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GCSAA unveils health insurance access for members

by Jan 30, 2020 | Angela Hartmann

Lawrence, Kan. (Jan. 29, 2020) – The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has partnered with Association Health Programs (AHP), an insurance broker, to offer health insurance access as a membership benefit. The program will be available to GCSAA members beginning April 1.

“We know, based on feedback from the membership, that having access to affordable health insurance plans has been a key concern for many of them,” Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO said. “We are pleased to be able to offer them access to offerings from major insurance carriers with the buying power of a group plan.”

The program will be available to dues-paying GCSAA members (other than the recently introduced Friend of the Golf Course Superintendent classification) and their immediate family members.  The program has options for members in 38 states. Due to state legal restrictions, the program is not available in 12 states: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

While product availability and rates will vary by state and individual circumstances, companies that AHP partners with to provide coverage as part of Preferred Provider Plans (PPO) include United Healthcare, Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Cigna. GCSAA members will be responsible for the premiums and will make payments directly to the insurance providers. 

“For nine decades, GCSAA has been serving its members and advancing their profession,” Evans said. “With this latest member benefit, we are giving them the opportunity for some peace of mind off the course as well.”