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Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Announces Chamber Blue of Kansas
Association Health Plan powered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

GREAT BEND, KANSAS - The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a new partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas (CCEKS). This partnership stitches together 30 other local Chambers of Commerce across Kansas to offer an Association Health Plan called Chamber Blue of Kansas.

 

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce 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 allow smaller companies to access the health insurance savings associated with large group medical coverage. Through this, small business, non-profits, and organizations can band together to purchase insurance. That allows more people in the pool, which lowers risk across the pool, and provides more health insurance options, potentially with much 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.

 

Interested business owners, non-profits, and organizations are encouraged to attend one of three information sessions to be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a BYO-Lunch & Learn (Bring Your Own Lunch, drinks and dessert will be provided), in the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room located at 1125 Williams St., in Great Bend. The partnership will continue to host information sessions and answer questions with the goal of all interested organizations completing an interest survey during August 2022. The 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.

 

For more information regarding the qualification criteria and more interested parties are asked to visit https://www.bcbsks.com/chamberblueks or contact the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce by phone at 620-792-2401 or by email at mbarfield@greatbend.org.

 

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The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce was established in April 1921. It is a not-for-profit 501c(6) chartered organization of business, industry, professional men and women and individuals working together to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life and advocate and elevate our members’ economic prosperity and are the catalyst for our community’s future. 

 

As a private not-for-profit 501(c)6, Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas (CCEKS) operates with the primary goal of serving its membership by providing excellence in professional development, networking, resources, and idea exchange opportunities. Also, CCEKS provides guidance and leadership training to chambers across the state and the board members who serve in local communities.