health coverage themselves on the new marketplaces will have to use an English-language enrollment system until Oct. 21, when the Spanish-language version is now scheduled to go online.
The two delays appear unlikely by themselves to have a major practical effect.
Though enrollment in health insurance guaranteed by the new health law is supposed to start Tuesday, consumers will not begin getting health coverage until Jan. 1. Most Americans without employer health coverage will still be able to enroll online starting Tuesday at www.healthcare.gov or through websites in states that are running their own insurance marketplaces, according to Obama administration officials.
The health care law establishes two insurance marketplaces in every state — one for individuals who can’t get coverage through work and one for small businesses.