The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce recently traveled to Albany to attend the Chamber Alliance of New York State Winter Conference.
Suzanne Raby, director of finance and health benefits, was sent to represent the Chamber of Commerce. She participated in workshops on business development as well as new initiatives that will take place in health care.
The CANYS 2013 Winter Conference took place in conjunction with the Business Council of New York State 2013 Legislative Reception. Raby was able to meet with legislators from all over New York state, including Assemblyman John Ceretto.
Jennifer Pauly, president of the Chamber of Commerce, was glad to send representation.
"With the changes forthcoming in health care, it was important that we sent Suzanne to this conference," Pauly said. "Speaking with other chamber executives and NYS legislators on updates regarding the NYS health exchange helps the chamber staff and board of directors become proactive in developing strategies to help our members."
Raby has been a part of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce since 1995 (including work with the Greater Lewiston Business and Professional Association).
"With 17 years of experience, I have seen health care in NYS make many changes over the years," Raby said. "One of the major topics of discussion was the upcoming changes and benefits of the NYS Health Exchange. There will be many options available to consumers, and we are excited to help our community and business members as navigators of this program.
"Spring of this year, the chamber staff will be attending many training sessions and seminars to become educated of the systems and procedures. The New York State Exchange website will be live on Oct. 1, 2013, with enrollment beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
"I also had the opportunity to meet with other chamber executives throughout New York state in many brainstorming sessions. I learned new ways of how they connect with their membership and the benefits that they offer. We have already begun to brainstorm and create new programs, as well as additional benefit enhancements for our members. We are eager to help our membership grow and remain actively involved within the community."
Pictured: Suzanne Raby, director of finance and health benefits for the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, visited Assemblyman John Ceretto's office while she was in Albany. Ceretto was in session at the time, but the legislator's staff let Raby get a little work done in his place.