Question: Last month, Covered California said they would announce the health plans selected to compete in the small-employer program in early June, but that has not happened. What’s the story?
Answer: The SHOP health plan announcement of participating carriers has been delayed until late July or early August. A Covered California spokesperson cited “concern about rates” as the main issue. They don’t want rates out too soon, “because of competitive reasons”. Not exactly sure what that means, but that’s the official story.