HHS Delays SHOP Enrollment by One Month

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Small employers will have to wait until November for open enrollment to begin in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplaces facilitated by the federal government, the Obama administration announced Sept. 26. The Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release that some services and resources will become available Oct. 1, as originally scheduled, for employers with 50 or fewer employees that wish to access health plans through SHOP marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. The agency also said details on the SHOP application process are available at HealthCare.gov. For related information, see the discussion of “Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs)” in chapter Affordable Care Act: Marketplaces and Qualified Health Plans, as well as a state chart on SHOP marketplaces.