Employers looking for an easy, affordable way to add value to their employee benefits packages should consider adding dental and vision benefits to their group health plans.
According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2019/2020 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, 42% of employees would sacrifice additional pay each month for a more expansive health benefit plan, a sharp increase from 27% in 2013.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a profound impact on small group health insurance. Rates have increased significantly as a result of the ACA. These rate increases have been particularly difficult for small groups.
This is where a level-funded health plan could be a good fit for your small business.
The new year is finally here and also a new round of Federal Government COVID relief. Thankfully, there is help available for your small business.
Get ready for round two of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Smaller businesses that did not receive a PPP loan the first time around could begin to apply on Monday, Jan. 11. Those that did receive one of the original loans can apply for a second PPP loan beginning today, Wednesday, Jan. 13, provided they meet eligibility requirements.
At the beginning of 2020, no one could have predicted what was in store for all of us. However, through these challenging times, Allied still had reasons to be proud. Take a look at our Top 10 highlights of what was quite possibly the craziest year ever.
The holiday season can be the most stressful time of year in the best of years with its office parties and gatherings with friends and family, in addition to extra shopping, holiday festivities and dining out. This year, we can add the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic to the mix and, with that said, it’s time to get creative and change things up in order to stay healthy and enjoy this time of year.
Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) date back to 1980 when the first PPO was organized to provide contracted rate medical care to a health plan. For providing “steerage” toward the medical providers in the PPO network, the providers granted discounted rates for their services to the health plan.
Over the years, PPOs have changed and morphed into multiple variations, but the end result is the same – health plan members are steered toward PPO providers for their medical care and given favorable discounted rates.
The advantage of this type of arrangement is very obvious – it’s price.
During the height of the pandemic, telehealth visits accounted for 69% of all provider visits, according to national data from Epic Health Research Network. Although that number has dropped to 21%, that is still higher than before the pandemic when telehealth only accounted for less than 1% of all provider usage.
Having health insurance is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. We insure our cars, home and other material items, so why would you decide to put yourself last? Car or home repairs can be very costly, but have you thought about what it would cost to fix YOU if something went wrong? Did you know that in 2020, the average cost to treat a concussion in an emergency room is $18,454?
We all have good and bad habits. Creating a routine for yourself and encouraging healthy habits can help you accomplish your health goals.
There’s no downside to being healthy; it can boost your energy level, improve mental performance, help you reduce your risk of chronic diseases and lead to a happier, more productive lifestyle.
So, what happens when you combine healthy habit tracking and gamification?
There’s a reason that 49% of Americans receive their health insurance through an employer-sponsored health plan. It’s a tax-advantaged way for an employer to provide “income” to an employee. It’s not really income--there’s nothing extra in an employee’s paycheck. However, it is tax free additional compensation in the form of health insurance benefits for an employee, and it’s tax-deductible for an employer to provide the benefits.
To understand why we have employer-sponsored health plans, a quick history lesson is needed.
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Allied National is a 90 Degree Benefits Company, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Founded in 1970, Allied National is one of the nation's oldest and most experienced third-party administrators. We're the small group benefit experts working to provide unique and affordable group health benefits to small business employers.