Marketplace Enrollment Periods

When can small employers enroll in coverage through the SHOP Marketplace?

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Small employers can buy coverage for their employees through the SHOP Marketplace at any time during the year.  HealthCare.gov no longer operates a SHOP Marketplace website for small employers, however.  If you want to sponsor small group coverage through the Marketplace for your employees, you can contact insurance companies directly or work with a broker who is certified to sell SHOP policies.  In HealthCare.gov states, you can find a SHOP-certified broker using the Find Local Help tool.  Be sure to specify to the insurer or broker that you want a SHOP policy.

Some state-run Marketplaces continue to operate SHOP websites.  Contact your state Marketplace for more information.

While we have made every effort to provide accurate information in these FAQs, people should contact the health insurance Marketplace or Medicaid agency in their state for guidance on their specific circumstances.

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