Lawrence, KS – The Chamber, Lawrence is excited to announce a new partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and The Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas (CCEKS). This partnership combines 32 local Chambers of Commerce across Kansas to offer an Association Health Plan called Chamber Blue of Kansas.
The Chamber, Lawrence, and all chambers involved in this partnership realize and recognize that recruiting and retaining talent is vital for business and industry of all sizes, especially small businesses. Having access to trusted health insurance benefits is a crucial piece to that success. According to SBA statistics, small businesses equate to over 99.1% of all businesses in Kansas with a combined total of 605,147 small business employees in Kansas.
An Association Health Plan is a type of group medical insurance for organizations that allows smaller companies to access the health insurance savings associated with large group medical coverage. Through this, small businesses, non-profits, and organizations can band together to purchase insurance. This larger pool lowers risk and provides additional health insurance options, potentially with more competitive premiums.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of KS has the largest provider network in Kansas with 99% of physicians in-network, and 100% of hospitals in network. BCBSKS also provides a very robust package of health care solutions like their HealthyOptions program, which is a powerful set of services, tools, and one-on-one support to live a healthy life at no extra cost as a BCBSKS member.
An interest survey will be administered in August, and initial rates will be determined in September 2022 based on groups/businesses that have completed the survey and plans will become effective January 1, 2023. Stay tuned for details on upcoming informational meetings.
For further information regarding the qualification criteria and more, visit https://www.bcbsks.com/chamberblueks or contact Kathy Gerstner, Chief Operations Officer or Tiffany Hall, Director of Membership and Community Engagement.