TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Greater Topeka Partnership has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executives to give small businesses better access to insurance.
GTP announced Friday that the organizations have created a new association plan, called Chamber Blue of Kansas, and according to GTP, it will give business owners health insurance savings.
“This is a big deal and a new concept for the GTP and our members,” said Matt Pivarnik, CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership. “We are excited to see Chamber Blue of Kansas go live, as it could mean better health coverage at a lower cost for many of the local businesses that make our community great. For this plan to have the greatest possible impact, we need a lot of employers on board. »
According to GTP, the Chamber Blue of Kansas plan is available to employers who are in Shawnee Co., who have 2 or more employees and who are current paying members of the Greater Topeka Partnership. GTP further indicates that if a larger group of people and businesses sign up for the plan, it could mean potentially lower costs and more plan options.
“Chamber Blue of Kansas could be a game-changer for businesses in Shawnee County,” said Curtis Sneden, president of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. “Chambers across Kansas have worked hard to put this plan in place because we recognize that health coverage is a critical part of employee compensation. The easier it is for employers to provide affordable health insurance, the easier it will be for them to attract new employees and the happier those employees will be.
GTP said more than 24 Kansas Chambers of Commerce have partnered with BCBSKS to make the plan possible.
“Providing access to affordable health insurance continues to be a challenge for small and medium-sized businesses,” said Keith Richards, owner of Meridian Roofing Solutions. “As a business owner, I see value in being able to coordinate with hundreds of other businesses in Shawnee County to negotiate rates and share the Chamber Blue plan that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas have developed. This has the potential to be a significant benefit for our employees and could provide us with an important tool for recruiting and retaining talent. I encourage all companies to review this opportunity to ensure the best possible rates. »
Any questions regarding GTP membership can be emailed to MemberRelations@TopekaPartnership.com, but to become a GTP member, click here.
If businesses are interested in Chamber Blue of Kansas, visit the BCBSKS website.
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