By: Jen McCormick, Esq.
Healthcare has received so much attention over the past 10 years. Everyone has something to say about its current form, how comprehensive it should be, or who should be have a role in providing the coverage. The most contentious piece of the conversation, however, is cost. Healthcare can be expensive – particularly if you don’t pay attention. Guess what – it’s time to pay attention… This mean you employers!
As an employer do you take steps to encourage employees to make smart choices when it comes to healthcare? Are they encouraged to select generics? Are they told to read and understand the benefits available to them? Are they aware of the incentives the employer may offer for making an informed choice? These incentives don’t have to be limited to the plan document either! Consider having a staff meeting to review all the great benefits the plan offers, maybe poll the staff and see if the employees want to offer a certain benefit (i.e. acupuncture), or even have a quiz which asks questions about the benefits and rewards the highest scoring employee.
Whatever the method – it’s time to do something different and get employees engaged at the outset (prior to receiving healthcare benefits)!