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Affordable Care Act

Focus on Health Care Reform
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed a comprehensive health care reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law.  The following summary of the new law, and changes made to the law by subsequent legislation, focuses on provisions to expand coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care delivery system. 

Many business owners have recently raised questions regarding the Requirement to Notify Employees of Health Coverage Options.

Below are four links from Covered CA, Department of Labor, The Small Business Administration and Cal Chamber regarding this mandate. Employers will not be fined for non-compliance.  However, it is always in the best interest of the employer to fall within compliance to avoid any type of lawsuit from an employee.

Covered CA

Department of Labor

The Small Business Association

Cal Chamber

Business owners know that the ability to offer employees quality health insurance is a competitive advantage in the labor market. Health insurance through Covered California's SHOP gives you financial control of your business while allowing your employees to choose from a range of quality, affordable health plans. Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is a new, health insurance marketplace developed for businesses with one to 50 eligible employees. 

SHOP is opened for business! There are no enrollment deadlines for SHOP and rates are fixed for 12 months. Your business may qualify for tax credits! 
If you have any questions regarding the Affordable Care Act and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) please contact any of our Covered California Educators: 

Marcos Suarez, Program Specialist (707) 291-8605 or (Northern Region)
Waynee Lucero, Program Manager (916) 444-2221 or (Central Region)
Maria Solano, Program Specialist (213) 247-6423 or (Southern and Inland Empire Region

In addition, please visit the Covered CA website for additional information, request a quote, calculate your tax credit, and to find help near you to enroll! 

Covered California

View our SHOP Webinar

SHOP Fact Sheet

Information on SHOP

Small businesses can now enroll and request a quote online! 
Please visit: for more information. 

Covered CA Certified Educators from the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce will be at the following events to inform small businesses of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) offered through Covered California:




Alameda Chamber of Commerce 

  • Monthly Mixer
  • 4/9/2014
  • Alameda

El Classificado

  • Su Socio de Negocios
  •  4/9/2014
  • Los Angeles


San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Access to Capital
  • 4/10/2014
  • San Diego

San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Small Business & Entrepreneurial Expo
  • 4/11/2014
  • San Joaquin

Paramount Chamber of Commerce

  • Networking Breakfast
  • 4/24/2014 
  • Los Angeles

Sac Metro Magazine  

  • Healthcare Vendor Fair & Business Expo
  • 4/24/2014 
  • Sacramento

Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  

  • Business Matchmaking
  • 4/25/2014 
  • Los Angeles

U.S. Mexican Chamber of Commerce   

  • Import Export Seminar
  • 4/28/2014 
  • Los Angeles

If you have any questions regarding the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) please visit Covered California at or contact Waynee Lucero, Program Manager at (916) 444-2221. 

View the Summary of New Care Health Reform.

View the Health Care Reform Implementation Timeline which provides implementation dates for key provisions in the law.