Calif. Has Highest Number of SHOP Exchange Enrollees
About 85,000 U.S. residents are enrolled in health plans through the Affordable Care Act's small business exchange, falling significantly short of the Congressional Budget Office's estimate that one million workers would be enrolled in such plans in 2015. As of early last month, California and New York had the highest numbers of SHOP enrollees, with about 6,500 employers enrolling 50,000 workers in the states. Meanwhile, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington each had fewer than 200 employers purchase coverage for their workers through the states' SHOP exchanges.
- "Small Businesses Snub Obamacare's SHOP Exchange" (Galewitz, Kaiser Health News/USA Today, 10/31).