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Covered California to Announce Rates and Plans for the Small Business Health Options Program

WHAT:           Covered California, the state’s new health benefit exchange, is announcing the insurance companies, plans and rates that will be offered in its small group market, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).  SHOP will allow small business employers to compare qualified, competing health insurance plans for private insurance companies beginning October 1, 2013. 

WHO:             Peter V. Lee, Executive Director, Covered California

WHEN:           Thursday, August 1, 2013
                        2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:         Dial in: 1-877-261-8990 / Access Code: 35376048

NOTE:             Any person who wishes to request this notice or other meeting materials in an alternative format, requires translation services, or needs any disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services which would enable that person to participate at the meeting, must make that request prior to the meeting date by calling: 1-888-975-1141.

About Covered California

Covered California is charged with creating a new marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California will help individuals compare health insurance plans and choose the one that works best for their health needs and budget. Financial help will be available from the federal government to help reduce costs for people who qualify on a sliding scale. Small businesses will be able to purchase competitively priced health plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. Covered California is a state agency responsible for implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in California. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the California State Legislature.  For more information on Covered California, please visit