Industree Exchange, a Washington, DC-based company, has launched to provide health insurance coverage specifically to local restaurants and bars. The Washington Post reports that the company’s objective is to provide affordable options for restaurants as they comply with the Affordable Care Act. It was founded by Alisia Kleinmann.
She told the publication:
“Up until now, you get offered two or three different choices, or you get offered nothing … A lot of what’s out there is completely unaffordable to a huge part of the restaurant industry, specifically the back-of-the-house guys.”
Industree Exchange is geared toward Washington-area restaurants and bars with more than 100 employees and features options built specifically for the demographics of the restaurant industry, Kleinmann told the Post. There are 15 full-coverage choices from providers such as United Healthcare, Aetna and Cigna. There are also “skinny” plans, provided by Loomis, for minimum care such as flu shots, preventative care and prescriptions.
Kleinmann told the publication she hopes to eventually create a companion website in Spanish and expand beyond Washington.
Under Obamacare, businesses with 100 or more full-time workers must provide health care benefits by Jan. 1.