Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ACA SHOP Marketplace Application

Dana Halvorson 

According to a November 10, 2015, email alert from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, you can complete your Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace application by November 15 for coverage starting December 1. If you submit your initial group enrollment by November 15 and make your initial payment, your coverage can be in place as early as December 1. All SHOP Marketplace applications submitted between November 15-December 15 each year are not required to meet participation requirements.

If you need assistance, you can call the SHOP Call Center at 1-800-706-7893 (TTY:711) Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm ET or visit HealthCare.gov. For in-person assistance, find a SHOP-registered agent or broker in your area.

According to the HealthCare.gov website, the SHOP Marketplace is for small employers who want to provide health and dental coverage to their employees. To use the SHOP Marketplace, your business or non-profit organization must have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). (Some states may use different employee maximums for 2016.)

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