Craft & Hobby Association Offers Health & Life Insurance Member Benefits

Aug 31, 2010, 08:30 ET from The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA)

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Association Health Programs (AHP) to extend a comprehensive suite of health, long-term care, life insurance and other benefits to CHA members in the United States at rates previously unavailable to small and mid-sized businesses.

AHP specializes in and plans on a nationwide basis for associations, organizations, and chambers of commerce, as well as individuals, families, and small and large groups. They offer health, life, and long-term care insurance, disability income and critical illness, dental & vision, Medicare supplements and Medicare Part D, financial and retirement planning, and other specialized services for association members.

"Based on responses to a CHA member benefits survey, the second most requested member benefit behind our trade show was securing medical insurance," explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. "For the past several years we have scoured the country looking for a cost-effective option for our members, Association Health Programs was able to address CHA's unique and complex need for health care, insurance and other benefits.  We are very happy to offer these benefits to our members."    

Through this partnership CHA members may purchase or receive access to the following programs:

Health Insurance

  • Individual Health for individuals, families-Full and Part-Time Employees
  • Group Health Insurance (2-50) employees
  • Student Plans, Travel and Short Term Plans
  • Medicare Supplements and Part D prescription benefits
  • Guaranteed Issue Limited Medical Plans and Hospital Indemnity
  • Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Accounts

Long-Term Care Insurance

  • Home Health, Assisted Living and Nursing Home

Life Insurance

  • Term, Universal and Whole Life
  • Survivorship (Second to Die)
  • Key Person
  • Executive Benefit Life
  • Disability (Short and Long Term), Critical Illness, and Accident Insurance
  • Dental and Vision
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA's), Cafeteria Plans, 105Bs

As insurance professionals, AHP searches industry sources for products that meet stringent association insurance standards. When none exist, AHP develops product specifications and negotiates the creation of unique features for their own plans. Led by Stuart Pase, AHP President, their mission is offering better insurance, rate stability, and hands-on service.

"We are very excited about our new partnership with the Craft & Hobby Association," explained Stuart Pase, President, AHP. "With the skyrocketing costs of health care and an aging society this agreement will enable CHA member businesses to compete more effectively to recruit and retain strong talent and offer comparable employee benefits previously out of reach to small and mid-sized businesses. I'm confident that AHP can offer the very best insurance options available on the market. We compare current insurance policies to the options available through CHA's new Member Health Insurance Benefit and provide members with a comparison and let CHA members make the decision based on better coverage at lower costs."  

For more information about these new CHA member benefits please visit the Member Benefits tab at

About the Craft & Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association is an international not-for-profit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the nearly $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA visit To find out more about its award-winning Conventions and Trade Shows visit:

SOURCE The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA)