Group Insurance – Five Tips to Maximize Employee Benefits

The cost of employee benefit plans has risen dramatically in recent years. That’s why it is crucial you work with an independent broker who specializes in employee benefit plans. The right broker can save your company thousands of dollars and create value-added service.

The following five tips will help you to maximize your employee benefit dollars:

  • Determine your company’s needs. A qualified, independent group specialist can work with you and your employees to identify which benefits offer the best value for your organization. It’s important to gather the necessary information through past claims experience, employee surveys and seminars to create the optimal plan.
  • Understand the types of coverage. Group insurance contains many components: life insurance, disability insurance, health, dental and vision coverage, and many of these categories have several sub-categories. It is imperative that the employer and employee understand the need and value of the various options. This will help control costs yet maximize the perceived value of the plan to employees.
  • Know the insurance company you are buying from. Many group carriers price their products aggressively in an attempt to earn your business, yet when it comes time to renew your coverage they are just as quick to increase your premiums. Other insurance companies prefer to avoid certain types of businesses and price their plans accordingly. Work with your broker to determine which insurance companies are receptive to your type of business and which companies have a hassle-free claims process.
  • Work with a trusted independent group specialist who is able to shop the market for you. An independent employee benefits specialist offers you the advantage of comparing the costs and benefits of many group insurance carriers, as opposed to a (captive) sales agent who is generally limited to promoting a single insurance carrier’s products. Furthermore, look for an experienced group specialist with proper credentials who comes recommended and is trusted within the business community. Ask for references or testimonials from existing clients.
  • Review your plan with your broker regularly. Your employee benefit needs can change with plan usage and with your company’s business cycle; your broker can offer recommendations to address these issues. There are many steps you can take to contain your costs, including increasing your deductible to keep in line with inflation, implementing annual maximums on certain components of the plan, and setting a cap on plan dispensing fees.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Paul 08/21/2008 at 9:02 pm

    I am looking at getting group insurance coverage, what plans an offers does your company provide?

    I am hoping to compare for 5 employee’s. Any advice that you can provide would greatly be appreciated.

    Thanks so much,

  2. LSM Insurance 08/21/2008 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the note. I received your email as well.

    I will have a broker in your area contact you.

  3. Ryan 05/23/2012 at 7:03 am

    Is is possible for a group of employees to choose and administrator and start their own group benefits plan, without the support of the employer themselves ?

  4. LSM Insurance 05/23/2012 at 8:20 am

    Thanks Ryan. Most group carriers usually require a minimum participation percentage.

    Another option would be an individual health and dental policy.

    You can check out the article link to lsminsurance.ca or call 1.866.899.4849 or mail us [email protected]

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