In the wake of the historic Supreme Court decision pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is poised to assist small businesses understand the affect of the Act on their businesses.
"The Chamber of Commerce is the premier resource to assist Chautauqua County's small businesses as it relates to health insurance decisions," Todd Tranum, President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce said. "Many small businesses are probably asking themselves, 'What does the Supreme Court decision mean to my business?' We are here to help businesses understand how the Affordable Care Act affects them.
"Health insurance is an arena where we have a long history of experience not only providing access to insurance benefits but also educating businesses regarding changes in State and Federal law," Tranum said. "We have been proactive in our efforts to understand the implications of the ACA on businesses in Chautauqua County and are here to help businesses access information and understand not only product options but also increase awareness regarding tax credits."
As part of the Chamber's focus on health insurance and the needs of small business, the Community Chamber Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has implemented a Small Business Assistance Program to provide outreach and assistance to small businesses regarding health care and health insurance.
Under the ACA, states can set up Health Insurance Exchanges, or marketplaces, where individuals and small businesses can shop for and enroll into health coverage. To help ensure that New York's Small Business Exchange best meets the needs of New York's employers and employees, the Community Service Society of New York, launched a pilot Small Business Assistance Program to educate small businesses about the health reform law, address their current insurance coverage needs and help inform the design and development of the State's Small Business Exchange.
"The decision of the Supreme Court has significant implications for small businesses," Greg Krauza, Director of Member Development, said. "We are participating in the SBAP not only to help small businesses understand their health insurance options, but also to help them understand the Affordable Care Act and the tax credits that they may be eligible to take advantage of."
CCDC is one of 13 organizations to be selected for participation and represents Western New York in the statewide SBAP network. For more information, call Krauza at extension 302 at the CCDC at 366-6200 or 484-1101.