Emails obtained by the Republican majority of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reveal that the Obama administration knew this summer that the federal SHOP exchange would likely not be ready for launch on Oct. 1. However, delays were not announced for more than a month.

First, emails between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Healthcare.gov’s lead contractor, CGI Federal, between July 26 and Aug. 13 showed that the administration agreed the SHOP exchange would not by ready until November. CMS did not announce that news until Sept. 26. Then, on Nov. 27, the administration announced an additional one-year delay of the online component to SHOP enrollment.

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