By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Learn more about the 2023 roll out Chamber Blue of Kansas
Great Bend chamber logo NEW.jpg

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce announces a new partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas (CCEKS). This partnership stitches together 30 other local Chambers of Commerce across Kansas to offer an Association Health Plan called Chamber Blue of Kansas.

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and all chambers involved in this partnership realize and recognize that recruiting and retaining talent is vital for business and industry of all sizes, especially small businesses. Having access to trusted health insurance benefits is a crucial piece to that success. According to SBA statistics, small businesses equate to over 99.1% of all businesses in Kansas with a combined total of 605,147 small business employees in Kansas. 

An Association Health Plan is a type of group medical insurance for organizations that allow smaller companies to access the health insurance savings associated with large group medical coverage. Through this, small business, non-profits, and organizations can band together to purchase insurance. That allows more people in the pool, which lowers risk across the pool, and provides more health insurance options, potentially with much more competitive premiums.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of KS has the largest provider network in Kansas with 99% of physicians in-network, and 100% of hospitals in network. BCBSKS also provides a very robust package of health care solutions like their HealthyOptions program, which is a powerful set of services, tools, and one-on-one support to live a healthy life at no extra cost as a BCBSKS member.

Interested business owners, non-profits, and organizations are encouraged to attend one of three information sessions to be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, with a BYOLunch & Learn (Bring Your Own Lunch, drinks and dessert will be provided), 2-3 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., and 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room located at 1125 Williams St. The partnership will continue to host information sessions and answer questions with the goal of all interested organizations completing an interest survey during August. The initial rates will be determined in September based on groups/businesses that have completed the survey and plans will become effective January 1, 2023.

For more information regarding the qualification criteria and more interested parties are asked to visit or contact the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce by phone at 620-792-2401 or by email at