The Mississippi Insurance Department decided to establish a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) for Mississippi’s small employers.
The health insurance marketplace for small businesses is called One, MississippiTM.The Marketplace is an easy-to-use,
easy-to-understand online tool that assists Mississippi’s small business owners interested in providing quality health insurance to their employees.
Small businesses should consider using One, MississippiTM because:
One, MississippiTM simplifies the process of providing private health insurance and is available to small businesses in the State that employ fifty (50)
or fewer full-time equivalent employees. The Marketplace is designed to provide a central location where small employers can shop and compare
a variety of health insurance plans. Plan comparisons are provided in an easy to understand format. An employer may choose one plan for all employees,
or multiple plans from which each employee may choose the best plan for the individual and his or her family. Health insurance plans offered on One,
MississippiTM are classified into one of four metal tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. At each metal level, premiums and cost sharing requirements
for the employee change.
Instead of choosing a plan (or plans) for its employees, One, MississippiTM allows the employer to designate a specific amount to contribute toward each
employee’s premium cost. Employees can use that contribution to choose a health insurance plan that best fits their needs and budgets.
Employers that meet certain qualifications may be eligible for a Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit. The amount of the tax credit
and what qualifications the employer must meet depend on which taxable year a small employer claims the credit.
Some of the qualifications remain the same regardless of when the tax credit is claimed. These eligibility requirements that small employers must meet are:
Although the tax credit has been available for eligible small employers for taxable years between 2010 and 2013,
important changes begin in taxable year 2014 and beyond, including:
A transition policy exists for the 2014 taxable year for eligible small employers that have health plan years that differ from its taxable year.
Eligible small employers may take the credit for tax years 2010 through 2013 without those years counting toward the two consecutive taxable year period.
Employers should consult their tax advisors for more information.
One, MississippiTM enrollment will begin in 2014. Employers will be able to enroll in the Marketplace online at www.onemississippi.com, or through a licensed insurance agent or broker.
If you would like to be added to our notification list to be informed as progress is made regarding the MS SHOP, please send your name, email, phone number, and business affiliation to MSShopInfo@mid.ms.gov