How To Best Handle Health Insurance Plan Changes
May 4, 2006
Many economists have suggested and recent economic data indicates that the economy is steadily moving in the right direction. A combination of several factors has no doubt had a negative impact on the economy over the last several years.
The recent state of the economy, combined with the increasing cost of healthcare, has made it difficult for all size employers to continue to offer the same level of employee benefits. In the case of health insurance, future plan modifications may be necessary over the next few years. This article should help you with health insurance plan changes – how to negotiate health insurance plan changes, how to prepare for health insurance plan changes, and how to live with health insurance plan changes.
After much consideration, these health insurance plan changes may take the form of increasing deductibles, out of pocket maximums, office visit copays, and prescription copays. Employees may also be required to increase their contribution amount. A vast majority of employees understand the current strain facing employers. Employees are particularly aware of the difficulties faced by medium and small business owners with health insurance costs and, thus, health insurance plan changes.
If you find that plan changes are inevitable, several aspects are very important to pay attention to when modifying your group health insurance coverage. Modify the parts of your plan that provide a savings while having the least impact on your employees. Make sure the changes are fair to both the employer and employee. Develop and execute a strategy that clearly communicates the plan changes as well as the reasons for the health insurance plan changes. Health insurance plan changes are important, and your employees deserve to know everything entailed in these health insurance plan changes. Do not leave the health insurance plan changes completely up to your employees to live with and learn. Explain these health insurance plan changes to them thoroughly and thoughtfully.
When the outlook for your business does improve, your organization’s ability to capitalize will greatly be dependent on your ability to attract and retain productive employees during difficult economic times.
Michael Ertel is the President of Ertel & Company, Inc. and has over 15 years of experience in the health insurance business. He is the founder of http://www.MedicalInsuranceNow.com which is an internet based service that assists individuals, families, and small business owners by providing side by side comparisons of health insurance alternatives and the convenience of applying for health coverage online.