• Neosho Chamber Members find solution in Chamber Benefit Plan

  • Neosho Area Chamber Members find solution in Chamber Benefit Plan health insurance

    NEOSHO, MO — With the rising cost health insurance, many small businesses in our area have found themselves either priced out of the market or being forced to offer plans with fewer benefits. However, the innovative health insurance model has changed that for many of the small business members of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce.
    The Chamber Benefit Plan is a joint effort between the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the local chambers of commerce that comprise the Missouri Chamber Federation. The health insurance offered by the Missouri Benefit Plan first rolled out to a limited number of small businesses in 2017. The plan uses an innovative multiple employer welfare arrangement model. This model enables smaller employers to join together and share in the overall claims risk by being part of larger self-funded pool. Currently 1,200 small businesses are part of the plan which is providing coverage to 17,000 Missourians.
    Those numbers are expected to increase under a new law passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by Gov. Mike Parson, which enables Missouri businesses statewide to participate.
    “We are thrilled that the Chamber Benefit Plan is now marketable to all eligible businesses in Missouri. Members tell us frequently how the plan has stabilized and reduced their insurance costs while offering great coverage for their employees,” said Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
    The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce has been offering this plan to it’s members since the late 2017 and many have benefited from the savings and options it provides.  Executive Director, Lauri Lyerla says “It has been very rewarding to be able to offer our members a real solution to a problem that keeps them awake at night, members are able to provide their employees with a good health insurance option at a reasonable price, making them a more desirable employer and giving them the ability to improve the quality of life for their employees.” 
    The plan is offered across Missouri to businesses with 2-50 eligible employees. Small employers who want to learn more, find a certified broker and listen to testimonials from Missouri small businesses can start by visiting www.chamberbenefitplan.com.
    “Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to simplifying health care and we’re proud to partner with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry to expand the Chamber Benefit Plan, an innovative solution that helps address the rising cost of health care for Missouri small businesses,” says Amadou Yattassaye, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri and HealthLink, Inc.
    The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce is made up of 500 members representing local businesses, organizations and individuals.  To learn more, go to www.neoshocc.com