Washington Business Journal
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

“I firmly believe one big marketplace will result in competition we don’t currently have, and it will also help with premium rates significantly over time,” said the board’s executive director,

A board appointed by DC Mayor Vincent Gray to overhaul the city’s health insurance market is standing by its plan to force small businesses to use a new benefits-buying website but has offered to phase in the mandate until 2015 for most companies.

The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a “transition” to a single, government-run marketplace for companies with 50 employees or less. Read more

The Washington Post
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A District board is moving full steam ahead with a controversial plan to require small businesses in the city to purchase their employee health insurance through a government exchange.

The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with the small business exchange mandate. The board accepted a recommendation that small businesses currently carrying employee insurance would not have to use the exchange until 2015. But individuals, new small businesses and currently uninsured businesses would have to use the exchange starting Jan. 1. Read more