Culture of health reduces turnover by a third

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 06:08

What employers can do

A new study by Mercer found employers’ turnover rate dropped by a third when comparing companies doing the most to help employees thrive, versus those doing the least.

Employees stay longer when the culture of health is stronger, the study found. Further, employers engaging in more “wellbeing practices,” also bend the cost curve more substantially.

What are the well-being practices? The study broke them down into three categories, “basic,” “culture of health,” and “quality and value.” Here are a few of these solutions for cost containment and employee well-being.

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Congress considers dueling parental leave policies

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 06:08

What employers should know

Congress is working on a solution for paid parental leave, with options currently under consideration on both sides of the aisle.

Most recently, Sen. Marco Rubio released the “Economic Security Act for New Parents,” which would allow parents to withdraw early Social Security benefits to use after the birth or adoption of a child. Parents who took advantage of this bill would then delay the collection of those benefits in retirement

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How new short-term health plan rules could affect employees

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 @ 06:08

New rules could create more options for employees

New rules from the Trump administration will expand the reach of short-term insurance plans, which could result in additional options for consumers, including employees.

The new rules extend the duration of short-term health plans from three months to 364 days, and would also allow the plans to be renewed. These regulations make short-term plans more like other types of insurance.

While these plans are generally cheaper than other types of coverage, they do not cover as many services as traditional health plans, such as preventive care or prescriptions.

Still, many anticipate that consumers looking for lower-cost alternatives may forgo comprehensive coverage and elect these plans, especially as the individual mandate penalty no longer applies next year.

Why does this matter to employers? In a few circumstances, employees could choose these new options instead of workplace options. Here are a few scenarios where this could apply.

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Are AHPs a good fit for my organization?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 09:07

New plans could save employers money, but might not be right for every group

New regulations released by the Trump administration means more employers can form Association Health Plans (AHPs) to offer health coverage to employees. By allowing employers to band together to offer health coverage, AHPs allow smaller employers to take advantage of economies of scale.

The new rules mean any employers in the same industry or region, as well as sole proprietors, can now form or join an association and offer an AHP. Because these plans don’t have to offer the same set of benefits as other health plans, this can represent cost-savings for many employers.

However, this strategy isn’t necessarily right for every small business. How do you know if an AHP is right for your organization? Here are a few questions to ask.

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What employers need to know about the new Association Health Plan regulations

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 @ 10:07

New regulations create more options for employers

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Tuesday it plans to allow small businesses to join together and offer association health plans.

The plans would not have to adhere to some of the stricter standards required under the Affordable Care Act. This could result in cheaper insurance options for small businesses and their employees, though some consumer groups warn some patients may lose access to care.

Here’s what employers need to know.

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How many employees do you need for a group plan?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 11:07

Planning to offer group benefits?

Are you a small business owner considering your options for group health insurance coverage? While employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees are not required to offer health insurance to employees, many still choose to do so. Offering group coverage is a great way to improve recruitment and retention, and can sometime be the best option for very small groups, as opposed to having employees obtain individual coverage.

But how many employees do you need to be considered a group?

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How much does a group health plan cost?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Jul 09, 2018 @ 09:07

Planning to offer group benefits

While businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees are not required to offer a group health plan to employees, many organizations still choose to do so. Offering a medical plan benefit is a great way to improve recruitment and retention and can sometimes be the best coverage option for employees. But how much does a group health plan cost, especially for small businesses?

Health plan costs vary pretty substantially depending on the type of plans offered, the region in which your business operates, and the demographic makeup of your employees.

That said, on average, annual premiums for single coverage for small businesses total $6,163 and annual premiums for family coverage total $16,625, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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How do I find a group benefits broker?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 @ 06:06

Planning to offer group benefits?

If you are planning to offer group benefits to your organization, the first step is to evaluate and select a group benefits broker to help design and implement a cost-effective, valuable benefits strategy.

But what do group benefits brokers actually do, and how do you find one?

There are many different strategies for providing health, dental, vision, and other ancillary benefits to your employees. There are multiple funding methods, types of coverage, and numerous ways to structure these plans. Group benefits brokers are experienced in the spectrum these strategies, and work with employers to develop the best strategy for the business and their employees.

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