July Member News

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share, email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Samantha Chandler, at Schandler@ColumbiaMOChamber.com.

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Improve I-70 construction begins July 8 with nightly lane closures between Columbia and Kingdom City 
Expect nightly single lane closures on I-70 between Callaway County Routes J and M 

BOONE COUNTY – Construction on the first project within MoDOT’s Statewide Improve I-70 Program (Columbia to Kingdom City) is set to begin on Monday, July 8. Crews will begin work on Interstate 70 between Callaway County Route J/Millersburg mile marker 137 and Callaway Count Route M/Hatton mile marker 144. For the next few weeks, motorists can expect to see various nightly single-lane closures in this area of I-70 in each direction, Mondays through Saturdays. Lane closures will begin at 7 p.m. each evening and continue until approximately 6 a.m. the next morning.  

Crews will be completing the operations below beginning in the westbound direction, followed by eastbound: 

  • Shoulder strengthening. 
  • Milling and striping. 
  • Barrier wall installation.  

Some work zones will be set up with coned off lanes and other work will use truck/trailer-mounted attenuators in a slow-moving operation. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention in work zones. Buckle Up. Phone Down. 

This work is part of the first project within MoDOT’s Statewide Improve I-70 Program, Improve I-70: Columbia to Kingdom City, which will add a third lane of travel in each direction to the 20-mile stretch of I-70 between U.S. Route 63 (Columbia) and U.S. Route 54 (Kingdom City). This $405 million fixed-cost contract includes new pavement on all three lanes of I-70 and will also make interchange improvements to the I-70 interchanges at Route 63 and Route 54. Construction is scheduled for completion in late 2027. 

Missouri’s FY2024 budget from the General Assembly signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson provides $2.8 billion in General Revenue for the costs to build a third lane of I-70 across the state. The program will plan, design, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, and add a third lane in each direction on nearly 200 miles of I-70, from Blue Springs to Wentzville. For more information on the Improve I-70 Program and to sign up for program e-mails, visit http://www.modot.org/improvei70

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Starting on June 1, Missourians who participate in the Chamber Benefit Plan will be able to utilize a new benefit called a Health Payment Account (HPA). Created by Paytient— a Columbia, Missouri, based technology company— HPAs offer plan members the ability to access and pay for health care by smoothing out of pocket expenses over time.

This collaboration means members can seek earlier treatment, diagnostic care and medications vital for chronic condition management before their deductible is met. In a 2024 survey of Paytient users, 54% of respondents said that they would have skipped some or all care without their Paytient card. The card can be used to pay both medical and pharmacy costs, and each transaction can be turned into a personalized repayment plan with no interest or fees.

Paytient will be available to nearly 45,000 Missourians through the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Chamber Benefit Plan. Members will gain access upon their renewal date starting June 1, with additional members gaining access on September 1, 2024, and March 1, 2025. The Chamber Benefit Plan provides health insurance to small- and mid-sized employers through a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) model. This model enables small businesses to join together and share in the overall claims risk by being part of a larger self-funded pool.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with Anthem and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, here in our home state, to help more Missourians more easily get care, improve their health and avoid preventable financial harm,” said Paytient’s founder and CEO, Brian Whorley. “We thank them for their leadership in recognizing it’s no longer enough to insure against catastrophic care— we must ensure access and an easier way to pay for everyday care whenever members may need it.”

Paytient has maintained a 90+ Net Promoter Score (NPS) and 4.9 stars on Trustpilot with glowing reviews. This experience creates value for employers as 64% of Paytient user respondents reported feeling more likely to keep their job and 92% were more satisfied with their health benefits overall.

“We are excited to partner with Paytient to offer this added benefit to nearly 4,000 covered groups,” said Brendan Cossette, plan administrator for the Chamber Benefit Plan. “Members tell us frequently how the Chamber Benefit Plan has stabilized and reduced their insurance costs while offering great coverage for their employees. This valuable partnership will further improve our members’ physical and financial health.”

The Chamber Benefit Plan is offered across Missouri to businesses with 2-50 eligible employees and administered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri.

“Anthem is proud of our long relationship with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and we are committed to innovative solutions to encourage members to access the health care they need, when they need it,” said Anthem president Stephanie Vojicic. “Paytient’s HPA is the next generation of financial tools that can help keep members in better control of their health care.”

To learn more about the Chamber Benefit Plan and find a certified broker, visit mochamber.com/benefits.


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