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Exchanges to Cover an Estimated 10 Million Small-Business Workers

The Affordable Care Act's state health insurance exchanges for small businesses could cover nearly 10 million people, in addition to the 15.3 million who will gain coverage through the individual exchanges when the health reform law is fully implemented, according to an article in the February issue of Health Affairs. The article, by Fredric Blavin and colleagues at The Urban Institute, is one of a group of articles in the journal examining the Small Business Health Care Options Program (SHOP), the formal name for the small business exchanges.

The collection of articles, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, examines SHOP's potential to provide affordable insurance options for small firms that now face high premiums and administrative costs when they insure their workers. Under the Affordable Care Act, the SHOP exchanges, along with the exchanges for individuals, are expected to open on January 1, 2014.

To learn more, join a Commonwealth Fund webinar, The Small Business Health Insurance Exchanges: Opportunities and Challenges, on February 22 at 1:00 p.m., E.S.T. Use the hashtag #SHOPex to share insights on Twitter during the live event. And continue the conversation by commenting on a follow-up blog post on the State Refor(u)m Web site.

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