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Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — Small businesses are dropping health insurance for their workers, as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act lets them send employees to new marketplaces where they can often get subsidies from the government to buy coverage.

WellPoint Inc.’s small business insurance products lost 300,000 people this year, the company said today. Business owners are dropping coverage they previously bought through WellPoint and other insurers, and instead sending employees to shop for it on the government exchanges created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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