On Nov. 27, 2013, the Dept. of Health and Human Services announced that online enrollment in the FF-SHOP Exchanges would not be available until November 2014. Employers that wish to enroll their employees in FF-SHOP coverage for 2014 will do so through “direct enrollment” with an agent, broker or insurer offering a certified SHOP plan. The direct enrollment process applies only in states with FF-SHOPs. States that operate their own SHOP Exchanges will still be permitted to offer online enrollment. The Dept. of Health and Human Services also released a set of FAQs on how the FF-SHOP Exchange would function until November 2014.

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HHS Delays Online Enrollment for FF-SHOPs-1