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June 3, 2013

In March 2013 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a one-year delay to a key component of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), set to launch in October. State-specific SHOPs will provide a separate marketplace for small group plans -- which employers with up to 100 employees could make available to their full-time workers -- within each of the public exchanges that are a hallmark of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

April 12, 2013

The Health and Human Services Department proposes to delay a requirement that offers plan choices to small firms.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule delaying by one year, until 2015, a requirement that government-run health insurance exchanges offer small businesses the opportunity to select among competing plans through health care reform’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). HHS cited administrative delays that will prevent the exchanges from meeting the original deadline for including SHOP options.

February 6, 2013

As key provisions of healthcare reform under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) move closer to implementation, employers need to consider how they will respond.

As key provisions of healthcare reform under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) move closer to implementation, employers need to consider how they will respond. More specifically, employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees need to decide whether they will “play” by continuing or beginning to offer affordable health benefits to employees working an average of 30 hours or more per week in a month, or “pay” the penalties for not offering affordable benefits.