The house Small Business Committee today held a hearing on the public health insurance exchange small-group program and was unable to get any small-group enrollment data from the Obama administration.
The committee wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January to ask for Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) enrollment data. The committee asked HHS for information about the number of businesses and workers using SHOP plans and the amount of premiums the enrollees were paying.
HHS told the committee in March that it was unable to provide the data.
Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., chairman of the committee’s health subcommittee, wrote to HHS again in June and still has not received any SHOP enrollment data.
Mayra Alvarez, director of the state exchange group at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) — the arm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) responsible for managing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange system — appeared at the hearing today and had no SHOP enrollment data.
ACASignups.net has reported, based solely on reports from state-based exchanges, that the state-based exchanges have enrolled about 72,000 people in SHOP plans.
Alvarez said that about 79,000 agents and brokers had trained to help users of the state exchanges directly managed by HHS in 2014, and she reported that “many” of those producers had completed a SHOP-specific course.