FFM SHOP Online Enrollment Delayed Until November

by Jason 10/2/2013 11:05 AM

It was announced this week that small businesses planning to purchase group coverage through the Small Business Health Options (SHOP) marketplace will have to wait until November 1 to enroll online. SHOP marketplaces were planned to open for enrollment on October 1. Gary Cohen, the deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, explained, “We wanted to make sure that we got it right and that it was going to be as helpful to small businesses as it possibly could be.”

It is anticipated that the online enrollment will be fully up and running by November, and coverage will start in January. The delay does not change anything essential within the Affordable Care Act. Since the SHOP marketplace stays open for enrollment all year, the November opening should still give businesses plenty of time to shop around and enroll.

When the SHOP opens, Delta Dental will have four plans available for employer groups of 50 or fewer employees. Exchange-certified plans are currently available outside the exchange directly from Delta Dental. Please contact Delta Dental for more information.


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