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Westchester Business Council Assists In Planning For Affordable Care Act

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – The Business Council of Westchester has been selected by the Community Service Society of New York to serve as a “navigator” to assist Westchester businesses in complying with the Affordable Care Act.

The business council’s new role will require it to hold one-on-one sessions designed to facilitate enrollment of uninsured New Yorkers into the New York Health Benefits Exchange.

“Time is running out and there is still a lot of confusion out there with regard to the Affordable Care Act and the New York Health Benefits Exchange,” said Marsha Gordon, president and chief executive officer of the council.  “We have been active in bringing overall information to businesses. As navigators we’ll be able to help individual businesses select the best plan for them.”

Businesses with more than 50 employees were recently granted a full-year extension that gives them until Jan. 1, 2015. However, most New Yorkers will see their changes take effect as scheduled on Jan. 1, 2014, a news release from the council said.

The Business Council of Westchester plans to hold a health care summit in October in White Plains as enrollment in the New York Health Benefits Exchange begins Oct. 1.

The Affordable Care Act requires that all states must set up a health-insurance exchange where individuals and businesses can shop for qualified health plans in the private market. The Business Council of Westchester is a subcontractor to the Community Service Society of New York, the nonprofit organization that was awarded a grant by the New York State Department of Health to provide in-person assistance and navigators at 350 sites in 61 counties statewide.

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