IHG Owners Association launches healthcare program

The IHG Owners Association, representing more than 4,000 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) franchise hotel owners worldwide, has created a member benefit, the IHG Owners Association Healthcare Program, which offers nationwide healthcare coverage and benefits options to employees of U.S. association members.

Powered by Decisely, a benefits and HR services firm, the healthcare program provides cost-effective healthcare coverage and benefits to help owners attract and retain employees, the association reports. Developed with support from Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group, the program leverages the buying power of the association’s membership base, creating volume that directly translates to lower premiums and better-quality plans. This program is offered through several major healthcare networks, including Aetna and Cigna, giving employees nationwide access to health services.

“The IHG Owners Association Healthcare Program is only available to IHG hotel owners who are members of the association,” said John Muehlbauer, CEO of the association. “This program can offer incredible savings to our members at a time where every dollar counts. Finding and keeping staff members has continued to be an enormous challenge to hoteliers, and the ability to offer affordable healthcare and benefits options to potential employees can provide a real edge in recruiting and retaining quality talent.”

The association is assessing demand for the program. The greater the number of association members expressing interest, the greater the scale and negotiating power Decisely has with healthcare networks, allowing the firm to create an even more robust, flexible program. To learn more about the program, visit ihgoa.decisely.com.