On November 27, 2013, the Obama Administration made a critical decision to delay the launch of Small Business Health Care Options (SHOP) Marketplace through the HealthCare.gov website until November 2014. This one year delay comes in light of the challenges in launching the individual health exchange. However, small businesses still have the option of enrolling employees into certified SHOP health plans through agents, brokers, or insurers. Qualified small businesses can work directly with their agents, brokers, or insurers to submit applications to SHOP Marketplace for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.
Despite all of the challenges and delays with HeathCare.gov, California will not be impacted. Fortunately, California small businesses and individuals have access to compare, purchase, and enroll with Covered California for January 2014 and beyond.
For more information on SHOP delay, please visit the Health & Human Services website