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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 www.healthcare.gov. 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.


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,...

Practical Tips to Foster Equity, Inclusion and Diversity within Your Organization

February 8, 2022
Creating a culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity (collectively referred to as EID) is complex and challenging. Many companies struggle to take the first step or may be limited by a lack of resources or time. But the journey to a culture that embraces EID and uses it to create healthier, safer and more inclusive work environments can begin with a few simple steps. Read more in our recent joint article with the Baltimore Business Journal. ---- 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...

A Better Way to Manage Your Health Care Costs & More from Kaiser Permanente

December 8, 2021
Join The Next Town Hall! Our next member Town Hall will take place on December 15th at 12:30 pm. This month's session, "A Look Ahead to 2022" will discuss Kaiser Permanente as a leader in the future of medicine. Register here . Getting Health Plan Costs Under Control Your budget is important to your business. And as health care costs continue to rise, maintaining a competitive benefits package while keeping costs in check is becoming more challenging than ever. A fresh look at health care At the core, what do you think a health care partner should deliver? With our coordinated,...

What’s Good For Employees Is Good For Business & More from Kaiser Permanente

November 4, 2021
Employees are your company’s greatest asset. Keeping them safe, healthy, and engaged is where business leaders like you thrive. But as we face more potential surges in COVID-19 cases, it's important to make sure you are doing all you can to support the health and safety of your workforce — whether they’re working remotely, on-site, or both. Want to learn more? Download the Kaiser Permanente playbook, " Create a safe, flexible workplace: Setting your business up for success during the COVID-19 pandemic." Kaiser Permanente Recognized as Highest-rated Health Plan...

Open Enrollment Starts November 1st for Health Insurance Coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

October 28, 2021
DC Health Link , the District of Columbia's Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace, offers 25 different health plans for District residents to fit all budgets. There are PPOs, POSs, and HMOs—low and high deductibles—and HSA compatible plans from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente. Fifteen of the 25 plans even cover medical services without having to first pay your deductible, including urgent care, specialists (including mental health), primary care, and generic medication. All District residents qualify for coverage through DC Health Link and may...

Kaiser Permanente Members: Flu Shots Now Available Through Participating Retail Pharmacies

October 12, 2021
From now through March 31, 2022, Kaiser Permanente members can get a flu shot at no additional cost from multiple retail locations, including Walgreens, CVS Health, and Walmart. This is in addition to the Kaiser Permanente flu clinics options that are currently available to members. This means that Kaiser Permanente is offering 5 easy ways to get a flu shot: Drive-thru clinic (appointment required) - Now through November 30, members can use our new, convenient way to get a flu shot. They don’t even have to leave their car. An appointment is required. Medical center clinic (appointment...

Mayor Bowser’s Emergency COVID-19 Relief at Work Keeping District Residents and Small Businesses Covered with Quality Health Insurance

October 6, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021 CONTACT: LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011; latoya.foster@dc.gov Mayor Bowser’s Emergency COVID-19 Relief at Work Keeping District Residents and Small Businesses Covered with Quality Health Insurance (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that thousands of DC residents and small businesses with DC Health Link coverage have had their past-due health insurance premiums paid thanks to a local program using American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief funds for cities and states. Of the $15 million relief fund established by...Read more

Kaiser Permanente In the Community | Facebook Live: The Flu Vaccine In The Age of COVID

September 10, 2021
Did you know our #PermanenteMedicine experts have done a series of Facebook Lives on important community health topics? In the latest session, a panel of physicians discussed the flu vaccine and its importance as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look and hear answers to questions like: Can you have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time? Why do you need a flu shot every year? How do physicians advise families in diverse neighborhoods who may be hesitant to be vaccinated? What do immunocompromised individuals need to know about getting a flu vaccine? Follow Mid Atlantic...

A Small Business Owner’s FAQ Guide to Offering Health Benefits

August 10, 2021
To a small business owner, navigating the must-have’s and the nice-to-have’s of health benefits can seem daunting. Are you required to offer health care to your staff? How much will that cost you? Do the benefits of employee-sponsored health coverage outweigh the costs? While the circumstances and specific requirements may differ from business to business, at Kaiser Permanente we know that health coverage isn’t just a benefit to the employee, but also to the business owner. Because healthier employees lead to a healthier bottom line. In a recent article in partnership with...

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