Here in the summer of there are small businesses who are in a position where they may be nearing their renewal time for of their employer group health insurance policy, and there are some businesses who feel that because they have been able to somewhat afford their health insurance costs as of late that they will simply continue on with their current program, but this is the time where some business owners may want to stop and review different options that could potentially offer them lower costs in terms of premium payments for their workers and their health care benefits.
As an example, some businesses may have had workers with preexisting health conditions or who may have been relatively unhealthy, which would obviously lead to a health insurance provider seeing a certain business as a higher risk in terms of potential payouts. Also, there have been some employers who have implemented health incentives plans within their workforce to prompt workers to stop smoking, begin exercising, or generally work to improve their overall health as some conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure can at times be related to an individual’s weight or lifestyle and if healthier practices are put in place this could cause some workers to either see a drop in their high blood pressure, may cure any weight-related diabetes conditions or could cause some workers to even no longer need certain types of medications.
It’s in these cases that businesses may find that if they either speak with their current insurance provider or look at other health insurance opportunities from different companies, they may find that lower costs for their employer group health insurance plan may be available. Understandably, this is not always a given as some businesses may simply have the best plan they can potentially qualify for at the present time, but if an overall workforce has become healthier or if changes have been made over the past year, a business who is reviewing their health insurance options may find either offers for more coverage, lower premiums for both the employer and workers, or in cases where an employer may only be offering high deductible health insurance plans, there could be changes made where, once again, more comprehensive healthcare options could be available.
Numerous health insurance providers will work with companies, particularly those who are considering changing from their old provider, if they can show that employees are in a healthier position or if a business owner researches and finds that their health insurance costs are well above average for similar companies, this could be an issue that may be brought up with the business’s current health insurance provider and, potentially lead to lower costs also.
What business owners need to be sure of is that they have researched average costs, trends, and other options that could be available as this could help a business owner review their health insurance needs, their situation in terms of their risk for an insurance provider, and even if a business owner does not change health insurance providers they may be able to work with a current provider, particularly if they have been with them for quite some time, to negotiate lower costs on their employer group health insurance plan.