Administration Delays Full Implementation of Small Business Health Options Program Marketplaces

On September 26th, the Obama Administration announced a one-month delay – to November 1, 2013 – in the date that the Small Business Health Options Program Marketplaces (aka SHOP Exchanges) operated by the Federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) will be open for small employer enrollment. SHOP Marketplaces are open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees. HHS’s press release on this topic is available at:

According to HHS, “The SHOP Marketplace for Federally-facilitated Marketplace states opens October 1, 2013, when small employers can start the application process and get an overview of available plans and premiums in their area. All functions for SHOP will be available in November and if employers and employees are enrolled by December 15, 2013, coverage will begin January 1, 2014.”

For more information about the SHOP, the SHOP Marketplace in your state, and small business tax credits, please go to and click on the Small Business tab.

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