Group Health Insurance for your Business and Employees
We are an advocate for employers to help create an employee benefits package for your employees to help attract and retain quality talent, as well as manage risk and cost. Our goal is to make your life easier by streamlining the process of selecting a package for your company, providing options, and listening to what is important to your business.
What is Group Health Insurance?
Group health insurance is used to cover a group of people under one insurance policy. It is a very valuable employee benefit that employers can offer to help employee retention.
Why should you Provide Group Health Insurance for your business?
Premiums for group health plans are typically lower than individual plans because the risk is spread among the employees.
Once you find a great employee, you don’t want to lose them. Providing benefits that help employee well-being is a huge incentive to stay with your company. Offering group health insurance shows that you care about their health and are appreciative of the work that they do.
Having one plan for all employees streamlines the insurance process which can save time and stress.
Team members that are healthy and well taken care of are more likely to produce high quality work. This is an opportunity to provide essential services to them such as preventative care, check-ups, and others at a more affordable cost.
Does every employee need to be on the plan?
If you choose to provide a group health plan, it must be offered to all qualifying employees that meet certain criteria that you can set. Employees must work a certain number of hours per week or meet a probation period (waiting period) to qualify for coverage.
Employer group plans usually require a certain number of employees enroll or participate in the plan as well.
Do Businesses have to offer health insurance to their employees?
Small Business under 50 employees are not required to offer health insurance to their employees.
The ACA requires that companies that have 50 or more employees must offer a group health insurance plan to eligible employees. To meet this requirement, you can provide a Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) plan.
Carriers have different requirements for minimum group size requirements.
Who pays for the premium?
Employers pay a percentage of the employee premiums. Carriers set a minimum amount that the employer must contribute. The minimum will vary carrier to carrier.
Let's say an employees cost of insurance is $400 in total and the employer contributes 75% of the premium cost.
Employers Pay: 75% of premiums ($300)
Employees Pay: 25% of premiums ($100)
If the carrier set minimum contribution requirement is met than you can decide how much you want to pay beyond that and do it by a percentage or flat dollar amount.
Why Choose Carlson & Associates?
Locally owned and operated and believe in local relationships and supporting the community
Being Independent allows us to offer a wider range of options from multiple companies to best fit you needs
We have been in business over 20 years and have strong relationships with top national/regional insurance companies
We value education of our staff and our clients to help guide you through making the best decision
We can offer better deals on insurance by comparing rates from multiple insurance companies
Ease of doing Business
We are invested in technology and want to do business the way you want to
Employee Benefit Resources we offer:
- Carrier Negotiations
- ACA Compliance
- Employee Notice Forms
- Annual Plan Reviews
- Cost-Sharing Strategies
- Self-Funded Options
- Employee Handbooks
- Online Enrollment Platforms for employees
- HR Online Platform/Library
Our Partner Companies:
We work with over 50 insurance companies including National companies, Regional companies, Trusts, and more!
Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your agent for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.