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MRA Report: Association Aims to Help With New Tools

Greetings, and thank you for  the warm welcome I’ve received since joining Hospitality Minnesota and the Minnesota Restaurant Association on June 25. I have been enjoying the opportunity to talk with restaurateurs, vendors, service providers and community partners to gain new insights on the complex and diverse aspects of the business. Your passion and creativity is inspiring!  As we consider the future and how we can best serve Minnesota’s vibrant restaurant industry, it’s important to understand your perspective. By seeing the joys and challenges through your lens, the Minnesota Restaurant Association will be able to identify new tools and resources to help you become better positioned for growth and success. We are excited about the future and our partnership with you! 


New Tools to Help Restaurateurs

We know that accessing affordable health care has been a challenge for restaurants and other hospitality business owners in Minnesota. As we shared last month, the Minnesota Restaurant Association is pleased to offer a package of exclusive solutions for MRA members and their employees that includes discounts on health insurance through UnitedHealthcare.

The Hospitality Associations Alliance is a platform created by the National Restaurant Association and UnitedHealth Group. When a restaurant becomes a member of the Minnesota Restaurant Association, they receive dual membership that includes the National Restaurant Association and access to a wide range of benefits. The new alliance program has been developed to help members navigate state and federal compliance areas, and features special offerings from industry-leading organizations such as UnitedHealthcare, Optum and DigiPro Media. 

The features of the Hospitality Associations Alliance program include:

Access to more affordable health care solutions with members-only pricing. This includes exclusive discounts on medical and specialty benefits from UnitedHealthcare as well as an exclusive association health plan option for small hospitality employers (insured and serviced by UnitedHealthcare). 

Promotion and support of health and wellness in the hospitality industry. This includes a free National Restaurant Association Pharmacy Discount Card program for prescription savings (not insurance) as well as a discounted Health Savings Account (HSA) from Optum—regardless of insurance carrier. 

UnitedHealthcare is quoting rates now for employers with 51 or more insurance-eligible employees with coverage effective starting October 1, 2018. As of October 1, UnitedHealthcare will quote rates for smaller businesses with a coverage effective date of January 1, 2019. This is a great opportunity to include new quotes into your FY 2019 budget and business plan!

Website Accessibility Solutions

We also know that some of our restaurant members have been hit with ADA-related lawsuits for their property and/or website. One of the new features of the Hospitality Associations Alliance program includes assistance in mitigating the risk of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website accessibility lawsuits. Exclusive discounts are offered on website accessibility solutions from DigiPro Media.

For more information about this robust alliance program, visit www.mnrestaurant.org or contact the MRA office at (651) 778-2400 or info@hospitalitymn.com. You can also visit with a UnitedHealth Group representative at Booth #700 at the Minnesota Hospitality Conference & Expo at Saint Paul RiverCentre on October 3.  

We are thrilled to be able to offer this valuable new program to help our member restaurateurs successfully tackle some of the most variable employee benefits and budget challenges. Let us know how we can help—we are here to assist our member organizations grow and thrive! 

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