In October, we reported that federa lSmall Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges would not be availableonlineuntil an unspecified date in November. The latest news out of Washington is that the Obama Administration hopes to have online SHOP exchange enrollment available by the end of November.
While testifying before Capitol Hill on October 29, Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, claimed SHOP would be fully operational at that time. Businesses interested in SHOP should note that in order for health insurance to go into effect January 1, employees must be enrolled by December 15, 2013.
On a similar note, the Spanish language version of Healthcare.gov is still not operational. During her testimony, Tavenner mentioned that the government expects it will also be ready by the end of November.