Weirton opts out of insurance

Program raised concerns with officials

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce will not be participating in a health insurance program it helped to unveil Friday after concerns were raised in recent days.

The decision was announced in a statement issued Monday evening by Weirton Chamber President Brenda Mull.

“After further review, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to terminate indefinitely its participation in the Chamber Benefits Plan offered through the Health Plan,” the statement reads. “We discovered that not all parties being affected by the plan were consulted and much uncertainty exists as to how the plan would function.”

The health insurance program is set to be offered through the Health Plan of Wheeling as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

Through the Health Plan, the insurance program will be offered through participating chambers of commerce in West Virginia to businesses with fewer than 100 employees. It has been approved through the state insurance department.

Health Plan officials, during Friday’s announcement, admitted the plan would not be the best option for all businesses, but said approximately 60 percent would benefit.