Covered California Announces SHOP Plans

Plans under Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) now offer more benefit choices and options for adult dental coverage. Employers can offer coverage from two different metal tiers for small businesses starting coverage October 1 or later. The dual metal tiers must be adjoining: Bronze and Silver plans, Silver and Gold plans, or Gold and Platinum plans. Also, alternate benefit designs are being offered through three of SHOP’s carriers: Health Net, Kaiser Permanente, and Western Health Advantage. These alternate benefit designs meet the essential health benefits requirement of the Affordable Care Act, but vary from the standardized benefits established by Covered California. The plans provide expanded employee choice. Also, employers can now offer separate dental plans for adults beginning in 2015. Dental benefits are employee-paid, with no additional cost to employers. The six health plans and 10 dental plans offered through SHOP are a mix of HMOs, PPOs, and exclusive-provider organizations. The health plans are from the following health insurance companies:
• Blue Shield of California
• Chinese Community Health Plan
• Health Net
• Kaiser Permanente
• Sharp Health Plan
• Western Health Advantage

The following are successful bidders for Covered California’s SHOP dental coverage: (Dental Health Services is an additional dental carrier for 2015.)

• Access Dental Plan
• Blue Shield
• Delta Dental
• Dental Health Services
• Guardian
• Liberty Dental
• Managed Dental Care
• MetLife.
• Premier Access.
• Safeguard Health

Businesses are not mandated to enroll in SHOP, and there is no penalty for not participating. California businesses with 50 employees or fewer can choose from quality health insurance plans similar to those available to larger businesses. Businesses with fewer than 25 employees are eligible for tax credits exclusively available through Covered California’s SHOP. Covered California’s SHOP has enrolled 1,714 businesses, which accounts for 11,510 employees and their dependents. Open enrollment for SHOP is available year-round.

Last Updated 06/23/2021

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