National Independent Health Club Association


Fitness Centers have an opportunity to do business with some of the largest insurance providers and employer groups in the industry!

The National Independent Health Club Association works with insurance providers, employer groups and incentive programs that offer a fitness and wellness benefit.  We are the clearinghouse that allows individual fitness centers the opportunity to take advantage of these great fitness incentive programs.

Workout at a NIHCA participating fitness facility and recieve an incentive back!


For insurance providers and employer groups, NIHCA will help manage your fitness incentive programs at the facility level, maintaining the goals and perimeters of each individual program. Participating fitness centers will gain access to an entirely new market – our incentive programs help facilities attract new members and retain their current ones – all without having to offer discounts that hurt your bottom line!  Besides being able to offer these great incentive and reimbursement programs, NIHCA members can take advantage of other value-added benefits, such as free webinars and a preferred vendor list.

The National Independent Health Club Association, a non-profit organization, has been created to represent independent fitness centers across the nation, work with insurance providers and employer groups on existing or new health management programs. 



UCare log




UCare MNcare and UCare MA are now Eligible for reimbursements!

If you have been in the fitness industry for a while, you may well know that there are changes that happen every year in January with the insurance and incentive partners.  This year has been no exception.  All our NIHCA facilities got an email blast about the changes made for UCare in January ‘15.  What does this mean for your facility? I am happy to report that these changes are very good changes. UCare has expanded the Health Club Savings Program to include two groups. Any UCare member with MNCare or UCare MA is eligible to receive up to $20 p/mo for successfully working out at their local, participating fitness center.  Of course the UCare Choices members are also still eligible for the $20 reimbursement program as well. REMEMBER: You do not submit these eligible members through Silver Sneakers – you submit them through our processor. Unlike Silver Sneakers, these programs allow you to receive your monthly membership dues at your facility without having to waive them!  Truly, this program is a great incentive for the member as well as the fitness facility.

As a participating member of NIHCA, a facility may enroll and submit workouts for these members through our processor, Vanco Services as you would any member that is eligible for the fitness incentive programs.  You may already see these motivated people coming in your doors and wanting to get signed up. Updated UCare Enrollment forms have been emailed to your participating fitness facilities. If you deleted your email accidentally, please give us a call. We can send you an updated enrollment form or you may also download the new enrollment form off of Vanco Services under the Resources and Forms tab. Always feel free to give us a call.  We are here to help answer questions for your staff and you.  Click here to see sample cards and to be reminded of what groups are eligible through UCare.



Going GReenIn an effort to be more paperless and capitalize on some efficiencies, NIHCA is going to jump on the Going Green bandwagon.  Effective January 1, 2015, NIHCA will begin “going green” by emailing all Invoices and Statements for your facility’s annual NIHCA dues. Please email to let us know who would be the appropriate person to receive this email and the best email for that individual.


       Meet our newest Preferred Vendors



Bestco partners with NIHCA

BestCo offers a full line of vitamins and supplements in convenient and consumer preferred delivery forms (soft chews, panned chews, lozenges) and flavors in a variety of categories, including: Energy, Joint & Bone Health, Sleep, Digestive Health and Letter Vitamins.  As a NIHCA member, you will receive below wholesale pricing on BestCo products, resulting in increased revenue and attractive gross profit margins for your health club.

Americans spend over $32 billion on vitamins and supplements annually.  Rising healthcare costs, growing baby boomer population and increased consumer health concerns will continue to propel these categories to future growth. The time is now to capitalize on this growing trend by making vitamins and supplements available to your members. 


Blue Bridge Financial


Blue Bridge FinancialAt Blue Bridge Equipment Finance, a Blue Bridge Financial, LLC company, we are pleased to offer specialty equipment financing to members of the National Independent Health Club Association. With our expertise in financing unique and specialty markets, we are focused on providing funding for purchases of equipment used in the operation of your business and virtually all equipment is eligible for financing.


To start receiving your NIHCA discounts off these great products and services, check out our Preferred Vendors!





For more information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.



 165 8th Ave Suite 1 • Granite Falls, MN  56241 • Toll Free # 866.484.9173 • Fax # 320.722.0095 •