What You Need to Know About Disability Insurance

What You Need to Know About Disability Insurance

If you work, you should have at least a passing knowledge of disability insurance, no matter what kind of job you have. Disability insurance is not just for people who are employed in dangerous lines of work, such as construction or transportation; anyone can get stuck spending time out of work for an injury or illness, regardless of whether it’s related to the job. Many employees are confused about disability insurance, however, because there are several different ways to ensure you get some form of income if you are unable to work. 4 Types of Disability Insurance Coverage Here are the different types of coverage you may be eligible for to protect you in the event that one day you’re unable to work because of injury, mental or physical illness, or, in some cases, pregnancy. 1. Social Security While there is no federal disability insurance, Social Security may cover you …

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Employees Question Making Right Health Plan Choice on Their Own

Employees Question Making Right Health Plan Choice on Their Own

Having a choice of several health plans is important to workers, according to an Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) study, “Views on Employment-Based Health Benefits: Findings from the 2014 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey.” Although the research revealed most employees would like more choices than they currently have, the majority (85%) reported they believe their unions or employers selected the best health plan available. “But they are not as confident in their ability to choose the best available plan if their employers or unions did, in fact, stop offering coverage,” Paul Fronstin, director of EBRI’s Health Research and Education Program, pointed out. Surveyed employees indicated they weren’t highly comfortable using a rating system to choose health insurance on their own. They also expressed doubt that a rating system could help them decide on the best health insurance. When workers do choose between offered plans, the cost of premiums and …

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New Research: Employers Shifting Benefits

New Research: Employers Shifting Benefits

Despite the fact organizations are facing rising health care costs, many employers are directing more of their financial resources toward wellness and health benefits, according to new research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). However, this shift comes at a price. Evren Esen, director of SHRM’s Survey Programs, pointed out in a media statement that as health benefits increase, other perks are being cut. For example, the 2014 SHRM Employee Benefits Survey shows a trend toward decreasing employer provided financial and compensation benefits such as tuition assistance, dependent care flexible spending accounts, and executive incentive bonus plans. Health Benefits Remain Key The 2014 SHRM Employee Benefits Survey, sponsored by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, queried 510 randomly selected HR professionals about 300 benefits and found that health benefits remain of prime importance – 98% polled offer some type of health care coverage to their full-time employees. According …

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Top 5 Open Enrollment Tips

Top 5 Open Enrollment Tips

The following important tips will help your company plan a successful open enrollment. Tip #1: Design a Clear and Concise Open Enrollment Announcement  Make sure your open enrollment announcement clearly summarizes key information, including: Open enrollment period dates for all benefits Pre-tax contribution rates by specific benefit Post-tax contribution rates by specific benefit Premium increases (if any) Any benefit changes Tip #2: Create and Follow a Schedule for Communicating Open Enrollment Information Create a timeline to distribute the required communication materials to help ensure a successful open enrollment. The following is an example of a potential timeline: Email and/or mail your open enrollment announcement 7-14 days prior to the open enrollment period Send email reminders 1-3 days before the open enrollment period begins (include FAQs as an effective way to respond to the most commonly asked questions) Send a reminder on the 1st and 2nd days of open enrollment to all employees, …

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How to Educate Employees Getting Health Insurance For The First Time

How to Educate Employees Who Are Getting  Health Insurance For The First Time

As a result of the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” or the ACA — many people are now getting health insurance for the first time. If your company has extended health insurance to employees who’ve never had it before, you’ll be working with people who need to learn the basics. Here’s how to educate them about their new coverage. Remind Them About Compliance “The ACA is packed with rules and regulations, and employers should let employees know that the company is compliant with the health care reform law,” says Jeannie Wilcox, assistant vice president and director of communications at the Lockton Cos. That’s important because non-compliant employers are subject to fines, and employees without health insurance may face fees. Communicate Before Open Enrollment “As with employees who have had insurance before, it’s important to hold introductory meetings before open enrollment to outline plan basics,” says HR expert Jennifer Brown. She recommends holding an in-person or online …

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