Information Requested On Continually Delayed SHOPs

House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R- Mo.) has expressed concern over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Small Business Health Options Program (SHOPs) which is still not fully up and running. In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and its accompanying press release, Graves requested enrollment data for the federal and state SHOPs Exchanges, along with the anticipate date that the SHOPs online enrollment system will be fully operational.

The ACA required states to establish SHOP exchanges so individuals and small business with 100 or fewer employees to purchase qualified coverage. In April 2013, HHS announced it would be unable to meet tight deadlines and delayed the full implementation of the SHOPs exchanges from January 2014 to January 2015. A June GAO report also noted that the administration was ill equipped to fully implement SHOPs, and the beginning of open enrollment and the Exchange sign up deadlines were pushed back.

Representative Graves wrote, “As Chairman of the Committee on Small Business, I continue to be concerned about the ongoing misinformation, problems and delays that are affecting small business owners as the health care law is implemented.”

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