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Time minus 5 days and (apparently) counting. (U.S. Air Force photo/George Roberts)

As House Republicans work against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act public exchange builders still assume they have to raise the curtains next week.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it will wait until November to begin taking small-group exchange plan operations through the Web – but it also said groups will be able to enroll through brokers and call centers Oct. 1.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.

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