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SOUTH JERSEY CHAMBER OFFERS NEW GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS MEMBERS

 PENNSAUKEN, N.J., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical coverage for employees has been one of the top concerns of businesses in the South Jersey region for the past two years, according to a survey conducted annually by the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey.
 To meet that need, the chamber has recently signed agreements with two large insurance groups that offer coverage with major carriers at significant savings to member companies with one to 100 employees.
 "We examined about 10 plans and these two offer the best coverage and flexibility in the most cost-effective way," said Chamber President James W. Wallace. "I can say this from personal experience. Our own staff is saving about $1,000 per month with no change in benefits since we signed up with one of our new plans."
 Both groups involve chamber participation with larger organizations and are insured by a combination of Blue Cross, Blue Shield and other major carriers.
 To take advantage of the plans, companies must be chamber members. This is no hardship, Wallace pointed out, since the annual dues investment for smaller businesses is negligible compared to the amount companies can save by participating in one of the insurance groups.
 "Companies then have the additional benefits associated with membership, such as networking, educational and legislative services," Wallace said.
 The Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey is a not-for-profit private business corporation founded in 1873 and dedicated to enhancing the economic climate of the seven-county region by representing its 1,000-plus member companies on legislative issues, providing business- related programming, and by offering savings on products and services through group purchasing power.
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 /CONTACT: Christine Huntenburg, director of communications of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, 609-665-7900/


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