Business & Finance

Presentation on Health Insurance Enlightens Livingston Chamber Members

LACC members network over lunch at Livingston Senior and Community Center Credits: Danielle Santola

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The third edition of the Livingston Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch and Learn” series, sponsored by Ike’s Bagel Café on Tuesday at the Livingston Senior and Community Center, enlightened guests about “what the heck is going on” in health insurance.

A 30-minute presentation led by guest speaker Joseph Altomare, Exclusive Master Broker, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, explained what would happen with the repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, and how each of these scenarios would affect small-group health plans and individual health coverage.

“Also discussed was what Chris Christie was trying to do with the Horizon Blue Cross reserves and how it finally got resolved,” said LACC President Ira Drucks. “I asked Joe if he would come back some time in the future, when the Federal Government signs into law new health changes, to explain how the new laws would affect our members.”  

Sign Up for E-News

LACC member Bea Chaiklin of NJ Lenders Corp said the presentation was extremely well done and easy to follow.

“There were a lot of good questions and it was an easier format of how to understand what’s going on with insurance and what has happened over the last five years,” she said. “That was really important—I didn’t understand enough, but I do now.”

LACC Executive Director Beth Lippman agreed, stating that Altomare’s presentation was interesting and clarified a lot of her questions about health insurance and what’s going on with the ACA being repealed or replaced.

“It was very interesting and informative and for the first time I have a much better understanding of what’s going on,” she said.

The Lunch and Learn series was introduced this year as a way for the LACC to provide its members with more networking opportunities to accommodate their busy schedules. The lunchtime networking events, held on the last Tuesday of every month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., also feature a new guest speaker each month to give a 30-minute presentation focused on advanced topics and challenges common among established small businesses.

"The Lunch and Learn series is another way the LACC provides an opportunity to network and become informed about what is important to us as business folks in our community,” said Jan Press of Livingston’s Jan Press Photo Media. “The LACC now offers three options to meet—before work, lunchtime and after work—to meet your fellow Livingston business people. Come and join us…who knows, maybe you'll make some new friends and get some business too."

Drucks added that the Lunch and Learn series has added even more value to LACC memberships because it supplements the LACC’s regular resource breakfasts and after hours Chamber Meet-ups. 

“I hope to see more of our members at our next Lunch & Learn, as these speakers have a lot of information to help in making your business succeed,” said Drucks.

During his afternoon in Livingston, Altomare also encouraged his listeners to support 

“STOMP the Monster,” a 501©3 not-for-profit organization that provides financial and other support to cancer patients, their families and their caregivers—including transportation, gas money, food cards, assistance paying bills and more. STOMP the Monster, which is hosting its 2017 Ironman 70.3 in Atlantic City on Sept. 17, relies on the support of companies and individuals who give their time and effort to raise money.

To visit Altomare’s fundraising page, click HERE.

The next Lunch and Learn will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22 and will feature Arnon Amir, owner of GrowthPoint Business Consulting. He will give a presentation entitled, “How to Bring in New Employees and Give Them the Best Chance to Succeed.”

To register, email Beth Lippman at

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Deegan Dental Implant Special!

June 19, 2018


Deegan Dental is happy to announce our New Dental Implant Special Offer that will give you a reason to smile! Our New Special Offer, that expires 11/30/2018, covers a single Complete Tooth Replacement (including the Implant, Stock Abutment and E-max Crown) for only $2,200 per Implant; a Great Value ...

Free Smoothie 2-7 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friday, June 15, 2018 is National Flip Flop Day, created by Tropical Smoothie Cafe to celebrate their customers and kick-off their fundraising for Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.

From 2 to 7 p.m. June 15, get a free limited-edition Sunshine Smoothie when you wear flip flops to any of the 600-plus locations including the Livingston café!

No coupon or ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 7:00 PM


Flexibility in Retirement

Business & Finance


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018

Tue, July 17, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Organically Yours: a wellness experience with ...

Millburn's Peter Serruto Drafted by Cincinnati Reds

June 6, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Peter Serruto, who just completed his senior season at Millburn High School, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22d round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday.

Serruto was the 649th pick overall.

The 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed batter has been a defensive standout since he first suited up in a Millburn uniform as a freshman.

"Defensively, ...

Winners of 19th Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale Announced

June 20, 2018

WHIPPANY, NJ - Winners of the 19th annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale were announced at the Opening Reception on Sunday, June 10.   The show will run through Sunday, July 29 at the Gaelen Gallery West, Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany.

Awards were presented at the Opening Reception for Best in Show and Best /Honorable Mention in the following categories: ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...