Majority of Carriers Are Participating on Only One SHOP, Atlantic Information Services Survey Finds

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Of the 78 carriers participating in Small Business Health Options Programs, 67 are operating in only one state, according to Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) survey data appearing in the Oct. 17 issue of Inside Health Insurance Exchanges.

The Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs) being operated in 32 of the 34 states with federally facilitated exchanges (FFEs) feature 78 different carriers — 67 of which are operating in only one state, according to Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) survey data appearing in the Oct. 17 issue of Inside Health Insurance Exchanges.

WellPoint’s Anthem subsidiary is offering products on SHOP exchanges in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia. Illinois-based Health Alliance Medical Plans, which expanded its service area in 2013, is on SHOP exchanges in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. Sanford Health Plan is in Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Aetna Inc., Avera Health Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, CoOportunity Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan, Medica Health Plans and UnitedHealth Group are each listed in two SHOP FFEs.

Visit to read the article in its entirety, which also includes a table of average FFE SHOP premiums for a 27-year-old, by state and carrier, calculated from example premium rates released by earlier this month.

More data on premium rates and all other aspects of health insurance exchanges will be published in AIS’s Health Insurance Exchange Directory and Factbook, a new resource available this month. The CD version features a complete Excel workbook with specific rates per product for each state, as well as source documents with full rate information as released by states. For more information on the Directory, including how to order, visit

About Inside Health Insurance Exchanges

Inside Health Insurance Exchanges provides hard-hitting news and strategies on the details of state and private health insurance exchanges, for business planners with health plans, hospitals and health systems, medical groups, ancillary providers, suppliers, pharma companies and state health policy makers. The biweekly newsletter answers questions about this cornerstone of the health reform law — who will participate, what product designs will look like, the effect on enrollment, and more. Subscribers receive reliable intelligence on how to make the most of the enormous transformation in health insurance that is about to unfold and how to succeed in the insurance marketplace of tomorrow. Visit for more information.

About AIS

Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at

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