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CMS Readies Small Business Coverage Applications, Seeks Comment

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  • February 04 2013, 12:22pm EST

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is finalizing standard application forms for employers and employees to enroll in the reform-mandated Small Business Health Options Program under which insurance can be purchased through state health insurance exchanges.

CMS in two notices published Jan. 29 and available here explains the application process and seeks public comment. The application period for both employers and employees will start during initial open enrollment in October 2013. Either application, which will be used to determine eligibility to buy insurance through an exchange, can be filled out online, on paper, over the phone through exchange call centers, or in person through an insurance agent or broker.

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