SHOP TALK: Recommendations for Ensuring Best Health Coverage Outcomes For Children and Families

SHOP TALK: Recommendations for Ensuring Best Health Coverage Outcomes For Children and Families

This paper provides recommendations to the California Health Benefit Exchange Board (HBEX) as it proceeds with the implementation of the SHOP program for small employers. These recommendations are aimed at ensuring that families covered through SHOP have access to and understand the best affordable care available for children. As a participant of the CA HBEX Board’s Stakeholder SHOP Work Group, The Children’s Partnership sees the SHOP as a critical piece of the children’s coverage matrix and has identified key issues around incorporating the SHOP Program into the IT system design. Further, SHOP is critical to ensuring that all possible avenues of providing health coverage for children are maximized.