FEI Announces New White Paper on the Cost of 'Free' EAPs

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FEI shares expertise on what companies need to know about comprehensive vs. 'free' Employee Assistance Plans.

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Employees are a company’s greatest asset. Providing them with tools to manage work and life makes all the difference in terms of production and loyalty.

FEI Behavioral Health, a national EAP and crisis management company headquartered in Milwaukee, has developed an in-depth white paper about the costs of a ‘free’ EAP.

Many organizations have experienced the benefits a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) brings for their employees. However, in an attempt to control healthcare costs, more and more companies are dropping their comprehensive EAP provider for an EAP offered through a health insurance company, payroll management provider or disability carrier. The white paper, titled The Costs of a “Free” EAP, focuses on:

  • The reality of a ‘free’ EAP
  • EAPs embedded within insurance plans are often labeled as ‘free’ or at ‘no cost,’ but to the educated consumer, this is truly not the case
  • The fact that not only are ‘free’ EAPs not cost-free, but their value is lacking in comparison to the benefits that a comprehensive, specialized EAP offers
  • The differences between a ‘free’ EAP and a stand-alone EAP

“We want to point out the differences between a ‘free’ EAP and a comprehensive EAP,” said Ted Uczen, president of FEI. “Employees are a company’s greatest asset. Providing them with tools to manage work and life makes all the difference in terms of production and loyalty.”

As open enrollment approaches, FEI encourages both employees and employers to take the time to educate themselves on a comprehensive EAP plan vs. one that is included in a health insurance policy.

“We hope business leaders find the white paper useful as a reference for their planning sessions, and that they reach out for advice that will help select and implement the most appropriate and comprehensive EAP for their employees,” Uczen said.
FEI has also written articles about managing social media during an emerging crisis, countering bullies, and creating an effective crisis management plan.

For more than 30 years, FEI Behavioral Health has been a trusted partner in protecting and enhancing workforce effectiveness and organizational resiliency. FEI offers flexible solutions for the full spectrum of workforce resilience goals, from crisis preparedness and management to EAP and wellness services. The company integrates its mental health expertise and critical incident experience to provide emotional support and assistance in times of crisis both onsite and by phone. As part of Families International, the parent organization for FEI and three nonprofit organizations — the Alliance for Children and Families, United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), and Ways to Work — FEI leverages a broad network of resources and connections on behalf of clients. More information is available at http://www.feinet.com.

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