Maryland Small Business Health Options Program revises submission process for group coverage

The Maryland Health Connection’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is transitioning to a direct enrollment platform and will no longer use BenefitMall as the third-party administrator for employer-sponsored plans.

This change applies to coverage purchased through the SHOP for small businesses with 2-50 employees with group plans that have effective dates of Aug. 1, 2018 and beyond for new business or Jan. 1, 2019 for renewals.

As part of the new direct enrollment platform, brokers can complete the attached form to enroll businesses for employer-sponsored plans. The form includes application details and links to the additional documents required for submission. Applications that are incomplete or not submitted correctly may result in implementation delays.

For renewing businesses, brokers must reach out directly to a UnitedHealthcare Renewal Account Consultant to confirm renewal. Coverage will be terminated for businesses that do not confirm their coverage by the renewal date.

If you have any questions about this new process, please contact your UnitedHealthcare Representative.