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RAMW is working with DC Health Link to provide free seat and floor decals to remind customers to maintain 6 feet between themselves and others. These decals are intended to be an aid in business operations to keep patrons safe and healthy, while complying with the Mayor’s orders for social distancing. Each business can request up to six (6) floor decals, ten (10) seat decals, and eight (8) facemasks by emailing us at coverage@ramw.org.   DC Health Link has taken several steps to reduce financial barriers making it easier to...
On Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11:00am, DC Health Link is sponsoring a virtual enrollment kickoff that will bring together leading healthcare advocates, local leaders, celebrities and entertainers. Learn tips for healthy living, and most importantly, how to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance. The kickoff will feature:       - Healthy cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs;     - Sounds of local DJs and artists;     - Multicultural dance and music performances;     - Exercise instruction with Zumba, Yoga experts;     -...
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: September 10, 2020 Contact: Adam Hudson: (202) 527-5622; adam.hudson@dc.gov Linda Wharton Boyd: (202) 351-9777; linda.wharton-boyd@dc.gov   Washington, DC –The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) Executive Board unanimously voted to adopt the recommendations from its Standing Advisory Board to extend the Special Enrollment Periods (SEP) for COVID-19 for District residents who need health insurance and for employees and dependents of employers already covered on DC Health Link to January 31, 2021, or longer if the District’s...
Dear Operators,    We have some important updates to share with you as new Orders were issued today in DC and MD impacting restaurant operators.     DC -  Earlier today, Mayor Bowser issued an Order requiring restaurant workers to wear gloves and cloth or surgical masks while at work.  All gloves and masks shall be procured by the business. This will go into effect on April 17th at 12:01am. This gives operators a short window to procure supplies if they need to, and we expect enforcement will be reasonable, understanding all operators currently open for...
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. The National Restaurant Association is offering members access to...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
  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 ...
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: June 14, 2017 Contact: Adam Hudson: (202) 527-5622; adam.hudson@dc.gov, Linda Wharton Boyd: (202) 351-9777; linda.wharton-boyd@dc.gov DC Health Link to Offer Extended Open Enrollment Period for District Residents Individuals and families can sign up for coverage from Nov. 1, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2018 Washington, DC­­ – Today, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (HBX) Executive Board adopted a unanimous recommendation from its Standing Advisory Board to allow a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for District residents to sign up for...
Washington, DC – The National Center for Health Statistics’ recently released report “Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey,  2015” shows that the District of Columbia continues  to have one of the  lowest uninsured  rates in the nation. The National Center for Health Statistics report highlights the fact that the Affordable Care Act is working in the District of Columbia to help individuals and families have affordable quality health coverage, both private and public. According to the report...
61% of New Customers are 34 years old and Younger Washington, DC – Today, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (HBX) released preliminary individual marketplace data for the third open enrollment period for DCHealthLink.com, the District’s online health insurance marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses. The third open enrollment period for individuals and families ended January 31, 2016. District residents had two extra days to enroll due to the historic snow storm that hit the DC region. Data includes people enrolling from November 1, 2015 to February 2,...
To broker or not to broker, the first question when buying insurance. By Jon S. Belinkie, HIA, HIP, DIA, DIP, MSA, CBC, ACBC, MBA, DBA, CLCS President, Health Insurance Specialists, Inc. All businesses, restaurants being no exception, want the best product at the best price. This is especially true with insurance, whether it is protection for the business/business owner, or protection for the employees through a variety of employee benefit programs. It is this author’s experience, with no exceptions, that the optimum approach is to use a reputable broker. Here is why in a Q&A...
Why D.C. Health Link says tech changes will transform enrollment season Oct 30, 2015, 5:00am EDT   by Tina Reed - Staff Reporter   Washington Business Journal   Small business owners and individuals trying to purchase health insurance through the District's state-based exchange should have a much easier time this enrollment season, D.C. Health Link officials said.   The reason: big technology changes.   Those changes include tools to make it easier for consumers to select a plan or to find any qualifying...
Some content below provided by Heartland Payment Systems a RAMW Endorsed Provider. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) third open enrollment is underway and there are even more changes to the law this year. The stakes are higher for everyone involved in 2016. From new, complicated tax forms to increased penalties for noncompliance, the confusion and sense of urgency mounts for business owners across the U.S. What is the ACA or “Obamacare”? Under this law, you may be required to provide your employees with a certain level of insurance coverage, and weeding through the...
  According to U.S. Census Bureau Report, Uninsured Rates Drop in All 50 States and the District of Columbia By Tamara Kramer September 16th, 2015 New 2014 health insurance numbers released today from the U.S. Census Bureau show decreases in the rate of the uninsured in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These numbers, which cover calendar year 2013 and calendar year 2014, allow us for the first time to look at how the policies of the Affordable Care Act have affected the nation’s overall insurance rate. The state-by-state breakdown shows that Massachusetts...
The Open Enrollment Period for 2016 begins November 1, 2015.  During this time, individuals and families can make changes to existing plans or obtain new coverage.  This period extends until January 31, 2016.  As an individual or family seeking coverage, you have a number of options to get your questions answered or to get help with your enrollment. You can speak to an insurance broker, an in-person assister (IPA), or go to a one-touch center around the city at any time for free help with new plans or changes to existing plans.  For RAMW members, we also have Jackie Ludden...
Washington Business Journal: D.C. health exchange launches new tool to make finding a doctor easier By Tina Reed - 8/20/2015, 5:00am EDT D.C. launched a new online tool to ease the task of finding a doctor that accepts plans sold on the District's health insurance marketplace. Called the Universal Doctor Directory 1.0, the new tool available on D.C. Health Link allows consumers to search individual and family plans to figure out which doctors participate in particular plans. The directory also allows consumers to find a new doctor by ZIP code, last name or specialty and then see which...
DC Health Link Extends Call Center Hours Ahead Of Tax Deadline NBCWashington With the April 15 deadline to file income tax returns fast approaching, DC Health Link’s Contact Center will be open on Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, April 11 to answer questions from District residents regarding providing information about health insurance for their tax returns. The Affordable Care Act requires residents to have qualifying health insurance for the entire year, report a health coverage exemption, or make a payment when they file their taxes. Additionally, DC Health Link is holding a...
D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Newsweek: Obamacare Will Survive Even a Republican President (Opinion) BY HENRY J. AARON - 3/29/2015, 5:03 PM   Anniversaries are times for taking stock. And so it is with the Affordable Care Act—a.k.a., the ACA or Obamacare.   Now, at the time of the fifth anniversary of the law’s passage, the law remains in existential jeopardy. The Supreme Court is considering whether the law, as drafted, permits payment of tax credits in the 34 states that use HealthCare.Gov as their administrative agent. These credits make insurance...
Navigating the health care maze can seem like 10,000 questions.  In this post, I have addressed a number of questions that face small business owners every day.  How does an employer choose the correct plan for employees? What options are available and which ones fit the needs of all of the employee’s healthcare consumption? Are high deductible plans worth it? Your employees range from age 20 to 60 plus with different aged dependents too.  Some employees only need coverage for themselves and others need to cover dependents. Do you offer one plan, two plans or possibly...
DC Health Link consumers saw some of the smallest premium increases in region Washington Business Journal  The District had some of the lowest health insurance rate increases on its marketplace between 2014 and 2015, according to a recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nationally, costs for a silver plan — one of the mid-level options and the most popular tier of health plans — increased 2.9 percent. For the least-expensive silver plan for a 40-year-old nontobacco user, that accounts for an increase to $264 in monthly premiums in 2015, up from $256...

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