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HHS Delays Enrollment in Small-Business ACA Federal Marketplaces for One Month

March 2017

The  Obama  administration  has  announced  today  that  the  Small  Business  Health  Options  Program  (SHOP)  marketplaces operated by the Department of Health and Human Services (i.e., the Federal Exchanges) will not be ready for open enrollment on October 1, 2013.  Rather, open enrollment will commence on November 1, 2013 with an anticipated start of coverage on January 1, 2014.

Federal individual Marketplaces will begin open enrollment on October 1, 2013.

You may have read that the government’s latest announcement regarding delaying the implementation of a component of the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the Small Business Health Options Program or SHOP.

The announcement was made on Thursday, September 26, 2013.  The U.S. government announced new delays in rolling out President Barack Obama's health care reform, saying small business and Spanish-language health insurance enrollment services would not begin on October 1, 2013 as planned. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said employers with 50 or less employees will not be able to enroll their  staff  for  private  insurance  in  federally  operated  exchanges  (Small  Business  Health  Options  Program  -  SHOP)  until November 1, 2013, because of technical problems. 

To learn more about the impact of this and other decisions on employee benefit plans, please visit Peel & Holland University. We have posted a document entitled HHS Delays Enrollment in Small-Business ACA Federal Marketplaces for One Month.


Peel & Holland continues to monitor progress of the health care reform developments for workplace wellness programs and will keep you informed of important updates.

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