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Small Businesses And The Affordable Care Act

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The federal online health insurance exchange has delayed its start for small businesses until November 2014. But, Maryland’s on-line marketplace will start selling insurance to small businesses in April, as scheduled. How will rates for small businesses change? Today, on The Checkup, we talk about that with Frank Kelly, Jr., founder of a big insurance brokerage in Maryland.

You’ve probably heard a lot about the tumultuous roll-out of the health exchanges for individuals during the past two months. Today, we’re going to talk about coverage for a different group: small businesses.

The federal health insurance exchanges for small businesses, originally slated to open two months ago, have been pushed back and now won’t open until November 2014. Maryland’s exchange, known as the Small Business Health Options Program, will open in April.

Frank Kelly Jr. is the founder and chairman of Kelly and Associates Insurance Group. They're an administrator, brokerage, and consultant on health care to thousands of small businesses in Maryland. He’s taken a look at what small businesses might pay for coverage and he joins Sheilah Kast in the studio to talk about it.

Produced by Matt Purdy.

Our series ‘The Checkup: How Health Care Is Changing in Maryland’ is made possible by grants from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the Baltimore Association of Health Underwriters, and HealthCare Access Maryland.