THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Oct. 8 The small business sector isone of the fastest growing segments of California's economy, however, manysmall business owners believe they cannot afford to provide their employeeswith health insurance. Blue Cross of California has just made it easier forsmall business owners to navigate the health care arena and find the mostaffordable products for their employees with the launch of a new online toolcalled Click4Biz.
In an effort to make the enrollment process easier for small businessowners, Blue Cross has created a new website,http://www.bluecrossca.com/click4biz, that provides instant online quotes forsmall business owners, as well as offer them the chance to enroll theiremployees right away.
"We know small business owners want to provide their employees with healthinsurance but find the current industry processes cumbersome," said MaryFloyd, vice president of agency sales for Blue Cross. "Blue Cross isresponding to this need by making health care coverage easier to understandand afford through Click4Biz, which features a faster quoting mechanism and amore convenient enrollment process."
Click4Biz was designed to facilitate enrollment by makingcomparison-shopping convenient. Small businesses provide basic informationabout the size of their businesses and their insurance needs on-line. Thesystem navigates through Blue Cross' catalog of product lines to compare costeffective options and appropriate coverage for employees of that business andthen provides it back to the business owner's computer. Click4Biz thenprovides small business employees with access to the website for the purposesof inputting their own individualized enrollment information.
The new online tool at http://www.bluecrossca.com/click4biz provides smallbusinesses with a choice between a variety of PPO and HMO options withguaranteed fixed rates through their EmployeeElect, EmployeeChoice, andBeneFits portfolios. Coverage is customized to include dental, vision, andlife insurance at a cost that helps enable small businesses to provide theiremployees with peace of mind when it comes to all their health care needs.
About Blue Cross of California:
Blue Cross of California is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP).WellPoint, Inc. is the nation's largest Medicaid managed care organization andthe largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company in terms ofmembership in the United States. WellPoint, Inc. is an independent licensee ofthe Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the BlueCross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee forColorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia(excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; andthrough HealthLink and UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint isavailable at http://www.wellpoint.com.
SOURCE Blue Cross of California