Broker talks ‘SHOP’

October 22, 2013 • Local News

Local small business owners expressed skepticism over the new health insurance exchange set up for small businesses at a seminar held by the Roswell Chamber of Commerse Tuesday.

About 20 people, most of them small business owners, attended the seminar led by John Suekinos, vice president of Alamogordo-based insurance agency Charles, Garland and Harris Agency. The session addressed services offered to businesses with 50 or fewer employees by the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

SHOP was established as part of the Affordable Care Act, which includes various reforms to the national health care system and will go into effect this January.

While most individuals in the United States are required to enroll in insurance by March 31 and businesses with more than 50 employees will be required to offer insurance beginning in 2015, small businesses are not required to offer insurance to employees.

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