Congressman demands small-business health insurance data

The chairman of the House Small Business Committee is insisting the administration release any available data it has on the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) under the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) wrote to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Tuesday asking for data on the number of employers that have enrolled in SHOP plans, and the number of workers who have paid their first premium under the program.

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Graves asked for data on the program earlier this year but Kathleen Sebelius, outgoing secretary of Health and Human Services, responded in March saying the figures were not available and the department was still working on gathering the data.

The SHOP plans were launched with the rest of ObamaCare but have had problems going into effect because of the botched HealthCare.gov launch last October.

“Over seven months later, we still do not have any federal and some state SHOP enrollment data,” said Graves. “I continue to be concerned that HHS or CMS has not compiled and/or released this information.”

Graves says if all the data is still not available, CMS should provide data that is available. He has also asked for names of entities they are or will collect data from, the date by which the program will be fully operational and the date by which Tavenner plans to respond to Graves’ letter.