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Covered California for Small Business

Covered California for Small Business

Covered California for Small Business (also known as SHOP: Small Business Health Options Program) is a health insurance marketplace that offers small businesses (1-100 employees) a choice of quality, affordable health insurance from multiple trusted carriers. Business owners and their employees can easily find a plan that fits their needs and budget.

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, available only with coverage purchased through Covered California for Small Business, can save employers up to 50% on health care premiums and generate new business opportunities for agents. To learn more, download our Health Care Tax Credit Solution.

Tax Credit

New Business Submittal Deadlines

Wednesday, January 25
Friday, February 24

Covered California for Small Business

Covered California for Small Business is a health insurance marketplace that offers small businesses (1-100 employees) a choice of quality, affordable health insurance from multiple trusted carriers. Business owners and their employees can easily find a plan that fits their needs and budget.

To learn how you and your employer groups will benefit from Covered California, download these valuable sales guides:

The Covered California Advantage

  • Quality, affordable health insurance plans from well-known trusted carriers.
  • Greater choice – employees can select any plan from any carrier in their region.
  • Financial control – employers can define the amount they will contribute towards employees’ premiums.
  • Valuable tax credit savings of up to 50% on employee health care premiums for up to two years.
  • Employee-only coverage that allows eligible dependents to qualify for subsidies.
  • No pediatric dental requirement.
  • Price protection - Covered California will always have the lowest cost plans.
  • Simplified administration and online tools.
  • Lead generating marketing and promotions for agents.

Carriers and Plans

Health insurance plans, through Covered California, offer benefits from a wide selection of trusted private insurance companies, at four levels of coverage: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Plan types include: HMO, PPO, EPO, and HSA.

Medical Carriers

  • Blue Shield of California
  • Chinese Community Health Plan
  • Health Net
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • SHARP
  • Western Health Advantage

Dental Carriers

  • Access Dental Network
  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian
  • Liberty Dental Plan
  • MetLife
  • SafeGuard Dental

Easily sell multiple carriers and gain new business with Covered California's unique features and benefits.

Need more information or assistance?
Contact our Covered California for Small Business experts at 800.696.4543 or info@claremontcompanies.com.

New Groups

Claremont is here to assist you by providing carrier and product information, plan quotes and comparisons, employer presentations, open enrollment assistance and more, for a variety of products offered through Covered California.

Plan summaries, enrollment and change forms, and information about Covered California for Small Business and our other carriers are always available through Claremont. Request materials online at materials@claremontcompanies.com or call our broker service representatives at 800.696.4543.

Enrollment Guidelines

  1. Paper applications and supporting documents should be received by Claremont no later than the last week of the month for coverage effective the following month.
  2. It's recommended, but not required, that you forward Claremont a check from your client, made payable to Covered California, in the amount of the quote for the initial premium. Alternatively, you and your client can wait until you have received an invoice from Covered California.

Please note: to enroll a group with Covered California, an agent must be a Certified Insurance Agent. To confirm your certification, search for your name on Covered California. Agent training and certification information is available here.

Assigning Claremont as Your General Agent
Upon receipt of your completed paper applications (hard copy, faxed or scanned via email), Claremont will be automatically assigned as your General Agent and we will begin processing those applications on your behalf.

If you are ready to enroll your group in a Covered California for Small Business plan, please click the Forms tab for a checklist of required paperwork.

Thank you for choosing Claremont Insurance.

Submit your new group enrollment information to Claremont:

  • Electronically with our secure online service OR
  • By mail: 1000 Burnett Avenue, Suite 440, Concord, CA 94520.

Need more information or assistance?
Contact our Covered California for Small Business experts at 800.696.4543 or info@claremontcompanies.com.

Agent Resources

Access Claremont's comprehensive suite of agent resources, and Covered California's agent tools, to build relationships with existing and prospective clients to maximize your success.

Claremont Agent Resources

Covered California Agent Resources

For Small Businesses:

  • Covered California Agent Tools:
    - Protecting Consumer Information
    - Marketing & Branding
    - Applications and Forms
    - Agent and Customer Service Contact Information
  • Covered California Agent’s FAQs.
  • Covered California Agent Service Center: 877.453.9198 or agents@covered.ca.gov.
    - Have the agent's name and license number handy when contacting the service center. Include name and license number in email correspondence.
    - If calling about a Small Group, make sure you talk to the CCSB Service Center, and not the Individual Hotline.

For Individuals:

Need more information or assistance?
Contact our Covered California for Small Business experts at 800.696.4543 or info@claremontcompanies.com.