Chamber Health Plan

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce will be participating in Chamber Blue of Kansas – Blue Cross Blue Shield’s first Association Health Plan (AHP) for Chambers of Commerce.

As a member of the Kansas Chamber Execs Association, our Chamber is pooling with 53 other Chambers of Commerce from across the state to decrease risk and offer health insurance to our members at lower rates. Some of these Chambers include Salina, Topeka, and Emporia. If you are an area business that is not in Newton, Hesston and Halstead Chambers are also participating!

The plan is set to begin January 1st, 2023.

AHP Current Status

The Chamber Blue Survey, a health survey that businesses were required to take in order to participate in the Association Health Plan, closed on August 18th. Overall, approximately 3,000 businesses (130,000 employees) participated in the survey. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas is currently using the data collected from the survey to determine premium rates for the plan. Rates should be determined and released during the month of September 2022. If your businesses completed the Health Survey, you will be informed as soon as rates are determined. 

About this AHP:

As an association health plan (AHP), Chamber Blue of Kansas is working with chambers across Kansas to provide organizations like yours access to health insurance savings associated with large group medical coverage.

How it works:

Chamber Blue AHP Employer Brochure

Employers band together to purchase insurance

  • This allows for more people in the pool
  • The more people included, the more options, and potentially lower cost

The Chamber Blue of Kansas AHP is available to all employers who:

  • Employ two or more W2 employees
  • Are members in good standing of a participating chamber

Regulated by the Kansas Insurance Department and Department of Labor, this AHP provides more value for you and your business:

  • A dedicated account management team – one-on-one support – telephone, virtual or on-site
  • More choice with five health insurance plan options
  • Stability of rates with a larger pool of participants
  • Composite rating – A uniform rate for the group based on average risk rather than rating each member individually
  • Attract and retain top talent with your insurance benefit offering: health, dental, life and disability
  • Marketing and communications support: promoting the health insurance plan to your
    employees with a resource website

AHP Timeline

The timeline for this Health Plan is as follows:

  • January – July 2022: Education & Communication. During this time, we will spread information to members and host information sessions to answer questions.
  • July 18th – August 18th 2022: Health Survey/Questionnaire. At this time, any interested parties must fill out the Health Plan questionnaire. It is non-binding, but necessary to determine rates.
  • September 2022: Rates issued.
  • October 2022: Representative Assigning and Group Enrollment.
  • November 2022: Member Enrollment
  • December 2022: Member materials and ID cards distributed. 
  • January 1st, 2023: Coverage Begins.

Newton Chamber Info Sessions

At this time, we no longer have in-person information sessions scheduled. However, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas issued a webinar that covers how the Health Plan works, plan options, and answers to general questions. You can access a recording of this webinar by CLICKING HERE!

If you have any questions, please contact Chamber staff at (316) 283-2560. You are also welcome to contact a Blue Cross Blue Shield representative to discuss the plan as well. You can use the link below under “For more information…” to access the Blue Cross website for their contact info, FAQs page and other AHP information.

For more information…

For more information about Chamber Blue of Kansas, visit https://www.bcbsks.com/chamberblueks