Workplace Wellness Programs for Self-Funded Employers: Effective program design to maximize potential cost savings! An increasingly popular means of reducing health care expenses for self-funded employers are workplace wellness programs. Approximately half of U.S. employers utilize this cost management strategy. In this article we will explore typical elements, ways to ensure success, and the potential cost savings of effective workplace wellness programs. Continue Reading >
Three “hidden” fees being added to the cost of health insurance plans due to Obamacare.
- Health Insurance Industry Fee
- Reinsurance Assessment
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee
A self-insured employer should be aware of these rising costs and implement a Specialty Drug Management Strategy that will help control costs while maintaining quality of care for their employees. Continue Reading >
If you are considering a self-funded health plan for your company you are certainly not alone! Many employers, both small and large are now exploring the option of self insuring their health plan for a variety of reasons with larger long term savings topping the list. However, self funding isn’t right for everyone; therefore we will discuss some of the factors you’ll want to consider before making any changes to your health plan. Continue Reading >
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as Obamacare, set to take effect January 1, 2014, will make sweeping policy changes to America’s health care and insurance industries. The self-funding niche of the health insurance market, where employers forgo premium payments and fund their own medical costs, was on track to survive relatively unscathed by the new taxes, requirements and restrictions created by the PPACA. However, self-funding and stop-loss insurance are increasingly attracting the attention of lawmakers. As a result of increasing regulation, the sanctuary that has been dubbed the “self-insurance loophole” is shrinking. Continue Reading >