GAO Report Finds Low Initial Enrollment on State-Run Small Business Health Insurance Marketplaces

GAO report examining early implementation of Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOP) enrollment found that between October 2013 and June 2014, 12,000 employers signed up for plans on SHOP Marketplaces operated by 18 states. The employers collectively enrolled 76,000 employees in these plans. While SHOP-specific enrollment goals were not set by CMS, the findings are significantly lower than stakeholder expectations. Based on interviews with states, issuers, employers, and other key informants, low enrollment was primarily attributed to small tax credit incentives, misconceptions about SHOP availability, and the ability for employers to renew plans.

CMS Grants $3.9 Million to Support Outreach and Enrollment to American Indian and Alaska Native Children

CMS awarded $3.9 million to schools and tribal agencies in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and Oklahoma to fund Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment activities targeted to American Indian and Alaska Native children. The funds are intended to help these hard-to-reach populations access quality healthcare services.