California suspends small business exchange enrollment

Officials with California's health insurance exchange are temporarily halting the online marketplace for small businesses to "implement a series of redesigns." Although enrollment will cease immediately, small employers can still buy plans already available through the small business health options program (SHOP), but they have to do so through phone, paper applications or insurance agents, The Washington Post reported. "The SHOP portal was not meeting the needs of agents or small employers and needed improvements," Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said. "Taking the portal offline will not affect the paper application process, which has been the preferred enrollment method traditionally used by insurance agents in the small-group market." He added that the redesigned website, which is expected to go live in the fall, will "significantly enhance the enrollment process" for small business owners. Article