March 29, 2013

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Small Business Committee Questions SHOP Exchange
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Small Business Committee Questions SHOP Exchange

Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, sent a letter this week to Marilyn Tavenner, acting Secretary of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, asking for an explanation on the delay in the implementation of the “employee choice” model in the new small business exchanges scheduled to launch next year. As we may remember, HHS earlier this month announced that employee choice would not be available in the federal-run SHOP exchanges until 2015. States that plan to set up their own exchanges may choose to delay this aspect of SHOP implementation as well. This delay in implementation raises some flags, as employee choice within the exchange was one of the health reform law’s most popular selling points as it gives the employee greater flexibility in choosing a plan that best suits them. “If one of the key goals of supporters of the health care law was to provide small business owners with a competitive process by which they could select from a number of affordable health insurance plans for their employees, then that goal is not in sight,” wrote Representative Graves. Stay tuned for a response!

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