Kansas City – The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is the program where small employers buy health insurance for their employees. Now there is a new way for small businesses to get help with their health insurance questions– the Health Insurance Marketplace Small Employer call center. Employers can call to get questions answered by a customer service representative at 1-800-706-7893 or (TTY: 1-800-706-7915.) This call center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
Policies offered in the SHOP Marketplace offer high-quality coverage with a set of 10 comprehensive benefits covering pre-existing conditions, pregnancy, hospitalizations, doctor's visits, preventive care, prescriptions, and more. Employers control the coverage offered and how much they pay toward employee premiums and may qualify for a tax credit worth up to 50% of health insurance premium costs.
For 2014, the SHOP Marketplace is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees (FTEs.) Persons who are self-employed can purchase insurance at the Health Insurance Marketplace for individuals & families at HealthCare.gov.
To learn more about SHOP before contacting the call center, visit HealthCare.gov and answer a few quick questions. The website will provide a customized list of coverage options for your business, content tailored to your situation, and a checklist to help you get ready.