Health insurance meetings start Monday in Charleston

Benefits of Healthcare Reform on Small Businesses Focal Point of South Carolina Listening Tours
New Small Business Health Plan Rolls Out
Free events beginning Aug. 29 open to all small businesses; chance for entrepreneurs to learn about new law and share ideas about how to implement it in South Carolina.  Plus information on new small business health plan.
Columbia, South Carolina, Aug. 25, 2011—The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC), in conjunction with small business advocacy organization Small Business Majority, will host interactive events starting August 29 on healthcare reform’s benefits to South Carolina small businesses and the state’s role in implementation.
Also at the meetings details of a new small business health plan will be announced.  The SCSBCC has partnered with the Carolina Care Plan to offer a highly competitive health insurance for small businesses.  Plan benefits and rate information will be available at the meetings.
The free events, which are open to all small business owners, will feature a panel of small business experts and advocates discussing the topics in the new law most relevant to small businesses. These include small business tax credits, the state’s work setting up a health insurance exchange, wellness grants and cost containment. It will also give small business owners a chance to provide the panel ideas and suggestions on how to proceed with implementing healthcare reform in South Carolina. A question and answer period will follow the panel discussion.
“There have been many reforms to our healthcare system over the past year, both nationally and in South Carolina,” said Frank Knapp, president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce. “It’s important that small business owners hear about how many of the new healthcare law’s business-friendly provisions can help, and also for them to tell us what the state can do to make healthcare reform work for them.”  
Additional panelists include Jessica Stone, outreach manager at Small Business Majority and Lee Long with Gibson & Associates.
 “We believe it’s important for small business owners in South Carolina to learn more about healthcare reform and how it affects them,” said Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer. “This interactive dialogue is a great way for them to get the information they need to take advantage of and comply with key provisions of the new law, and for us to get feedback on their thoughts and concerns.”
“The new health plan is just another one of our efforts to help make this employee benefit more affordable for small businesses,” said Knapp.
To register and find additional details about the events, click on the corresponding link below:
To register: Contact Sheila Starkey at or (803) 252-5733
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Location: West Columbia City Hall, New Brooklyn Room, 200 N 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169-6458
Time: 6-8pm
To register: Contact Sheila Starkey at or (803) 252-5733
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Location: Greenville County Library, 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC
Time: 6-8pm
To register: Contact Sheila Starkey at or (803) 252-5733

About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority is a national nonpartisan small business advocacy organization founded and run by small business owners and focused on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today. We speak for the nearly 28 million Americans who are self-employed or own businesses of up to 100 employees. Our organization sponsors scientific research that guides us to understand and advocate on behalf of the interests of small businesses across the country.


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