In 1994, a group of local business leaders came together faced with a common, concerning problem: the need for affordable healthcare coverage for small and medium-sized employers. These businesses realized that as single employers they had no protection from rising rates, no negotiating power and no one to listen. However, when they joined together as a group they had strength in numbers.
Thanks to the support of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, ECHI was formed. This powerful alliance had the ear of local health insurance providers and understood the concerns of many local business leaders. As a result, new relationships were formed with insurance companies, benefits providers, and local insurance brokers, enabling ECHI members to receive benefits equivalent to those of larger employers.
Today, ECHI has over 100 members with nearly 1,500 lives covered by its health insurance contracts. Plus, organizational benefits have been expanded to include valuable services such as discounted employee benefits and an online healthcare information center.
Why Choose ECHI?
As a business owner, you understand that providing employee benefits is important for attracting and retaining qualified workers as well as keeping your workforce healthy – helping to ensure higher productivity. Unfortunately, in today’s complex and ever-changing healthcare climate offering health benefits can be difficult for businesses of all sizes.
Formed more than 20 years ago, this wholly owned subsidiary of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce offers both large and small businesses access to quality group health insurance. ECHI can help any size company, including solopreneurs, find a combination of benefits to fit the specific needs of your group.
As a business owner or operator, your focus is on building your business. Let ECHI help you with healthcare benefits.
ECHI understands your need to attract and retain employees with health benefits. We also realize unpredictable rate increases can be devastating to business. That’s why ECHI offers access to affordable healthcare coverage, support services and an online resource center to improve the organizational health and better the bottom line of its members. Our offerings include:
- Premier healthcare coverage through Health Alliance Medical Plans, providing access to local providers including Advocate Medical Group and OSF HealthCare System.
- Healthcare cost stability and protection through negotiation, communication and support.
- Assistance from licensed, local insurance brokers at no extra cost.
Members of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce are automatically qualified to participate in ECHI.
Employers can enroll in ECHI at any time. If you are considering switching insurance carriers or purchasing benefits, it is best to start at least one month in advance to allow plenty of time to consider your options.