Benefits of Offering Health Insurance

No matter what size business you run, offering health insurance benefits your employees provides numerous advantages not only for the workers but also for the company itself. In order to get these benefits of offering health insurance, however, you need to understand how to choose the right plan. The help of an employer consultant like those at ClaimLinx can lead you to the right final decision.

 

Five Health Insurance Benefits for Your Business

 

When making decisions about the possibility of offering medical insurance to your employees, consider these important points.

 

1 – Employee Loyalty Increases

 

When it comes to a list of benefits that workers want, health insurance comes out on top. A paycheck is nice, but coverage for both preventative medicine and emergencies improve the overall impression that workers have for their employer. They also increase overall morale and productivity. A large part of having a successful business depends on keeping all the men and women who work for you happy and satisfied. Do not lose quality workers to other firms that offer more incentives than you do.

 

2 – Jobseekers Value Your Company

 

When you want to attract new talent, offering low-caused group health insurance makes your job opening more attractive to people who have choices. If it comes down to you or a different business, offering health insurance can push you over the top. Basic benefits may not be enough. With so many companies offering insurance these days, you need to make sure you provide the very best coverage at affordable prices.

 

3 – Decrease Federal Taxes

 

If you own or operate a small business with fewer than 25 employees working full-time, you can get considerable tax credits if you offer health benefits to them. Other rules apply to enroll in the Small Business Health Options Program, but you do not qualify all if you do not take advantage of group health rates that make it possible for your employees to get healthcare when they need it.

 

4 – Fulfill Government Requirements

 

The Affordable Care Act has a whole list of rules and regulations that affect how businesses provide healthcare benefits or insurance to their employees. In many cases, a company is required to offer a certain level of coverage depending on the type of workers they have, whether they are full-time or not, and other factors. If you have any questions about these requirements, it helps to speak with a qualified healthcare consultant.

 

5 – Smart Insurance Plans Decrease Cost

 

The final major benefit of offering health insurance at your company focuses on both the business itself and every single worker who has coverage through your chosen plan. As long as you make wise decisions about the policies and covered costs, everything from premiums to monthly bills to tax payments will decrease. When you choose to use an experienced and knowledgeable third-party administrator to handle all these matters, you end up saving even more in the long run.

 

Full-Service Insurance Agency ClaimLinx

What a Full-Service Insurance Agency Can Do for You

ClaimLinx prides itself on being a full-service insurance agency. We offer employer benefit consulting, group health insurance, supplemental insurance, and individual plan consulting. Our dynamite set of services goes beyond what an ordinary health insurance agency does, such as just writing insurance policies once a year. ClaimLinx explains what a full-service insurance agency can do for you in today’s blog.

Year-Round Consulting

Many health insurance companies only consult with you when you’re shopping for a plan for your workers. That process may take less than a month, and then you don’t hear from the insurance agency until next year when the overall plan renews. ClaimLinx does things differently as a full-service insurance company. We offer year-round consulting to save you money on health insurance as an employer-paid benefit.

Making Money on the Savings

Traditional insurance companies typically make money on fees paid to them when they create the initial policy. That’s not how ClaimLinx does things. We earn money on the savings you generate. Our team works with you to choose excellent health insurance coverage melded with a medical expense reimbursement plan (MERP) to lower your costs. We only accept a fee after you save money. 

Superior Customer Service

If you have questions, feel free to contact ClaimLinx at any time. We respond to your questions, comments, and concerns about health insurance as an employer-paid benefit. Our expert team consults with you year-round, explains health insurance coverage in full, and includes complimentary elite services for our clients. You receive a lot more than just health insurance from our full-service insurance company. You get an entire team backing you up as you strive to deliver a great benefit for your employees without spending your entire HR budget.

Talk to ClaimLinx

Stop settling for an average health plan when you have a better solution. Partner with ClaimLinx, a full-service insurance company that lets you make the most of your options. Call toll-free (800) 858-1772 or contact ClaimLinx for more information.

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Common Employer-Paid Benefits That Increase Employee Retention

Employee retention is a delicate balance for small businesses. You want to offer competitive wages and benefits while maintaining cost-effectiveness within your human resources budget. Better retention rates can lower your onboarding and hiring costs, which is why employee retention is a vital aspect of your business model. ClaimLinx explains common employer-paid benefits that increase employee retention.

Health Insurance Benefits

A survey by Willis Towers Watson stated healthcare benefits, including insurance, were the most important reasons respondents stayed with an employer when it came to employer-paid benefits. Nearly half of respondents, or 45 percent, in the 2012 Attraction and Retention Survey cited health benefits as an essential reason to stay there. A Glassdoor survey in 2015 also touted health insurance as valued by 40 percent of respondents. Health insurance continues to be a valuable retention tool when keeping employees with your firm.

Retirement Benefits

The Willis Towers Watson survey also revealed 35 percent of employees said retirement packages were important sticking points. Glassdoor said 31 percent of its respondents liked retirement or pension plans. Consider a 401(k) plan or custom-designed retirement plan for your workers when it comes to employer-paid benefits. 

Time Off

Paid time off, flexible schedules, and family leave are all vital benefits that have value for employees. Surveyed workers wanted extra vacation time that accrues every pay period. Flexible work schedules give parents the ability to spend time with children, run errands, or attend school functions for the kids. A 2019 survey from the Work Institute shows work-life balance concerns are increasingly important for workers. Family leave, paid or unpaid, is an important factor when parents begin to take care of newborns. ClaimLinx can help you develop a health insurance strategy that works with your other employer-paid benefits to optimize your costs.

Education

Education benefits can mean company training or tuition reimbursement. This employer-paid benefit comes in handy for workers seeking a promotion, a raise, or even better job satisfaction. Earning a college degree is one way workers can improve their quality of life while reducing their costs. Consider reinvesting in employees who graduate by increasing their responsibilities or promoting them.

Cost of Employee Turnover

The Work Institute states the cost of employee turnover is $15,000 per person. When you think about how much money you spend on employer-paid benefits, having the right ones in place can lower your turnover costs. In a highly competitive job market, retaining employees is more critical than ever.

ClaimLinx and Employer-Paid Benefits

ClaimLinx is home of the ClaimLinx Simple Option Solution. Our team utilizes a holistic strategy that blends health insurance coverage from a national carrier and a self-funded medical expense reimbursement plan (MERP) for optimal savings. Contact ClaimLinx or call toll-free (800) 858-1772 for more details. 

ClaimLinx saves small businesses $4.5M on health care in 2018

Insurance consultant finds innovative solutions to reclaim dollars for employers

BOSTON, Dec. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Health insurance consultant and agency ClaimLinx saved small business owners a total of $4.5 million on benefit costs in 2018 using its unique strategy for purchasing insurance.

For more than 15 years, ClaimLinx has been pioneering ways of saving small businesses money on benefits. In 2018, the company reached new records of savings for employers, cutting costs by 20 percent or more within the first year of a business starting its program and keeping renewal rates below 5 percent in following years.

Tom Quigley, National Benefit Consultant, said partnering with ClaimLinx is simply about the numbers.

“It all comes down to a math problem,” he said. “Do you want to pay more to an insurance company, or do you want to keep more in your pocket?”

The trick is ClaimLinx combines two types of insurance: traditional coverage from a major carrier and self-funded reimbursement coverage from the employer.

First, ClaimLinx helps companies choose a high deductible health plan from a major carrier, which includes access to a wide provider network and a stop-loss in case of high medical costs from an employee.

Then, ClaimLinx customizes a medical expense reimbursement plan funded by the employer to return benefits employees need, such as copays and a lower deductible.

The resulting plan saves business owners thousands of dollars per employee because they are paying only for services rendered, rather than prefunding major carriers’ bottom line.

In 2018, insurance companies reported strong growth, already amassing an estimated $47 billion in global profit by the end of the second quarter, according to analysis of company documents by Axios media company. 

Where these premium funds end up can be a mystery for employers, but not so with ClaimLinx. The self-funded plan enables employers to track utilization, a useful tool for the future when cutting unnecessary or misused benefits.

Christy Quigley, President of ClaimLinx, wonders how small businesses continue to afford high healthcare costs. Average premium rates for a family plan from a major carrier reached $19,616 in 2018, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey.

“As a small business owner myself, I don’t know how companies keep up with premium rates without finding a solution like ours,” she said.

Contact: Whitney Faber, (617) 892-4655
wfaber@claimlinx.com
www.claimlinx.com

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ClaimLinx reclaims thousands of dollars for consumers

Business pioneers strategy for employers to pay less for company health plan

CINCINNATI, Dec. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As health plan premiums rise nationally, so too do insurance companies’ earnings, but one local business has found a way to return some of those would-be profits to consumers.

ClaimLinx is a consultant, insurance agency and third-party administrator specializing in an alternative strategy for purchasing health insurance that saves companies money while delivering quality benefits.

Nationally, insurance companies reported strong growth in 2018, amassing an estimated $47 billion of global profit by the end of the second quarter, according to an analysis of company documents by Axios media company.

Not all of that money is being funneled into improving care or services. Insurance companies spend only 80 percent of funds collected in plan premiums on actual medical care, as required by the Affordable Care Act.

Packed into those huge premium bills are charges for administration, marketing and company profits for share-holders. That’s thousands of dollars each year being given to insurance companies instead of being spent on what workers really need: quality medical care.

Tom Quigley, National Benefit Consultant at ClaimLinx, says buying traditional health plans leaves a lot of money on the table, an especially difficult prospect for small businesses where profit margins are slim.

“It’s really a shame, because people are really just giving all this money away to health insurance companies without even realizing it.” 

So ClaimLinx abandons traditional methods of purchasing health insurance. Instead, it shows clients how to combine a high deductible plan from a major carrier with a self-funded medical expense reimbursement plan. 

The plan with a major carrier offers a wide physicians network with discounts for services and a stop loss in case of high medical costs. The medical expense reimbursement plan offers the ability to add a lower deductible and better cost-sharing measure for services, like copays.

Christy Quigley, President of ClaimLinx, compares this strategy to other types of coverage.

“People have car insurance, but they don’t buy it for $40 oil changes. Imagine how expensive it would be if it did. We use the same concept for health insurance.” 

This two-prong strategy allows small businesses to restore some of its health care dollars to its employees by delivering better benefits at a much lower price. 

Contact: Whitney Faber, (617) 892-4655
wfaber@claimlinx.com
www.claimlinx.com

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