Discounted Health Insurance now available for Small Businesses through the Chamber Health Coop!
The Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) recently introduced the Chamber Health Coop, a group purchasing program that makes health insurance more affordable for businesses with 1 to 50 full-time employees.
Any small business that belongs to the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce (one of the more than 60 participating chambers of commerce and other business associations) is eligible to join the Chamber Health Coop.
Members can save hundreds or thousands of dollars a year on their health insurance from Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Health New England, which are each discounting several of their plans. Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim are trimming rates by 3 percent, and Health New England by 5 percent. Business with a maximum of 50 employees who work 30 or more hours a week can now enroll for coverage beginning as soon August.
“The Commonwealth is pleased to support the new Chamber Health Coop through MACCE," said Governor Deval Patrick. "Small businesses are vital to our continued economic success here in the Commonwealth and we need more innovative programs like the coop to reduce the high costs of health care that inhibit growth and development."
“Chambers have fought for years to lower the cost of health insurance. We are pleased that Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray, and Speaker DeLeo share this aim and helped pave the way for group purchasing cooperatives,” said MACCE President Tom O’Rourke. “The Chamber Health Coop will give businesses one more tool they can use to lower the cost of insurance for themselves and their employees.”
In addition to offering savings on health insurance plans, the Chamber Health Coop provides wellness programs to help employees live healthier lives that in turn may help keep premium costs at bay. The health and wellness offering is free for all covered employees and their families.
Businesses that enroll in an insurance plan through Fallon or Health New England will be eligible to participate in a Wellness Program through FirstVitals Chamber Health Coop – FirstVitals Health and Wellness Program
Harvard Pilgrim will be providing a Wellness Program to businesses that receive insurance through it. Additional information on the Harvard Pilgrim program will be available soon.
To learn more, visit www.ChamberHealthCoop.com or contact your certified insurance broker.
Insurance options for businesses located in Eastern and Central Massachusetts:
Fallon: 3% discount Chamber Health Coop – Fallon – Plan Options
Coop membership fee through Fallon: $5/month per single subscriber, $10/month per couple, $9/month per single plus child(ren), $15/month per family (this equates to approximately 1.25% of premium for the average small business)
Harvard Pilgrim: 3% discount Chamber Health Coop – Harvard Pilgrim – Plan Options
Coop membership fee through Harvard Pilgrim: $20/month