How Did COVID-19 Affect the Insurance Market?

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Group Health, Health Insurance, Health Plans, Healthcare, Human Resources, Insurance, Teamwork

More than a year since the start of the pandemic, we are continuing to monitor the ripple effects on business operations worldwide. As one of the most highly visible – and scrutinized – sectors of the economy, the health insurance sector was forced to grapple with an extraordinary crisis. Although insurance analysts will be studying the influence of COVID-19 for years to come – and some of the pandemic’s effects have yet to be determined – here’s what we know about the impact of COVID-19 on the insurance market so far.

by Chris Freitas

COVID-19 Vaccine: How Should Employers Respond?

Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance, Payroll

Life is slowly returning to post-pandemic normalcy, but as an employer, you’re likely still facing some tough questions. As the COVID-19 vaccine has become widely available, you might be wondering whether you can require employees to receive a vaccine. As much as you want to keep your workforce as safe as possible, you might be dealing with employees who refuse to get a vaccine. You’re also considering how to keep workers safe as they transition from remote to on-site employment. To help you navigate these challenging and sensitive issues, read on for our guide to handling the COVID-19 vaccine and the return to on-site employment.

by Chris Freitas

What Should I Expect from My Employee Benefits Broker?

Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance, Payroll

Offering today’s employees the best benefits package possible is vital to companies focused on employee satisfaction and retention. The current business climate is fiercely competitive in nearly every industry. In terms of employee recruiting and retention, everyone needs to find the best and most affordable path to offering employees an attractive, contemporary package that keeps them healthy, happy, and onboard.

The right employee benefits broker can help you do that and much more.

by Chris Freitas

Benefits Compliance for Companies with Over 100 Employees

Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance, Payroll

As you and your team celebrate your company’s growth, allowing you to cross the threshold of employing over 100 employees to become classified as a medium-sized business, everyone is likely brimming with excitement and ideas about how to keep up the momentum.

by Chris Freitas

HR Technology Providers: Finding the Right One

Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance, Payroll

During the past decade alone, rapid technological advancements have radically altered the way many businesses operate today. Most small-and-medium-sized businesses leverage the power of technology to help spur continuous business growth amid organizational adjustments, increasing globalization, an ever-growing online marketplace, the trials of a global pandemic, and a rising desire for remote and mobile employment opportunities.

by Chris Freitas

How to Choose a Payroll Provider

Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance, Payroll

Managing your payroll in-house, month after month, is an extremely time-consuming and detail-intensive operation. Seventeen percent of small businesses spend 6-10 hours a month on payroll-related tasks, and 11% devote more than 10 hours per month. And the time you spend can end up costing you in other ways, too. A shocking 40% of small to mid-sized businesses face expensive IRS fines due to incorrect payroll filing.

To free up time, reduce errors, and streamline payroll operations, many companies eventually outsource to a payroll provider. Wondering how to choose a payroll provider? In this blog, we explore the most important points to consider as you prepare to outsource your payroll.

by Chris Freitas

How to Reduce the Cost of Employee Benefits and Optimize Spend

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Contribution Limits, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance

Now that we’ve completed our five-part blog series focused on optimizing your benefits plan, we hope you feel more informed and empowered to reduce the cost of employee benefits. Given the ever-increasing costs associated with healthcare, everyone needs to adopt the right option and develop the best strategy to save their business and employees.

by Chris Freitas

Captive & Consortium Health Plans: How to Save Costs on Your Benefits

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Contribution Limits, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance

Year after year, you watch the cost of your company’s group health insurance continue to rise. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average single and family premiums increased by 4% in 2020. Many employers searching for unconventional ways to offset costs are now considering alternative methods to funding their plans. Captive and consortium health plans offer two possible options of self-funding that can help contain costs and lower your overall risk. If you want to continue offering high-quality benefits and enjoy the advantages of a flexible self-funded program, these two options may be worth the consideration.

As we launch this fifth and final post in our Health Plan Cost Optimization series, let’s take a look at how captive and consortium health plans work, how they differ, and how they can help you save money on health plan costs.

by Chris Freitas

Self-Funded Insurance Plans: How to Save Costs on Your Benefits Program

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Contribution Limits, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance

As we launch this fourth post in our ongoing Health Plan Cost Optimization series, it’s time to take a closer look at self-funded insurance plans. Whether a fully insured or level-funded insurance plan isn’t right for your organization, or you need more information to make your final decision, we hope you find this look at self-funded plans helpful.

by Chris Freitas

Partially Self-Funded Plans: How to Save Costs on Benefits Programs

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Contribution Limits, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance

Traditionally, businesses looking for alternatives in health plan offerings faced a choice between conventional fully-funded plans and self-insured plans. If you’ve been searching for a way to limit your health plan costs but balked at the risks of a self-funded plan, you might want to consider a partially self-funded health plan. These plans borrow elements from both fully-funded and self-funded plans and offer a great stepping stone in the direction of self-funding.

Partially self-funded plans allow you to explore self-funding, lower your health plan costs and still provide high-quality benefits to your employees in the process.

Let’s take a look at partially self-funded plans, how they work, and how they can help your company save on health plan costs.

by Chris Freitas