Press Enterprise Hosts Business After Hours

Last week, members and non-members gathered at the Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg to network, catch up with business leaders, tour the building and printing presses, and enjoy refreshments from Ponduce Farms. Representatives were on hand to talk about the various services offered by Press Enterprise, beyond production of the daily paper. Attendees also had the opportunity to win free business card printing and other raffles.

Member News – June 15, 2022

Bring Your Dogs to Celebrate the Official Opening of the Bloomsburg Dog Park

It’s the dog days of summer! Bring your pups to celebrate the official opening of the Bloomsburg Dog Park. The location is between East 13th & Catherine Street on Saturday, June 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will also be a plethora of local vendors at the park to make the day more enjoyable.


United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties is Hosting Summer Recovery Picnic

On Thursday, June 16th at 11:00 a.m., the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties is sponsoring the Summer Recovery Picnic at the Briar Creek Lake in Berwick. The event’s main goal is to bring the community together to uplift and support those in recovery and celebrate the dedication of service providers and community members who make recovery in all its forms possible. In addition to free food, live music, and personal stories of recovery, community organizations will be present to share resources for individuals and families who may be experiencing substance use disorder. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Click here to reserve your spot.

Leadership Central Penn (LCP) is Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2022-23

LCP is a nine-month program designed to educate, involve, and motivate a select group of area residents for positions of leadership.  The goals are to seek a diverse group or individuals with an interest in assuming effective leadership roles in their organizations and our communities.  Participants in the program are chosen based on their commitment to the community and their demonstrated leadership potential. Click here to learn more and apply.

Coalition to Stop Interstate Bridge Tolling Holds Rally

The No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition held a rally on Wednesday, June 8 on the front steps of the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg to call on the Wolf Administration and PennDOT to scrap the tolling proposal and work with organizations and stakeholders to find sustainable and equitable long-term solutions to funding Pennsylvania’s infrastructure needs. While a Commonwealth Court Judge has issued a temporary injunction on the process, PennDOT has appealed. The rally included remarks from state legislators, county officials, statewide business organizations, local chambers, and economic development entities who oppose Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s P3 Major Bridge Tolling Initiative.

The following individuals spoke at the rally:

Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr., Chair, Senate Transportation Committee
Sen. Scott Hutchinson, Chair, Senate Finance Committee
Sen. Devlin Robinson, Vice Chair, Senate Law & Justice Committee
Sen. Lisa Baker, Vice Chair, Senate Labor & Industry Committee
Rep. Donna Oberlander, House Majority Whip
Rep. Sheryl Delozier, Chair, House Children & Youth Committee
Rep. Doyle Heffley, House Transportation Committee
Cumberland County Commissioner Jean Foschi
Cumberland County Commissioner Vince DiFilippo
Rebecca Oyler, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association
Greg Moreland, Pennsylvania State Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses
Katherine Hetherington Cunfer, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
John Stroup, former Mayor of Clarion
John Zurgarek, White Haven Borough Council

Video from the event is available on Facebook. (link to: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3302906893319226 )

The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is a member of the No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition and offered comments at a recent public hearing related to the Nescopeck Creek Bridges in lower Luzerne County.

 

Stand-Alone HRAs: A Fit For Your Group

Regulations passed in 2019 permit employers regardless of size to offer an individual coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA) as an alternative to offering a traditional health insurance plan.  The versatility of an ICHRA, employees can utilize pre-tax dollars to purchase health care coverage or pay for qualified medical expenses, such as out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and coinsurance.

Although an ICHRA is available for groups of any size, it’s up to each employer to determine if the ICHRA presents a strategy that will work for their particular circumstances and benefit objectives.  Over the first two years of its existence, these programs have become increasingly popular as an alternative to the traditional, direct contribution model. 

An employee who elects to participate in an ICHRA offered through their employer must enroll (along with any covered dependents) in either individual health care coverage (through the Marketplace or through a private plan) or in Medicare Parts A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Medical Insurance) or Part C (Medicare Advantage).  Short term plans and limited benefit programs like dental or vision do not fulfill these coverage requirements.

It is necessary that coverage in one of the required programs start by the time the employee’s individual ICHRA begins.  And if the employee and any dependents are already enrolled in individual health insurance coverage at the time their ICHRA becomes effective, there’s no need to change that coverage.  Likewise, if someone is already enrolled in Medicare Part A, Part B or Part C, their enrollment will satisfy the ICHRA requirement.

The Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce offers its members access to My Benefit Advisor as a solution for employee benefits, including voluntary offerings. For more information about My Benefit Advisor, visit our website at cmcc.mybenefitadvisor.com or contact Stephen Lylo at (800) 377-3539.