How Employee Engagement Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

Americans don’t agree on much, but everyone acknowledges that healthcare costs are just too high. Ballooning insurance costs translate to financial strain, which trickles down to employees in the form of budget cuts and staffing changes. That’s why it makes so much sense to include employees in discussions about rising healthcare costs. That might represent a radical change from the status quo in some companies, but it’s a change worth making. Employee engagement looks different in each company, and it’s up to the employer to find the blend of programs and initiatives that’s most beneficial – both for employee health and satisfaction, and for the bottom line.

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A New Era: Association Health Plans

For small businesses that have struggled under the Affordable Care Act, a new proposal has been introduced that would expand health insurance options afforded to small employers. The new proposal, known as the Association Health Plans, would help small businesses unable to afford employee health coverage to join together and increase their bargaining power. This proposal is expected to see the addition of self-funded plan options in the coming years, but the effects are currently unclear.

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How HRAs, FSAs and HSAs are Administered in Self-Funded Plans

At a time when many people feel powerless over their own health care, giving your employees choices about how they manage their own medical costs is a good thing — both for them and for you. With Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), self-funded plans are possible for employees to utilize.

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Pros and Cons of Pooled Stop-Loss Insurance

Pooled stop-loss insurance has its pros and cons, depending on your business structure and employee needs. It’s essential to take the time to carefully weigh these pros and cons of pooled stop-loss insurance before committing to a policy. Obtaining coverage with a large group of fellow sponsors can garner your company with additional benefits, but also less overall control of the process.

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How Self-Insured Plans Can Avoid the High Cost of Gaps in Coverage

Stop-loss insurance is not health insurance, but rather a type of financial reinsurance. Unlike health insurance, stop-loss ensures protection from debt when payable claims exceed a deductible. Stop-loss and health benefit plans have seen an increase in disputes regarding what is payable, how much is payable, and what can be covered by stop-loss. This has in turn led to higher amounts of claims paid by benefit plan sponsors that are not covered by stop-loss insurance.

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What the Self Insurance Protection Act Does to Protect Self Insurance Rights

The Self Insurance Protection Act has provided protection through employer-sponsored insurance to millions of workers within the United States. As this bill continues through the legislative process to become law, self-funded employers need be following the movement of this monumental document for stop loss insurance.

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