Stretching Your Health Care Dollar
Employers nationwide face critical
decisions about their health insurance benefits program.
Should they continue funding their employees’ health benefits at
the same contribution level as in the past? Should they keep the same level of benefits as before? What can be done to minimize costs
and maximize benefits?
These are tough questions. Rising health care costs and an uncertain
economy requires an employer to examine various options when making healthcare decisions. These include:
1. Eliminating all health benefits
2. Reducing or eliminating other fringe benefits to maintain the current level of health benefits
3. Modifying the existing health benefits program by increasing employee co-payments or cost-sharing
4. Shopping for the most affordable coverage available from various carriers
Finding solutions to dampen the effect of rising insurance premiums can be difficult. However, there is an additional consideration that is often overlooked. As with any vendor-selection process, a
business owner must consider the value gained from selecting health benefits plan.
Often, many look simply at the price but overlook the investment perspective involved in purchasing health benefits plan. An employer should ask, “What am I getting for my money?”
A health plan should do more than simply pay the bills. It should provide opportunities to improve and maintain health. Health benefits plans that promote health fairs, wellness and disease
management programs provide opportunities for achieving better health outcomes. Improved health outcomes can translate into reduced health care expenditures and affordable premiums.
Some health benefits companies are adding … Read the rest