Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Early SHOP Access for Five States

Dana Halvorson 

According to Capsules, the Kaiser Health News Blog, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that businesses in five states (Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and Delaware) will get an early look at the federal health insurance marketplace for small businesses.

Businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers in these states will be able to access the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) in late October, ahead of the November 15 start of open enrollment. SHOP was created in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and is a new way for small businesses to buy health insurance for their employees. Noted in the Capsules posting, a CMS official said the five states were selected based on the agency’s analysis of state insurance markets and the availability of employee choice, among other factors.

 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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