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Small Businesses Can Now Fully Enroll in Coverage Through Small Business Health Options Program


Covered California™ is officially launching full self-enrollment functionality in its Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) online marketplace.

Previously, small businesses could begin the process of insurance enrollment by setting up their account, checking their employer eligibility and getting a rate estimate for Covered California's SHOP. Now, small businesses can fully enroll for coverage that begins as early as January 1, 2014.


  • Executive Director Peter V. Lee, Covered California
  • Board Member Paul Fearer, Covered California
  • Founder and CEO John Arensmeyer, Small Business Majority
  • Vice President of Public Policy and Political Affairs Ruben Gonzalez, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
  • President Sam Smith, California Association of Health Underwriters
  • Small-business owners


Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10 a.m.

A teleconference on the announcement will be held at 11 a.m. for media unable to attend in person. The call-in number for the teleconference is (800) 230-1766.


Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

[About Covered California:  Covered California is the state's marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.]

[Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California's consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. For more information on Covered California, please visit]



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