Delta Dental of N.J., AmeriHealth to launch member health insurance program with N.J. Chamber

Delta Dental of New Jersey and AmeriHealth are bringing their insurance expertise together to offer New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members group health, dental and vision plans, the three groups are announcing this week.

The program aims to provide a number of benefits for New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members, including:

  • Big-business benefits for small and large businesses;
  • Better dental pricing for small businesses than purchasing group benefits on your own;
  • Flexibility to choose the coverage you want;
  • One year’s chamber membership fee (covered with the purchase of an AmeriHealth plan).

Delta Dental of New Jersey CEO Dennis Wilson said the unique partnership is the perfect opportunity for Delta Dental to offer its comprehensive dental and vision benefits in one affordable package.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with AmeriHealth to extend these combined benefit offerings crucial to New Jerseyans’ overall health and well-being to members of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, one of the state’s leading chambers,” he said.

The coverage may be more extensive than many first realize, Wilson said.

Since dentists and optometrists are trained to detect numerous health conditions by observing early warning signs in the mouth and eyes, dentists and eye doctors often will be the first to see signs of systemic issues — and good oral health is vital to good overall health.

Michael Murphy, vice president of sales for AmeriHealth, agreed.

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The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Member Health Insurance Program with Delta Dental and AmeriHealth will start Jan. 1, 2024. Get more information here.

“We believe in providing a broad range of health plans that allow employers to offer affordable coverage and resources to help employees maximize their benefits and live healthier,” he said. “We are excited that our partnership with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce will bring members the added perk of a chamber membership fee waiver. It’s a win-win when we innovate together.”

Health insurance costs are climbing at the steepest rate in years, with costs for employer coverage expecting to surge around 7% for 2024 — and, for some, the increases are in the double digits.

Chamber CEO Tom Bracken said the need for better insurance coverage is a pressing issue in the state.

“The ability to provide health insurance to employees continues to be one of the top budgetary struggles for most New Jersey Chamber of Commerce member companies of all sizes,” he said. “That’s why the chamber is partnering with AmeriHealth and Delta Dental of New Jersey to offer affordable and quality health plans that chamber member companies can offer their employees.

“The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is constantly looking for ways to make membership more valuable to our members. And, it is our hope this latest member benefit does that for New Jersey companies.”