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Chabot Requests Answers from HHS Secretary on Latest Obamacare Glitch Impact on Small Business

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Washington, February 26, 2015 | comments

Chabot Requests Answers from HHS Secretary on Latest Obamacare Glitch Impact on Small Business

WASHINGTON—Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) yesterday sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting answers about how small businesses have been impacted by the agency’s misleading of more than 800,000 Americans with faulty tax information.

This misinformation has created yet more uncertainty in an already difficult tax season for many Americans,” Chairman Chabot wrote in the letter which may be viewed in its entirety here.

Chairman Chabot asked Secretary Burwell five specific questions related to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges in this, the latest in the succession of Obamacare glitches. Chairman Chabot specifically asked:

  1. What is the number of small business owners who purchased insurance on the SHOP exchange and were affected?
  2. When did you learn of any errors in SHOP forms?
  3. What recourse will be available to individuals who have already filed their taxes with the incorrect information provided by your agency? Will they be forced to refile or offered some other less burdensome option?
  4. How long will it take to get the correct information out to affected individuals?
  5. What are your immediate plans to ensure something of this magnitude does not happen again?

The Administration touted the Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs) as a competitive and convenient location for small businesses to compare prices and purchase affordable and effective health insurance coverage for their employees and families,” Chairman Chabot wrote. “However, I am concerned that this most recent error may have compounded the problems small business owners have faced when utilizing the SHOPs, such as cancelled plans, higher premiums, and less comprehensive coverage options.” 

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