The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is adding a Web portal for the agents and brokers who help small employers sign up for coverage through HealthCare.gov, an HHS official says.
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) division at the HHS-run exchanges will also give small employers new Web features, according to Rhett Buttle. An employer can use the tools to set up a SHOP account, complete an eligibility application, obtain an eligibility determination, and upload an employee roster.
An employer will also be able to use a HealthCare.gov feature to assign an agent or broker to a SHOP account, Buttle says.
Buttle, director of private sector engagement at HHS, announced the site changes in a blog entry.