Chamber will offer health insurance to members

The Bellingham Business Journal

Come Oct. 15, the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry will offer health insurance to its member companies that employ between two and 99 people.

“Over 90 percent of our members have less than 100 employees, and we are excited to provide them with an outstanding way to get competitive employee benefits through Business Health Trust,” said Ken Oplinger, president and CEO of the Chamber, in a news release.

Business Health Trust (BHT) provides insurance products and services through chambers of commerce in select markets in Washington state. Bellingham is the fifth chamber to join, following Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and the Tri-Cities.

“The Business Health Trust provides group buying power. This translates into affordable, high-quality benefits for small businesses,” said Emmy Jordan, Business Health trustee and senior vice president of membership and business development at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Products include the full range of health insurance and employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life, long-term disability and employee assistance programs.

“The cost of providing health insurance and other benefits to employees continues to increase year after year, making it the number one concern of many small business owners,” Oplinger said. “Ensuring members of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry have access to large-group buying power could be the difference that allows those companies to continue providing employee benefits during these difficult economic times.”

For more information, contact the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s BHT hotline at (360) 734-1716.


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