Exchange Pared Back Further
By Stephen Miller
On the day before Thanksgiving, the Obama administration quietly announced plans to delay another part of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, in states with a federally run health insurance marketplace.
SHOP is intended to help small business owners obtain health plans for themselves and their workers. However, according to a Nov. 27, 2013, online posting by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), employers who purchase small group coverage won't be able to buy plans online through a federal SHOP exchange until November 2014 for plan year 2015. HHS also posted a set of questions and answers on how the federal SHOP would function, in a limited capacity, through 2014.