Covered California will provide health care coverage options for small businesses through SHOP (the Small-Business Health Options Program).
The SHOP marketplace is available to businesses with up to 50 employees and will begin offering coverage as of January 1, 2014. Open enrollment begins October 1st. The Affordable Care Act encourages small employers to buy coverage through SHOP by providing tax incentives.
Anthem Blue Cross is California’s largest insurer for small employers and has decided to not participate in California’s SHOP exchange.