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AAHOA, National Restaurant Association Partner on Health Plan

WASHINGTON—The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the National Restaurant Association have partnered on a new health plan for AAHOA’s 18,000 members and the more than 600,000 hotel workers they employ eligible to purchase healthcare solutions through the Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit (RHA) Trust. The RHA Trust, which is insured and serviced by UnitedHealthcare, offers an innovative approach to meeting small businesses’ healthcare needs.

AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers said, “Whether they’re at the front desk or in the back
of the house, hotel employees are the industry’s greatest asset. With good-paying jobs and
straightforward opportunities for professional development, careers in the hotel industry are
incredibly rewarding. That’s why we’re proud to announce AAHOA’s participation in an
association health plan that will enable hotel owners to access more affordable healthcare
solutions and create stronger benefit packages for their employees.”

The RHA Trust is an association health plan rolled out earlier this year by the National
Restaurant Association. The RHA Trust is a health benefits solution that focuses on businesses
with 2-99 insurance-eligible employees. Smaller companies can access some of the same
advantages afforded to larger employers when it comes to purchasing health benefits because the
structure of the RHA Trust improves the economy of scale. With over 120 benefit plan designs
for employers to access, they have greater flexibility to find a plan that fits their needs. AAHOA
members and their employees will also receive free pharmacy discount cards which can help
cardholders save up to 75% on FDA-approved prescription drugs. The RHA Trust
complies with Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements and streamlines the administrative side
of obtaining healthcare benefits.

“With wages rising and unemployment at 3.7%, AAHOA’s partnership with the National
Restaurant Association will allow members to offer an array of flexible and competitively priced
healthcare options tailored to their specific needs, providing a key benefit to help hoteliers
recruit and retain good workers. Simply put, for AAHOA’s members and their employees, this
new arrangement means more choices, more access, more coverage, and more savings,” said
Rogers.

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