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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.

Association offers discount drug card, telemedicine programs to members

April 2, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association As Covid-19 rages on, telemedicine is a viable treatment option, while access to discounted prescriptions is always a great benefit. The National Restaurant Association is offering two programs to help members and their employees stay healthy and safe. Through its new partner, Healthiest You, the Association is making a telemedicine option available to its members. The service is $7/month per employee. There are no co-pays, and all family members can use the service. Those interested in participating in the telemedicine option can contact...

DC Residents Without Health Insurance Can Get Covered Now

March 23, 2020
ATTENTION DC RESIDENTS: You can now enroll in private health insurance even though open enrollment is over. As part of DC Health Link 's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, they are offering a special enrollment period to allow those who are uninsured to enroll in private health insurance now. You can also apply for Medicaid at any time. ENROLL NOW Find out more about how DC Health Link and our health insurance plans are making sure you can get the care you need for COVID-19 .

How Do You Create A Culture of Safety at Your Restaurant? Here Are 8 Ways

January 21, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association When an employee at your restaurant is injured, everyone gets hurt, including the business owner. Building a culture of safety is key to reversing the trend. When an employee at your restaurant is injured, everyone gets hurt, including the business owner. For starters, medical bills and insurance premiums go up, and employee morale goes down. For those of you wondering what you can do to prevent this, building a culture of safety is key to reversing the trend. When an accident happens, it costs money to bounce back. It makes sense to build...

Good Benefits Attract and Keep Restaurant Employees

November 19, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Full-timers especially are looking for a full plate of benefits. Tiered health-care plans, tuition reimbursement, even tattoos are in the offing. Good benefits are a badge of honor in the restaurant industry: “Get benefits worth bragging about,” touts a listing for one restaurant company’s management position. “If you aren't offering benefits to managers, you aren’t going to get them,” says restaurant consultant and accountant Rick Braa, owner of AMP Services LLP, Seattle. Braa works with nearly 200...

Why You Should Build Your Business wIth Self-Care in Mind

September 23, 2019
Original content c/o: James Beard Foundation Written by Stacy Carroll James Beard Foundation director of Impact programs Stacy Carroll explains why prioritizing self-care is an important part of building a strong business, and how we're integrating that philosophy into our Owning It program to help support hundreds of women entrepreneurs across the country. Photo: Clay Williams Over the last year, we’ve traveled to Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix with our Owning It program in support of emerging entrepreneurs, and we’ve heard from hundreds of women about what...

Restaurateurs Tell White House of Health Plan Success

May 13, 2019
After years of looking for affordable insurance coverage for employees, smaller operators say it is starting to get a little easier. National Restaurant Association After years of searching for affordable ways to provide health insurance coverage to their employees, smaller restaurant operators say it is starting to get a little easier, thanks to their access to the National Restaurant Association’s ‘ Benefit Trust ’ insurance initiative. At a May 8 White House policy workshop, Roberta Montelione, chef of Milan Catering in Sarasota and Tampa, Fla., told members of the...

National Restaurant Association Launches Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust

April 3, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Restaurant Association announced the launch of the Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust Health Plan, insured and serviced by UnitedHealthcare. The National Restaurant Association and UnitedHealthcare formed a strategic alliance that offers exclusive health care solutions and pricing to member businesses – including small, midsize and large employers. “Restaurant employees are our greatest asset and we want to ensure that they receive the best health care available. This is why the Restaurant & Hospitality...Read more

Get Your Flu & COVID Vaccines Ahead of Holiday Gatherings, New D.C. LGBTQ & Springfield Medical Centers & More from Kaiser Permanente

December 16, 2022
In The Community Adolescents Are Ditching Alcohol for Cannabis at a High Rate New research shows that alcohol abuse among adolescents is diminishing while cannabis misuse is on the rise. Joseph Tasosa, MD, a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente, joined Healthline to discuss the harmful effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain, including psychosis and anxiety attacks. World AIDS Day Reminds Experts of Progress in Fighting HIV/AIDS Despite the tremendous advances made in treating HIV and AIDS, there is more work that can be done. Monica, Gahunia, MD, an...

The Inflation Reduction Act Lowers Health Insurance Premiums for District residents

August 25, 2022
The Inflation Reduction Act, signed on August 16, 2022, extends lower health insurance premiums through 2025 for District families and residents! The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Inflation Reduction Act) extends the lower premiums under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (American Rescue Plan) for three years, through 2025. For DC residents, the Inflation Reduction Act extends lower premiums for health insurance through DC Health Link, so residents can get health insurance for as little as $11/month. District families can save on average $5,600/year on quality health insurance...

Telehealth Care and Services and more from Kaiser Permanente

May 6, 2022
Telehealth has huge potential to transform your employees’ health care — but not all telehealth is created equal. At Kaiser Permanente, telehealth isn’t just used by your employees and their doctors — it’s integrated across our entire care experience. Click here to learn more about telehealth at Kaiser Permanente. Prince George's County's planning board weigh in on Kaiser’s Largo medical center expansion Kaiser Permanente’s plans to expand its medical center in Largo, MD have been approved by The Prince George’s County Planning Board...