Chamber Expands Insurance Plan Options for Local Businesses



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Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is now able to offer additional health insurance products through its private Bright Choices Insurance Exchange. Since its inception, the Bright

Choices Exchange has offered a variety of Univera health insurance products. Now, in addition to Univera, plans from Independent Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available as well. The Bright Choices exchange will include multiple plans through each provider, in addition to its other offerings for dental and vision insurance and other ancillary products.
This expanded private exchange means a number of direct benefits for Chamber members, including access to more plans than ever before, competitive rate options as well as access to plans that include national in-network coverage. The Chamber can provide a personal consultation to each group as well as sole proprietors. The Chambers goal is to help businesses select the most cost-effective plans to meet their health insurance needs.
Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum said, “We are very pleased to be able to offer such a wide variety of products through the Bright Choices Exchange. As one of the first chambers in the country to embrace this model, it has allowed us to work with Liazon Corporation to mold the program into something that will work for a diverse range of businesses. The model continues to work well, and now with expanded offerings the program is even more beneficial to serve many different types of businesses and employee groups.”
Craig Colburn, the Chamber’s Director of Member Development and licensed insurance broker, added, “The Chamber is here to serve your health insurance needs. Whether you are a sole proprietor or a small, medium or large business, we can assist you. We are here to make sure you get the coverage you need at a price that works for you and your employees, whether it’s through the Bright Choices Exchange or the New York State Exchange. Our goal is to provide a service that makes a difference in people’s lives.”
In addition to being able to provide plans through the private insurance exchange, the Chamber has access to over 100 major medical plan offerings through the New York State of Health Exchange. “We have a diverse membership base and over the past several years our team has been able to develop product and strategic relationships to help our members access the plans that best meet their needs,” stated Tranum.
Dozens of local business people have already attended the Chamber’s preliminary Health Insurance Information and Open Enrollment sessions this month. Additional sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, September 29 at the YWCA of Westfield at 7:30am and Tom’s Family Restaurant in Irving at 6:30pm, as well as another meeting at 6:30pm Thursday, October 1 at the Main Gate Welcome Center at Chautauqua Institution. These sessions are sponsored by KeyBank, Lawley Insurance, and Univera Healthcare and are free to attend, but advance registration is appreciated. You may call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or learn more about these sessions online at