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What is a SHOP exchange?...
February 21, 2013

What is a SHOP exchange?

Answer: Beginning in January 2014, Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges will be available for small businesses. SHOP exchanges may operate separate from the individual exchanges or may be merged into one larger exchange that serves both market segments. Businesses up to 100 employees may purchase coverage through a SHOP exchange, although states may limit that number to 50 employees until 2016. Plans offered through a SHOP exchange will have to meet certain federal and state standards. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has indicated that they envision robust agent participation in a Federally- Facilitated SHOP. PIA is working on those details now.

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