The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce along with the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY) and the New York Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have been awarded a federal grant to help small businesses with health care and health insurance issues.
Greater New York Chamber of Commerce to Conduct Health Care Insurance Workshops for Small Business.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states can establish Health Insurance Exchanges where individuals and small businesses can shop for, and enroll in, health coverage. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday signed an executive order creating a Health Insurance Exchange in New York.
The Community Service Society, which awarded the grant; has established a Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) to educate small companies about the new law and inform them of their options in choosing the best insurance plan for their employees.
“The model for this new program is our very own Community Health Advocates (CHA), which for the last decade has helped more than 200,000 New Yorkers navigate the health care system,” said Elisabeth R. Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society. “With this outstanding statewide partnership, we can now join our expertise with trusted groups to address the health coverage and costs issues faced by New York’s small businesses.”
The GNYCC, BALCONY and the New York Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will stage bi monthly health care workshops for small businesses over the next 11 months.