Reporter Briefing: Small Business Health Coverage Changes in 2016- Opportunities and Challenge

Join us for a special breakfast for reporters to address major changes set to take place for small businesses and health coverage in 2016, and proposals to delay or reconsider those changes.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created new health insurance marketplaces for small businesses, known as Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplaces, and made substantial changes to the regulation of health insurance for small businesses. For plan years beginning in 2016, the definition of a small business is set to expand from up to 50 employees to up to 100 employees—with potentially significant consequences for the small group health insurance market and the SHOP marketplaces.

This briefing will address small group market regulation before and after the ACA, coverage challenges unique to small employers, recent changes in coverage availability and affordability for small business employees, the design of the SHOP marketplace and its intended purpose, and proposals to delay or reconsider the expansion of the size of businesses regulated as small employers.

Terry Gardiner, vice president, Small Business Majority, will explain proposals to delay the expansion of the small group market, and both the opportunities and challenges that this action would create for small businesses.

Katie Mahoney, executive director, health policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will address the logistical realities of the SHOP exchanges.

Sabrina Corlette, senior research fellowand project director, Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, and Alissa Fox, senior vice president of the Office of Policy and Representation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, will join the other panelists for the Q&A session.

Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance will moderate the panel discussion.

Contact: Marilyn Serafini (202)789-2300

The event is sponsored by the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform, with support from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.