Companies constantly strategize and implement the arduous task of submitting budgets, finding ways to cut costs for the upcoming quarter or new year. One of the most effective ways to combat increasing health care costs for companies is to move to a Self-Funded insurance plan. By paying for claims out-of-pocket instead of paying a premium to an insurance carrier, companies can save around 20% in administration costs and state taxes. That's quite a cost savings!
Are you asking, “What is self-funding and how does it work?” Although self-funding is an extensive topic, we want to cover the basics. Read on below to learn more!
What is Self-Funding? Here Are THE BASICS.
When the employer assumes the financial risk for providing health care benefits to its employees, this is called self-funding.
Self-funded plans allow the employer to tailor the benefits plan design to best suit their employees. Employers can look at the demographics of their workforce and decide which benefits would be most utilized as well as cut benefits that are forecasted to be underutilized.
While previously most used by large companies, small and mid-sized companies, even with as few as 25 employees, are seeing cost benefits to moving to Self-Funded insurance plans. Companies pay no state premium taxes on self-funded expenditures. This savings is around 1.5% - 3.5% depending on in which state the company operates.
Since employers are paying for claims, they have access to claims data. While keeping within HIPAA privacy guidelines, the employer can identify and reach out to employees with certain at-risk conditions (diabetes, heart disease, stroke) and offer assistance with combating these health concerns. This also allows greater population-wide health intervention like weight loss programs and smoking cessation assistance.
Companies typically hire third-party administrators (TPA) to help design and administer the insurance plans. This allows greater control of the plan benefits and claims payments for the company.
As you can see, self-funding has many facets. It's important to gather as much information as you can and weigh the benefits and risks of moving from a fully funded plan for your company to a self-funded one.
Doing your research and making the move to a self-funded plan could help you gain greater control over your healthcare costs and allow you to design an original plan that best fits your employees.
Explore Your Self-Funding Options with KBI
Are you interested in learning more about self-funded insurance plans? After analyzing and developing a clear picture of your organization’s exposure to risks, we will provide you with recommendations and options. We will ensure you have the right level of insurance to meet your needs and protect your organization and its executives.
If you are ready to explore the self-funding plans we offer, contact us today by submitting our online contact form or calling us at 408.366.8880. We look forward to working with you!