Chamber of Commerce launches healthcare education assistance program for small businesses

BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is one of 13 organizations in the state to be selected by Community Health Advocates (CHA) to take part in a new program to provide education and assistance to small businesses in Brooklyn.

The CHA, an initiative of the Community Service Society (CSS), will oversee the Brooklyn Chamber’s programs focusing on the federal health reform bill (called the Affordable Care Act or ACA), as well as its healthcare and health insurance advisory practices.

The Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), in conjunction with the CSS, will conduct outreach and training events in order to educate small business decision-makers about health reform and health insurance in general. Additionally, the Chamber will assist individual small businesses on a one-on-one basis with their health insurance questions and needs.

The following topics and issues are among those to be addressed through the new program:

• Small business tax credits;
• HealthyNY for small businesses;
• Public coverage options;
• How to understand and comment upon proposed insurance rate increases under New York’s new prior approval law;
• How to choose a broker, and how brokers can help; and
• The pros and cons of a variety of small group health insurance products.

For more information on the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s health insurance programming and on its assistance to small businesses, please visit or contact Theresa Reyes at (718) 943-3884 or at

May 4, 2012 - 9:49am


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