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December 19, 2014

Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace Coverage Highlighted in January’s Policy Snapshot

January 2015 Policy SnapshotRecognizing the challenging health insurance market that small businesses face, one of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions mandated the creation of a Small Business Health Options (SHOP) program in every state. SHOP marketplace coverage aims increase access to affordable health coverage for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. 

The Center's January 2015 Policy Snapshot, Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace Open for Business, describes who can apply for coverage, available plans, covered health benefits, enrollment help and more. While health policy experts are hopeful that SHOP marketplace coverage will make health insurance more accessible for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, SHOPs are in their infancy and it remains to be seen how helpful they will be to small businesses. However, having accessible, affordable health coverage is essential to ensure the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses isn’t lost due to concerns about health coverage. 

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