SHOP Enrollment Delays
Small Business Health Options Exchange Online Enrollment Pushed Back
A September 26, 2013 HHS Press Release, Launching the Small Business Health Option Program Marketplace, stated that:
Small employers can enroll in insurance plans through the SHOP on a monthly basis throughout the year. As such, some states are phasing in SHOP application and enrollment periods. The SHOP Marketplace for Federally-facilitated Marketplace states opens Oct. 1, 2013, when small employers can start the application process and get an overview of available plans and premiums in their area. All functions for SHOP will be available in November and if employers and employees enroll by Dec. 15, 2013, coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014.
The federal exchange is set to open Tuesday, October 1; but according to The Washington Post, “small business owners will not be able to purchase coverage online until Nov. 1.”
Reuters reported that small businesses that want to purchase coverage in October will be able to enroll through paper applications, in-person meetings, or over the phone.