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.