The National Restaurant Association has teamed up with UnitedHealthcare to create the Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust, an initiative that will help small businesses provide quality, affordable health care to their employees.

The program, which debuted April 3, gives restaurant companies with fewer than 100 employees the ability to offer benefits similar to what larger firms offer. The Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust offers operators more than 120 plan designs to choose from, priced to suit all budgets. Plans are compliant with Affordable Care Act requirements.

National Restaurant Association President & CEO Dawn Sweeney said one of the program’s main goals is to help smaller businesses increase employee retention.

“Restaurant employees are our greatest asset and we want to ensure that they receive the best health care available,” she noted. “Without a doubt, it is those people – the hardworking servers, cooks, bussers, bartenders and dishwashers – who provide a memorable dining experience. Association health plans are a key step in increasing access to health care, reducing costs and providing an essential benefit to recruit and retain talented team members.”

According to our 2017 State of the Industry report, employee turnover in the restaurant and hospitality industry was 72.1 percent. It marked the first time since 2008 that the turnover rate exceeded 70 percent. The report also found that roughly three in 10 restaurant operators said they had job openings that were difficult to fill.

Besides offering affordable health care plans, the Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust also gives small businesses access to wellness programs that in recent years have become exceedingly popular and, typically, are available to larger operators as part of their health benefits packages.

Visit the Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust for more information on how to provide your employees with affordable health insurance.