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In March of 2010, the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was signed into law by President Obama. As the ACA is implemented, the restaurant industry will be significantly impacted. From individuals to families, and small business with 50 or fewer employees to large, multi-unit employers with hundreds of employees, the new healthcare benefit landscape will certainly affect you and your employees.

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance marketplaces have been established at both the state and national level to facilitate the purchase of health insurance for individuals, families and businesses. Where you go to sign up for healthcare depends on where you live or operate your business. In the District of Columbia, RAMW is partnering with the DC Health Link to get restaurant employees, owners and operators the information they need to sign up and stay in compliance with the law. Those operators with businesses in Virginia and who are looking to purchase coverage for their employees, will need to visit In Maryland, operators who are looking to purchase coverage for their employees may visit Maryland's Health Benefit Exchange.

RAMW is working to ensure that restaurant owners and operators, and their employees receive information on healthcare developments in a timely and efficient manner.

Broker + Business Connect: Q&A Sessions for DC Small Business Owners & Operators

March 19, 2024 to September 30, 2024
Are you a small business owner looking to offer health insurance to your employees? Broker + Business Connect is an initiative by RAMW to help connect small businesses to a health insurance broker that will assist with each step of the enrollment process. While building a successful restaurant business is hard work, finding affordable, quality health insurance for your business doesn’t have to be. RAMW can help with the challenges of finding and getting health coverage. Meet with experts during our 30-minute Broker+Business Connect Q&A session, our open forum virtual webinar,...

Keep Your Small Business Healthy with Coverage Through DC Health Link

November 16, 2023
DC Health Link, the District of Columbia's Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace, offers many different health plans to meet every need and budget. Enrollment is easy, and expert help is available. Annual Special Offer for Coverage Starting January 1 To make sure every DC business can cover its employees, we offer special flexibility for employers starting coverage on January 1st. Employers offering coverage starting January 1st do not have to meet the following standard eligibility requirements: Fifty percent minimum employer contribution toward employee premiums, and Minimum...

Mayor Bowser Encourages Residents to Get Covered During 2024 Open Enrollment Period

November 1, 2023
PRESS RELEASE DC Health Link Open Enrollment Begins Today, Runs Through January 31, 2024; Monthly Premiums Start as Low as $13/Month FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2023 CONTACT Susana Castillo (EOM) – (202) 727-5011; Adam Hudson (DCHBX) – (202) 527-5622; (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, as the 2024 Open Enrollment period begins, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health Link encourage residents to sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance at , the District’s online state-based health insurance marketplace. Open...Read more

Prioritize a Healthy Workface, Virtual Care Webinar and More from Kaiser Permanente

February 17, 2023
Care Excellence Prioritize a healthy workforce with access to virtual care Millions of users have now experienced and embraced what telehealth has to offer. Many won’t go back to traditional ways of getting care, including your employees. To meet the evolving preferences of your workforce, you should offer a health plan with connected virtual care options. Learn what to look for in a virtual care partner in this article. Register for the March 15 webinar on virtual care The next edition of the Kaiser Permanente Health Views for Business webinar series, “Virtual Care: Innovations...

How to Identify Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder, Help Getting Through Dry January and More from Kaiser Permanente

January 12, 2023
Care Excellence Here's how to identify signs of seasonal affective disorder Shorter days this time of year may cause the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder in some. Andrew Davis, MD, a psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente, discusses its symptoms, including oversleeping, lower energy, mood changes, and feeling more depressed. How Skin Care For Men Is Changing Over the last 20 years, skin care has become more mainstream for men. Tola Oyesanya, MD, a dermatologist, joined WTOP to share some simple products men can use on their skin that require fewer steps. Health Tips Need Help...

Add-On Care Options, Flu Season Prepardeness, Promoting Equity In Underrepresented Communities & More from Kaiser Permanente

September 12, 2022
Business Strategy Reminder! Health Views for Business - September 27th Don't forget! The next session in the Health Views for Business series, Managing Cancer Care in the Workplace, takes place on September 27. Register here to find out how encouraging preventive cancer care can not only have an impact on employees, but also have a positive impact on businesses. Employer Tools & Resources Support Your Total Health With Our Add-On Care Options Kaiser Permanente members have access to a broad range of care options. Take a look at our More Choice for More Care guide to learn about a...

Preventing Heat Related Illness, Dial 988, Worksite Flu Clinics Coming This Fall & More from Kaiser Permanente

August 3, 2022
Preventing Heat-Related Illness As temperatures rise in the DMV area, people need to be aware of the dangers of heat-related illnesses. Singh, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente, shared with @WJLA viewers how conducting everyday activities in extreme heat can make people’s hearts work much harder and people need to be more cautious in elevated temperatures. Dr. Mettassebia Kanno on the Omicron BA.5 Subvariant As the BA.5 omicron subvariant of COVID-19 appears to evade immunity, people want to better understand how to protect themselves. Mettassebia Kanno, MD, an...

Heat Emergency Safety, LGBTQ-Focused Practice In D.C. & More from Kaiser Permanente

June 7, 2022
Heat waves can make people sick with heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. As the DMV has recently experienced a potentially dangerous heat wave, Jason Singh, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente, shared with WTOP the warning signs of heat-related illnesses, treatment, and when to call 911. Kaiser Permanente Unveils LGBTQ-Focused Practice In D.C. Kaiser Permanente has launched Pride Medical at Capitol Hill Medical Center ; a new inclusive medical center devoted to meeting the unique health care needs of LGBTQ+ patients. Keith Egan, MD, an internal medicine physician at...

Health Views For Business: Virtual Care

April 15, 2022
In case you missed it, our first quarter webinar, "Health Views For Business", focused on virtual care. Deb Friesen, MD, MBA, FACP hosted industry leaders to discuss innovation in telehealth and what that means to both businesses and patients. Watch the recording of the session to hear answers to questions like: What is telehealth? What problem does virtual care solve for both patients and employers? What medical conditions can be handled virtually? Why is coordination of care important? And to see what our next sessions have in store, see the full calendar of events here . How To...

Make Healthy Living Part of Every Workday

March 8, 2022
Any business, no matter how small, can create a workplace culture that encourages healthy lifestyles. It involves offering programs that support healthier behaviors, educating employees about health issues, and making health-related objectives part of your corporate policy. Take a look at our tips for creating a culture of health in your workplace. ---- The restaurant business is rewarding but tough. Operators need a health care plan that works as hard as they do. That’s why RAMW has partnered with USI Insurance Services and Kaiser Permanente to develop a plan that is flexible,...