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National Restaurant Association launches Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust

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 Association Benefit Trust, has been specifically designed to assist our smaller members with employee retention.  This innovative approach provides a competitive edge to small businesses by offering them an array of flexibly priced health benefits tailored to their needs,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

The Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust is a health benefits solution focused on small businesses with two to 99 insurance-eligible employees. This solution can offer smaller companies some of the same advantages available to larger employers. There are more than 120 plan designs for medical and specialty benefits to choose from and pricing flexibility designed to suit different business models and environments.

The RHA Benefit Trust complies with Affordable Care Act requirements and simplifies administration making it ideal for smaller employers. The offering includes access to wellness programs, which have become increasingly popular; these programs typically have been available only to larger businesses as part of their health benefits. 

“Without a doubt, it is the people – the hardworking servers, cooks, bussers, bartenders, and dishwashers – who provide a memorable dining experience. In the restaurant industry, and in many others, supporting association health plans is a key step in increasing access to health care, reducing costs, and providing an essential benefit to recruit and retain talented team members,” Sweeney said.

In addition to the new Restaurant and Hospitality Association Benefit Trust option, the National Restaurant Association continues to offer its members exclusive health care discounts and solutions with UnitedHealthcare.

To learn more about The National Restaurant Association Health Plans, click here.



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Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.7 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit us at Restaurant.org.

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