We have all been told, at some point or another, to plan ahead. Whether or not we decided to take the advice a step further and execute is different for each person. The advice itself, however, is taken very seriously by many employers, especially towards the end of the year.
There’s been a lot of speculation recently about the impending healthcare reform bill. Early discussions in the legislature mention a potential government-run health insurance plan, more rights for consumers when dealing with insurers, and a “pay or play” provision requiring employers to provide coverage for their workers or subsidize a system that will. Despite all the noise, it’s crucial to remember that nothing has been solidified as of yet – even the exact number of uninsured is open to debate.
As children return to school and the year end looms closer, many employers’ health insurance comes up for renewal. While renewal meetings may seem difficult to schedule into a hectic day of business, this year, more than ever, it is crucial to make time for your employees’ insurance education. It doesn’t have to be “another meeting” – make it fun by offering snacks, combining it with a team building exercise, or raffle off a small door prize for everyone in attendance. This small step to encouraging your employee’s participation in their health plan education can go a long way towards employee satisfaction – with their benefits, and ultimately, with their job.