Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Congressional Hearing Focused on the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)

By Dana Halvorson

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 1:00pm EST, the US House of Representatives Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, The Small Business Health Options Program: Is It Working for Small Businesses?  The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and will be webstreamed live.  According to the website of the House Committee on Small Business Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO-6th), the purpose of the hearing will be to examine the status of the establishment of both federally-run and state-based SHOP exchanges.  As noted in previous communications, SHOP was created in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and is a new way for small businesses to buy health insurance for their employees.  All the federally facilitated exchanges are available for employers with less than 100 employees.  The State exchanges are available to those employers with less than 50 employees, and there are 16 state exchanges and 35 federally facilitated exchanges.  Employers that are eligible for SHOP can call the Health Insurance Marketplace Small Employer Call Center at 1-800-706-7893 to get general SHOP and small business questions answered by a customer service representative Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm EST.  If you have any questions relating to the ACA, please submit them to insurancecoverage@ahca.org, and be sure to check out AHCA/NCAL’s ACA website.

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