Monday, June 16, 2014

ACA SHOP Exchange Delay

Dana Halvorson

According to an article in the Daily Caller, President Obama’s Administration recently approved another year-long delay of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) small business exchanges for 18 different states. As noted in previous Capitol Connection communications, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) was created in the ACA, and is a new way for small businesses to buy health insurance for their employees. Last month, CMS announced that it would allow state insurance commissioners to request an extension for the SHOP exchanges. The Agency approved every request it received to delay implementation of the SHOP exchanges until 2016. The SHOP exchanges were originally expected to launch along with the individual ACA exchanges on October 1, 2013, but the Obama Administration initially delayed the SHOP website until November 2014 in order to focus on fixing the issues with HealthCare.gov.

Noted in the Daily Caller article, 17 states and the District of Columbia are now operating their own SHOP exchanges. Another 14 states with federally-run exchanges will launch their marketplaces in 2015, after accepting the initial one-year delay from the Administration. According to the article, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia are the only states remaining without a promised SHOP exchange for small business employees.

 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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