Below is an excerpt from a story that ran yesterday in The State that talks about the successful roll out of the Health Insurance Marketplace that started November 15th. The South Carolina Small Business Chamber is part of the Palmetto Project’s statewide efforts to promote and facilitate our citizens receiving health insurance coverage through the Marketplace. Our role is to reach out and educate our small business owners about the health insurance opportunities under the Affordable Care Act.
Brabham Oil understands the value helping their employees with health insurance both through the companies health plan for full-time employees and the Marketplace for part-time employees.
Contact Brad Zaba at 803-252-5733 or email@example.com to see how the South Carolina Small Business Chamber can help you and your employees with affordable health insurance. You can also go to our website for more information specifically about the Small Business Opportunities Program (SHOP).
November 23, 2014
Federal health insurance marketplace starts much better in SC on second try
By JOEY HOLLEMAN
“Everything seems to be moving along well,” said Shelli Quenga, who is directing the Palmetto Project’s statewide navigator program. She said most of those enrolling through the nonprofit group are new to the federal insurance marketplace.
She pointed to an enrollment effort for employees of Brabham Oil, a Bamberg-based company that owns convenience stores and sandwich and pizza franchises throughout the Lowcountry. The company paid for the employees’ time to speak with their group insurance broker for full-time employees and navigators from Palmetto Project for part-time employees.
Teresa Hannibal, human resources director at Brabham Oil, said about half of the company’s employees work part time and don’t qualify for the company’s health insurance policy. Brabham’s insurance provider recommended the company stage an event to help their part-time employees find out about the federal marketplace plans.
“We were trying to protect them in any way we could,” Hannibal said. “It’s all about educating people about what’s out there.”
The Palmetto Project helped some employees enroll for subsized federal marketplace policies as well as apply for Medicaid for their children. Quenga envisioned the Brabham Oil event as a model for other companies with many part-time workers. It also marked a major step forward for the Palmetto Project’s enrollment effort.