Small businesses miffed at preparations for health exchanges

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The state’s health-care exchange begins Oct. 1, but the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business said that many members remain confused.

Durant“We’ve done our best to prepare our members but the Obama administration has done a generally bad job at informing small businesses on their regulatory obligations under the law,” said NFIB New York state director Mike Durant (left) in a statement.

Durant, in a news release, focused on the Obama administration for his criticism rather than state government, which is preparing the exchange for the Oct. 1 launch.

Businesses with less than 50 full-time employees can enroll its workers in the exchanges, or the employees can do so themselves. Critics said the law is prompting businesses to drop health insurance for workers or limiting their hours. Large employers won’t need to comply until 2015.

“Many of our members and their employees will be shopping in the individual exchange starting next week and in many cases they are likely to be surprised and disappointed,” Durant said.  “And while larger employers have until next year to comply with the employer mandate, there are still more questions than there are answers.”

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