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California’s SHOP is Open for Business
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Liz Parker, owner of Tulsa Ribs Restaurant, lauded yesterday’s announcement that the state’s online health insurance exchange will now offer California small business owners like herself a choice of affordable health insurance plans for their employees, and be rewarded for it with tax breaks.

Even though the Obama administration announced last week that small businesses that planned to enroll their employees through the federal online exchange’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would not be able to do so until next November because of the glitches faced by Healthcare.gov, the federal online insurance exchange, California’s own SHOP program opened for business yesterday on its marketplace exchange called Covered California. This means, coverage for small business employees could begin as early as December 1.

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