Some states that opened health insurance marketplaces for small businesses under the Affordable Care Act's Small Business Health Options Program are seeing increased employer interest despite the delayed employer mandate and rolling enrollment periods. SHOP exchanges offer more choices to employers and employees as well as tax advantages for some employers, says Jim Sugden, Colorado's small-business exchange manager. SHOP exchange officials in Rhode Island are building partnerships with brokers, offering training and allowing employers to continue working with brokers.

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