ClaimLinx’s National Benefit Consultant, Tom Quigley, was featured on the My City Podcast with Bob Friedenthal. They talked about Tom’s success with clients in helping them save 20% or more on health insurance.
Bob Friedenthal: What percentage of the companies that you work with, do you ultimately save them money?
Tom Quigley: 100 percent.
BF: Wow, that’s a relatively big number.
TQ: It’s mathematically impossible not to save the way we do it.
BF: So the key to this is to get in front of people … because I think you’re absolutely in the right market for this.
TQ: Right now it’s very simple to save money, regardless of the size of your company. It’s a matter of … we work on what we save companies. Most insurance agents are working on how much you pay.
BF: That’s an interesting statement. Yes, I know people that, quote unquote, compete with you. But it’s [all about] what they bill, not what they save their clients. That can have a huge, huge impact. So tell us what the process is. How do you do that?
TQ: The first things is to look at what you’re currently doing. Most people buy what’s called a group health insurance plan. I’ll give you an example:
I have several companies, one in particular. … They had roughly 8 people and they were paying roughly $8,000 a month for health insurance.
With the same insurance carrier, we showed them that because of the Affordable Care Act, their employees were eligible for subsidies … So instead of paying the insurance company $8,000, they started paying the insurance company $1,500 a month.
Then what we showed them was: “Why not create a plan with a $0 deductible and have copays for everything and give your employees the best benefits in the area?” So they ended up net saving after 6 months roughly $30,000. And their employees have better benefits than they’ve ever had.
BF: Wow, wow, It’s almost mind boggling what you can do.
TQ: That’s also the problem. People — when I tell them I can save them 20% easily … They don’t believe it.
BF: Valid statement, valid statement. So really it’s about getting the word out and finding people who will say yes before they say no. The ‘no’ people: they’re creating their own demise. They’re so frozen.
TQ: What my line to them is: “What objection do you have to listening to me for 5-10 minutes?” I can help you increase the value of your company.
It really has nothing to do with insurance. It’s how you purchase the benefits, and that’s what everyone is missing. Benefits are what you pay when you go to the doctor or the pharmacy and how much [you pay] out of pocket if you have a surgery or a hospitalization.
The insurance is the piece that covers the risk that the company shouldn’t take. In essence, what everyone is doing, if you compared it to car insurance, is they’re buying oil change, gasoline and tuneup insurance.
BF: That’s the problem today. You get so many people that feel like they’re always being sold and instead if you can get in the door, you can prove to them that they’re going to benefit.
TQ: I’m not really selling anyone anything. I’m showing them how to take a liability and shift it to an asset. And I get rewarded based on how much assets I create.
BF: So what do you do? You go into a company and they show you what they’re doing. And you can see, probably almost instantaneously, that you’re going to save them money. Period.
TQ: I ask one question: What insurance carrier are you using? They say, “United Healthcare, Aetna, Anthem …” Whoever they’re using. I say to them, “Do you buy office visit copays and drug copays with the insurance company?” And they say, “Yes.” I instantly know that there’s 20% of savings just by showing them how to rearrange the group plan.
BF: Interesting. Well, we gotta get this video out to a lot of people so they can see what you’re all about. Because hands down if people are tunnel visioned enough, they won’t do anything. But if they’re willing to look at something. … That’s all it takes.
TQ: If they have an open mind, and they’re willing to change, and they’re truly looking out for the employees. Because you’re providing better benefits and you’re asking the employees to pay less, not more.
Contact Tom Quigley directly to talk about your options for saving.