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9/19/2013   - Health Insurance Update



      The North Country Chamber of Commerce announced its role in a new statewide health insurance alliance today, as well as the continuing health insurance services it will be providing as the Affordable Care Act takes effect.

     The North Country Chamber's subsidiary health insurance operation, the Plattsburgh-North Country Service Corp., has joined with the health insurance subsidiaries of five other major upstate chambers to create the "New York Benefits Alliance". The other five founders are the health insurance operations of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, CenterState CEO (Syracuse region), Rochester Business Alliance, Buffalo-Niagara Partnership and Chatauqua County Chamber of Commerce.

     Collectively, the six operations currently serve more than 6,500 small business accounts and will now be offering their health insurance services throughout upstate New York.

      "We are now working as a team with the state, with health insurance companies and others to provide even more and better service to small businesses, self-employed people, non-profits and now individuals and their families, including the employees of small businesses without employer health plans," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "And we and all of our new partners are fully approved to assist small businesses and individuals within the new State Health Insurance Exchange as well as outside of the Exchange. Chambers have long been a valued part of the health insurance delivery system, and we will be continuing that special role with an ability to do even more than in the past."

      The North Country Chamber and its insurance service, the Plattsburgh-North Country Service Corp., provide health insurance services to the Malone Chamber of Commerce, Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce, Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce, North Warren Chamber of Commerce, Stony Creek Chamber of Commerce, Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau and Whiteface Regional Visitors Bureau.

      The Chamber will be conducting a number of health insurance workshops over the next two months throughout the North Country, and its health insurance staff are available to answer questions and provide assistance. For more information call (518) 563-1000.

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