They put it off as long as they could, but now they have some decisions to make. The good news is that they have options.
Birmingham, Alabama (PRWEB) September 03, 2014
Health Partners America (http://www.healthpartnersamerica.com), a company that provides training, tools, and technology solutions for insurance agents and employers who are navigating the health reform legislation, announces the release of its new white paper – health-insurance-options-for-small-employers. This 12-page document was written to help health insurance agents and brokers who work with small employers provide their clients with some real options as they face a multitude of changes on their next renewal date.
“They put it off as long as they could,” explains Mel Blackwell, CEO for Health Partners America, referring to the strategy many small employers adopted of renewing their plans early to delay the impact of the Affordable Care Act until December 1st of this year, “but now they have some decisions to make. The good news is that they have options.”
Those options are explained in detail in this new report. For instance, one option the paper explains is to move into an ACA-compliant plan, which can actually be beneficial for companies that were previously paying above-average rates due to pre-existing medical conditions or an older workforce; under the new modified adjusted community rating rules, these companies should see their rates decrease. Another option is to continue with the current plan, either by maintaining “grandfathered” status or by taking advantage of the transitional plan option that was proposed by President Obama last fall. This option is not available in every state or from every insurance company, but it could be a good option for healthier small employers. A third option is to self-insure, a strategy usually reserved for larger employers but now being adopted by small companies who want to avoid the new rating rules.
A final option, the paper explains, is for companies to drop their group health coverage altogether. While this seems counter-intuitive for employers who want to take care of their employees, it just may be the best course of action. “In a lot of cases – not always, but quite frequently – employers who offer group health insurance end up hurting their employees,” says Blackwell. He goes on to explain that the group plan usually blocks workers and their family members from government-subsidized coverage in the individual market, which, ironically, could cause some employees to think twice before going to work for a company that offers health insurance benefits. The paper also describes the added complexity of offering group health coverage and discusses the increased compliance exposure employers take on as a plan fiduciary.
Blackwell summarizes it this way: “For the past four years, employers of all sizes have been trying to figure out what to do. For large companies, the decision is more financial in nature since they are required to offer coverage or pay a penalty under the employer mandate. For small employers, though, it’s a different story. There is no requirement to offer coverage, so their decision should be based on what’s best for the employees. This paper not only outlines their options but also gives small employers some things to think about when making their decision.”
Health Partners America is offering the full report at no cost through the company’s website.
About Health Partners America
Since 2007, Health Partners America has been providing game-changing training and solutions to agents and brokers nationwide. HPA is a technology and consulting company that works with and through brokers in order to engage with the marketplace through healthcare reform. HPA Partners with agents and brokers nationally to bring them technology solutions, private exchange sites, marketing tools, training, and leverage to help them be more successful.
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