By Emily Curran, Sabrina Corlette, and Kevin Lucia
In an effort to help small-business owners and their employees compare health plans, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Like private health insurance marketplaces, SHOPs are facilitated at the federal and state level; today, 17 states and the District of Columbia operate a state-run SHOP. While these marketplaces provide employers with a new avenue for offering coverage to their workers, some states are questioning whether state-run SHOPs make sense. In a new blog published by The Commonwealth Fund, CHIR experts Emily Curran, Sabrina Corlette, and Kevin Lucia examine enrollment trends, analyze insurer participation, and comment on future prospects for this element of health care reform.
You can read the full blog here.