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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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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?...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
They say that “change is good.” And while switching to Kaiser Permanente should be a seamless experience, any organizational change can be disruptive and spark many questions – especially when the change involves something as important as health care. The good news is that there are ways to minimize that disruption so employees can feel good about the change and stay focused on doing their job. In a recent blog post, we shared tips employers can use to leverage best practices in change management.
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: July 15, 2021 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 voted to adopt recommendations from its Social Justice and Health Disparities Working Group, in an effort to stop racism in health care. These recommendations are focused on three crucial areas in order to establish practices, structures, and policies that can be implemented by DCHBX...
DC residents can potentially save thousands of dollars per year on health insurance premiums through the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden. Savings of nearly $36 million in premiums for DC residents this year; Plans as little as $2/month for residents who lost their jobs; Monthly savings average $146 a month for residents who have already provided their income information to DC Health Link; 100% payment of COBRA for laid off workers through September; District residents can go to DCHealthLink.com right now to preview their premium savings and enroll in a...
In collaboration with DC Health Link, the District’s online health insurance marketplace, RAMW recently hosted a webinar on the current options available to small businesses that have had changes in business operations affecting their ability to offer or maintain employer sponsored health coverage and for individuals who may be losing or have lost health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including the newly added options that are part of the American Rescue Plan that also lowers premiums for District residents. View the recorded webinar here.
DC Health Link in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs is hosting a series of town hall conversation about access to health insurance during the pandemic. The series, “Get the Facts. Get Covered: Health Insurance Enrollment During COVID 19” focuses on the value and benefits of having health insurance especially during the pandemic and providing consumers with the information and tools needed to access health insurance coverage through DC Health Link, health plan options including Medicaid, steps to enrollment, eligibility requirements, standard...
In response to the devastating economic and health impacts of COVID-19, the American Rescue Plan reduces premiums for health insurance through DC Health Link, provides health insurance for as little as $2/month to people who lost their jobs, and pays for 100% of COBRA for laid-off workers. It is a fundamental shift in how we view private health insurance affordability for all income earners and the biggest expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since 2010. District residents covered through DC Health Link will save approximately $36 million in premiums for individual and family health...
Join RAMW & DC Health Link for an informational webinar on the current options available to small businesses that have undergone operational changes and challenges impacting the ability to offer or maintain employer-sponsored health coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic including information about:   Zero percent down No policy terminations Automatic 12-month repay period Information will also be shared for individuals who may be losing or have lost health insurance coverage during the pandemic. Purvee Kempf, General Counsel and Chief Policy Advisor, with the DC...
DC Health Link Assisters are working with small businesses to support their DC resident employees who are losing or have lost their health insurance to help them enroll in a DC Health Link individual health plan, or apply for Medicaid, so they remain covered during this public health crisis. RAMW can assist you in providing information to your staff by proactively engaging with DC Health Link to reach out to your staff members to discuss their coverage options. DC Health Link has options for employers and individuals who are looking for affordable coverage. If you are...
(Washington, DC­­) – Uninsured District of Columbia residents have more time to enroll in health coverage for 2021. From now through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents can enroll using DC Health Link’s Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for COVID-19. All DC Health Link plans cover diagnosis, treatment, testing, and vaccination for COVID-19 for free   Last year, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) adopted a COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for District residents who need health insurance through the end of the District’s public health...
(Washington, DC­­) – Uninsured District of Columbia residents have more time to enroll in health coverage for 2021. From now through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents can enroll using DC Health Link’s Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for COVID-19. All DC Health Link plans cover diagnosis, treatment, testing, and vaccination for COVID-19 for free   Last year, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) adopted a COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for District residents who need health insurance through the end of the District’s public health...
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority announced that the District has joined Get Covered 2021, a national initiative to get uninsured Americans covered and promote information about quality affordable health plans and premium reductions. DC residents are encouraged to sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance at DCHealthLink.com. Open enrollment for District residents runs through January 31, 2021. For coverage to be effective January 1, 2021, residents must enroll by December 15, 2020. “The pandemic has placed a...
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...

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