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In 2014, small businesses that offer coverage through a FF-SHOP will be able to offer their employees a single qualified health plan (QHP) option. The FF-SHOPs will provide the flexibility in the amount that members of the small group contribute towards the total premium.

To qualify for a SHOP, a business must:

  • Be located in a SHOP's service area (generally a state)
  • Offer coverage to all full-time employees (those working an average of 30 or more hours per week)
  • Have at least one eligible employee on payroll
  • Have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees on payroll in 2014
    • This methodology includes part-time employees, but not seasonal employees (those working fewer than 120 days per year)
    • While the FF-SHOP must determine eligibility using the definitions above, State-based SHOP Marketplaces have flexibility in their counting approaches in 2014

SHOP Overview

  • SHOP Marketplaces offer small employers several advantages, including:
    • The ability to offer a QHP to all employees
    • Choice of percentage contribution toward the health insurance premium of each employee
    • Less financial uncertainty related to premium cost increases at plan renewal
    • A plan compare tool to help employers compare plans
    • Small business tax credits
  • All medical plans offered in a SHOP must be QHPs.
  • Pre-existing condition exclusions will no longer apply.
  • Premiums in the SHOPs will be built differently than prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.
  • There are limitations on how premium rates may vary.
  • Participation in wellness programs can reduce premiums for individual enrollees.

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