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Virginia Benefits In the News

November 2014
McAuliffe Urges Virginians to Turn to Federal Marketplace for Health Insurance

Posted: November 15, 2014
The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily

Though Virginia does not have a state marketplace, ChamberSolutions, a company owned by several chambers of commerce across the state — including the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance — is working to open a private marketplace for individuals and small businesses. ChamberSolutions CEO Kenn Penn said Friday the private marketplace, called Virginia Benefits, is slated to open by Dec. 1.

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October 2014
Virginia’s Chambers of Commerce Announce Providers for Virginia Benefits Market

Posted: October 24, 2014
Health & Medicine Week

Virginia‘s chamber of commerce community, led by the Virginia Chamber, announced that a robust roster of insurance and benefits providers plan to participate in Virginia Benefits Market.

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Alliance-Owned Company Creates Statewide Insurance Exchange

Posted: October 20, 2014
The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance has partnered with the state’s chamber of commerce and a Norfolk company to create Virginia Benefits, a private health insurance exchange where citizens and business owners can go to shop for insurance plans.

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Unraveling health insurance enrollment

Posted: October 12, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has joined other chambers throughout Virginia to create Virginia Benefits Market, a private health insurance and benefits exchange. The private exchange allows employers to pick plan choices they can make available to their employees and provide an amount toward employee benefits. Employees then select their plans through an online platform.

The exchange, called the Virginia Benefits Alliance, will be managed by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and ChamberSolutions, which is based in Norfolk.

Private exchanges are expected to grow in coming years, particularly among small and mid-sized companies, as the system moves away from traditional health care plans that tend to be more costly.

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Peninsula Chambers to launch private benefits exchange

Posted: October 11, 2014
The Daily Press

Virginia employers, particularly small businesses, could have more flexibility in how they offer health insurance and other benefits to workers with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s launch of a private exchange.

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The Daily Press: Notes and notables

Posted: October 9, 2014
The Daily Press

Roses and Thorns

Each week the Daily Press Editorial Board offers a list of area citizens or institutions deserving of “roses” or “thorns.” This week’s roses go to:

  • The Virginia Chamber of Commerce, for launching the Virginia Benefits Market — a program that will offer small business owners more flexibility in how they offer health insurance and other benefits to workers.

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Virginia’s Chambers of Commerce Announce Providers for Virginia Benefits Market

Posted: October 6, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
The Business Wire

Virginia’s chamber of commerce community, led by the Virginia Chamber, announced today that a robust roster of insurance and benefits providers plan to participate in Virginia Benefits Market.

“Virginia Benefits Market will allow business owners and employees to choose from a broad array of insurance and benefits products offered by reputable carriers,” said Barry DuVal, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Chamber. “This market-based approach will broaden choices for business owners by taking advantage of the collective buying power of state and local chamber members.”

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September 2014
A Healthy Virginia: Health Care Report

Posted: September 8, 2014

“Informing Virginians of their Health Care Options” (p. 17)

Strategies for Success
In order to make it easier for Virginians to connect with the programs and services for which they qualify, the Commonwealth will provide additional education and links on the coverva.org website for the following insurance options:

  • The Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Virginia Benefits Market: Coverva.org will promote other health insurance options, including the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s new private health insurance marketplace, the Virginia Benefits Market. This insurance exchange will allow small businesses to offer a menu of health and other benefits to their employees.

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June 2014
Virginia Benefits Market Aims to Help Small Businesses

Posted: Jun 09, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 13, 2014 1:45 PM EDT
WRIC Newsroom

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce just announced a new program called the Virginia Benefits Market, which will soon let small business owners give benefits to their employees that bigger companies are known for. The idea is to help small employers compete with big companies.

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