Consider the Alternatives
Sure, employer-backed health insurance plans are an investment, but they are one that can pay off. Insurance is an incentive that a company can offer its employees. It can be an effective tool to woo recruits or keep current employees satisfied with their position. “Turnover in employees is extremely expensive,” Jager says. As she notes, turnover can prove costly, and offering insurance could make people more willing to stay at one place.
Examine Your Options
Jager notes the importance of doing your homework when it comes to choosing an insurance provider. Glass Tint USA switched its insurance after it determined that its prior plan was too pricey. “I think it’s really important that you use a broker that can price several different insurance companies, and you can compare each one apples-to-apples so that you know that you’re getting what your corporation needs for your employees and yourself.”
Plan the Deductible
When Glass Tint USA searched for a new provider, Jager was quick to mind the deductible. “When we pursued [insurance through the MEWA program], I didn’t want such a high deductible that employees would feel the need to not ever use it,” Jager says. “If you’ve got such a huge deductible on it, they’re going to stay sick or continue to have issues. It’s kind of a fine line there. If you make it too cheap, they use it for everything.”