Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce are taking their relationship to the next level.

After 15 years of partnership, the two entities have announced the arrival of the ChamberCare Health Alliance to connect small businesses with health insurance offerings that work best for them and their employees.

This new alliance will allow businesses with between two and 50 employees to be part of a larger, self-funded plan with rates that are often only saved for larger corporations.

“This is going to be a true game-changer for so many organizations,” Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber president and CEO, said in a statement. “The most competitive rates possible, flexibility in choice of benefit plans and automatic membership in the Wellness Council of Indiana will help employers better control their health care expenditures both today and in the long term.”

Employers can access ChamberCare as long as they maintain its membership with the Chamber.

Donor Network pounds the pavement

On Aug. 24, Purdue University Fort Wayne hosted the annual Indiana Donor Network Foundation’s Fort Wayne 5K race.

Transplant recipients, families of donors and other donation supporters rallied for the race to increase awareness for the estimated 1,300 Hoosiers waiting on their life-saving donor and encourage people to have the conversation about becoming an organ donor.

“Events like this help spread this lifesaving message in the community,” Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and CEO, said in a statement. “We want people to know that anyone can be a donor hero by registering their decision and speaking with their family.”

Funds were also raised during the 5K race to help support organizations like the Indiana Donor’s Angel Fund that helps cover costs for transplant patients.

Dumbacher takes on

programming role at Run Hard, Rest Well

Columbia City native, Stacey Dumbacher, has been selected as the new director of programs for Run Hard, Rest Well, an organization focused on encouraging balance between “work, rest and rhythm.”

Per an announcement from RHRW, its reach has expanded to 10,000 participants from 150 or so organizations, requiring additional employees to promote its message of creating healthier and happier workplaces.

As director of programs, Dumbacher will help develop additional program and curriculum to establish facilitator training across the country.

Chelsea Boulrisse is an experienced reporter who primarily covers health care and the medical device industry. You can send information for her weekly column to cboulrisse@kpcmedia.com or call 260-426-2640, ext. 3307.

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