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Health insurance for businesses.

Offering health coverage is a major decision for your business. When looking for a plan that fits the needs of your business and employees, you should carefully consider things like the cost to you and your employees, and the health services covered.

For a basic guide on some health insurance products and services that may be available to small businesses, check out these resources. You can also contact a licensed agent or broker for more help.

Note: Business owners with no employees can use the Marketplace for individuals and families to enroll in a health plan that best fits their needs. Learn more about coverage options for self-employed individuals here.

Group health insurance coverage

A group health insurance plan, like a plan purchased through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) or otherwise from a private insurance company, provides coverage to eligible employees. Business owners can offer their employees one plan or a selection of plans to choose from.

Small employers (generally those with 1-50 employees) may be eligible to purchase coverage through SHOP .

Enrolling in a SHOP plan is generally the only way for an eligible small employer, including non-profits, to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit .

If there are no SHOP plans available in your area, or your business is a large employer, you can work with an insurance company or licensed agent or broker to find out what group plans may be available to you, or learn more using the resources below.

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Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) are a type of group health plan. HRAs allow employers to help their employees pay for medical expenses, including premiums for individual coverage in some cases.

Guide to health reimbursement arrangements

Different types of health reimbursement arrangements may be available, depending on the size of your business and type of arrangement you offer, including HRAs for:

Use this guide to help you learn the key differences and decide on your options.

Health Savings Accounts and other tax-favored health plans

There are various health plans that are designed to give individuals tax advantages to offset health care costs. These include: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) , Health Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs) , and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) .

For more details on tax-favored health plans, refer to IRS Publication 969.

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Getting coverage through a small business health insurance plan can be more affordable than buying coverage by yourself. Here's what you need to know:

How much does small business health insurance cost?

An average eHealth small business plan covers 5 people and costs $1432 per month in premiums - or $286 per person.

Does my business qualify for a health insurance tax credit?

You may qualify for a tax credit that could cover some of the costs you pay for employees' premiums. This credit reimburses qualifying small businesses for up to 50% of the premiums paid toward health, dental, and vision insurance. eHealth can help you obtain your tax credit and find a small business health insurance plan that works best for you and your employees. In order to qualify:

How to choose the right small business health insurance plan

Assess your needs.

First, determine what your small business needs in a health insurance plan. Consider the following:

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There are a lot of factors to consider when weighing your small business health insurance options. At eHealth, we recommend using the following 5 criteria to find plans that best match your needs:

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Frequently asked questions

The insurance company will determine the final monthly cost for your group health insurance plan once your application has been reviewed and approved. Costs vary based on a number of criteria, including the size and location of your company, and the ages of your employees. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the health of your employees, including pre-existing conditions, no longer impact group health insurance rates. Please note that your final monthly rate will be the same whether you apply through eHealth, another health insurance agent, or directly with the insurance company.

An average eHealth small business plan covers 5 people and costs $1,432 per month in premiums - or $286 per person.

Typically, an employer covers at least 50% of the employee's monthly premium. In these cases, the employee covers the remainder of their own premium and then covers the full premium for any of their dependents. Minimum employer contribution levels may differ from state to state and from one insurance company to the next. Also, some employers opt to cover a higher percentage of the employee's monthly premium and sometimes a portion of the premium costs for an employee's dependents.

During the application process, you'll be able to indicate how much of your employees' (and their dependents') monthly premiums you would like to cover.

Group health insurance plans don't include coverage for dental and vision, but these are often available as benefit riders that can be added to your group health insurance plan for additional fees. Once you select a group health insurance plan, you'll have the opportunity to view the additional insurance plans or riders that are available in your area.

If you already have a broker or have purchased a group health insurance plan in the past through a broker or health insurance company, eHealth can help you to maintain your current plan or find a new plan that meets your health insurance needs.

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eHealth offers over 1,300 group health insurance plans from 70+ carriers throughout the United States. Our licensed agents shop and compare products from multiple insurers to curate plans that are optimal for each company's specific needs.

Group health insurance plans are categorized as either indemnity plans (also known as "traditional indemnity," "fee-for-service," or "FFS" plans) or managed care plans. Indemnity and managed care plans differ in their basic approach. The major differences concern choice of providers, out-of-pocket costs for covered services, and how bills are paid:

With an indemnity plan, you typically have a broader choice of doctors (including specialists, such as cardiologists and surgeons), hospitals, and other health care providers.

With a managed care plan, you typically have less out-of-pocket costs and paperwork. Indemnity plans once dominated the American health insurance market, but are no longer as popular as they used to be. Managed care plans now take up a much larger share of the general health insurance market and are especially dominant in the western parts of the country. There are three basic types of managed care plans: PPOs, HMOs, and POS plans.

An ICHRA plan can enable a company to focus on their business rather than navigating the complexities of group health plans. Monthly reimbursements provided by the employers don’t count as taxable income. In most cases, ICHRA increases employee options for health coverage by allowing them to shop for plans in the individual market and select coverage that best suits them.

Here are the steps for selecting and applying for a group health insurance plan:

Businesses with fewer than 50 full-time-equivalent employees aren't required to provide health insurance to their employees and won't face tax penalties for not doing so.

But that doesn't mean small businesses should not, or will not, provide health insurance for employees. Many wise employers offer health insurance because it's better for their workforce. Health benefits allow them to recruit and retain talented employees who expect to get health insurance with a job. And, when employees have access to health care, they're more likely to take part in preventative care procedures, which reduces illnesses, reduces absenteeism, and increases productivity.

In addition, small business employers may receive tax credits when they provide coverage, as follows:

Whether you offer health insurance to employees or not, you should make your employees aware of their obligation to seek health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. You also have to let your employees know that they have access to guaranteed coverage in the individual market and that they may be eligible for government subsidies if the coverage you provide them is not deemed to be affordable under the law.

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When it comes to health insurance coverage, a small business is generally considered an employer with one to 50 employees, excluding the owner, their spouse, and any family members. However, some states and private companies include businesses with one to 100 employees in their definition of a small business. You can use the Small Business Health Insurance Options Program (SHOP) to find ACA-compliant group plans, which you can offer to employees by purchasing coverage with help from an agent or broker. A SHOP plan is the only way to qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you can’t find a plan on the SHOP marketplace, you can find one directly through insurance company websites.

If you offer SHOP coverage, you must offer it to all full-time employees and have an office or worksite in the state where you’re applying for coverage. Not all providers offer SHOP plans, and they may not be available everywhere. Whether you decide to enroll in a SHOP plan or another group health insurance plan, you’ll want to choose a reputable company that prioritizes your employees and their healthcare needs. We evaluated companies based on the benefits they provide and their third-party ratings, so you can choose the right health insurance partner for your small business.

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Methodology, best overall : blue cross blue shield.

Nationwide availability

Wide provider network

Offers a variety of workplace wellness programs

Blue365 provides employees with discounts on health products and services

J.D. Power rating varies by region

With coverage in every U.S. ZIP code and a variety of national networks to choose from, Blue Cross Blue Shield can meet the needs of almost any business. The company was also our top pick for the best health insurance provider overall. But since BCBS is a group of companies, benefits vary by region, as do customer satisfaction ratings. It’s important to evaluate your BCBS company for issues like customer complaints. 

BCBS workplace wellness programs vary by state, but as an example, BCBS Mississippi trains company leaders to teach fitness classes, and offers a significant reduction in health insurance premiums for employees who commit to working out at least twice per week. Other benefit offerings vary by region as well, but Anthem offers 24/7 virtual care, a convenient mobile app, a variety of plan types, and the option to bundle health coverage with dental, vision, life, and/or disability insurance. And the Blue365 discount program provides your employees with robust discounts on wellness-related products and services.

Best for Telemedicine : Oscar

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$0 virtual urgent care available 24/7

Access to Cigna’s network with no referrals needed

A convenient mobile app with rewards for walking

Limited geographical availability

Oscar makes it easy for your employees to request virtual care from a convenient mobile app, and with most plans, there’s no cost to talk to a doctor online. Employees can also use the app to refill their prescriptions, message their care team, track their deductibles, and even get rewarded for meeting their step goals. What’s more, Oscar has partnered with Cigna to give members access to the company’s national and local provider networks. You can give your employees two network options, both of which don’t require specialist referrals and which include the Cigna Behavioral Health Network. 

However, availability is limited to a few different states, cities, and metro areas: Georgia, Tennessee, Connecticut, select Arizona counties, select California counties, the Philadelphia metro area, Kansas City, Chicago, and St. Louis.

Best for Customer Satisfaction : Kaiser Permanente

Ranked highly by J.D. Power for customer satisfaction

4.3-star NCQA rating

Administers health payment accounts (HRA, HSA, or FSA) for deductible plans

Offers complementary care, vision, and dental plans

Kaiser Permanente received the best third-party member experience ratings of any insurer we reviewed. Its average NCQA rating is 4.3 stars (higher than all other providers). And it came in first for customer satisfaction in five of 22 regions—this is significant because it’s only available in eight states and Washington D.C. What’s more, Kaiser offers a range of health plan options, from PPO plans to deductible HMOs that can be paired with a health savings account or health reimbursement arrangement. And it’s affordable to add extra benefits for your employees, which include not only dental and vision, but also complementary care, such as acupuncture and chiropractic. 

However, Kaiser Permanente plans are only available in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Virginia, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia. And while the company provides resources and support for establishing a workplace wellness program, Kaiser is less hands-on than some Blue Cross Blue Shield companies when it comes to specific workplace programs. The company does, however, offer a variety of fitness discounts, and members can speak with a wellness coach at no cost.

Best for Extra Benefits : UnitedHealthcare

Offers a variety of extra benefits beyond just vision and dental

Offers options for part-time and seasonal workers

A+ (Superior) financial strength rating with AM Best

Customer satisfaction varies by region

UnitedHealthcare allows you to offer employees a variety of choices for plan types. It even provides bundled savings when you choose to offer additional coverage, such as vision, dental, hearing, and disability and absence benefits, plus supplemental, pet, and life insurance benefits. UnitedHealthcare also offers a unique program designed for part-time and seasonal workers, which is the only such program available nationwide. Level-funded and fully insured options are available for traditional major medical coverage, and a lower-cost, level-funded, limited minimum essential coverage option is also available. In addition, UHC offers a variety of workplace wellness programs, including a no-cost virtual weight loss program and rewards for physical activity. Group health plans include a discount program as well.

UnitedHealthcare also boasts relatively strong third-party ratings, with an average NCQA rating of 3.5 stars and an A+ (Superior) financial strength rating from AM Best, the highest grade of any of the featured providers on this list. However, the company’s customer satisfaction rating in the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Commercial Member Health Plan Study varies by region. For example, the company was ranked lowest (out of seven providers) in Florida, but ranked second in the Heartland. 

Best Self-Insured Plans : Aetna

Offers self-insured funding options

Offers a suite of more than 70 wellness programs

Dedicated support for new business onboarding

$0 MinuteClinic copays for self-insured members

MinuteClinic benefits not available to fully-insured groups in some states

If you’re looking for more plan flexibility and the possibility of greater savings, Aetna is our top pick for self-insured funding options. Self-funding with Aetna can save you as much as 25% on monthly costs, plus the insurer returns 50% of the surplus to your business. At the same time, stop-loss insurance protects you from unaffordable costs. HSA accounts are also available to employees, as are $0 copays for many MinuteClinic services. Just keep in mind that some fully-insured groups don’t get the same benefits. 

Aetna also offers a suite of tools to members of self-insured plans, including a convenient mobile app that can provide rewards for reaching personalized goals, virtual care through Teladoc, and virtual fitness classes. The company also has an A (Excellent) financial strength rating with AM Best, and an average 3.3 NCQA star rating for its commercial plans, which indicates above-average member satisfaction. You can get group dental coverage through the provider as well. But Aetna’s group plans aren’t available everywhere.

Bear in mind that if you opt for self-insurance, you’ll be subject to IRS reporting requirements , regardless of your business size.

Blue Cross Blue Shield was our top pick all-around, and will be an especially good choice in regions where BCBS has high customer satisfaction ratings, robust workplace wellness programs, and other benefits. But if a convenient app with easy access to virtual care is most important to your employees, you may want to go with Oscar. And if you want the best customer experience for your employees, Kaiser is an excellent choice. 

We recommend Aetna for small businesses pursuing self-insurance, and UnitedHealthcare is the best option for businesses that want the most extensive benefits package, especially those who want options for their variable-hour employees. Your budget and location may also limit your choices, but our top picks are all reputable providers that offer good coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i get health insurance for a small business.

If you’re self-employed, check the best health insurance companies for self-employed workers. Otherwise, you have a couple of options: The first is to work directly with a private insurer to get a fully-insured or self-funded plan. The second is to compare plans offered through the Small Business Health Insurance Options Program (SHOP), and to purchase coverage directly or with help from a broker. 

While this program offers robust options in some states, others have limited or no plans available. Generally, getting SHOP coverage is the only way to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, which could save you up to 50% on your premium contributions. You must meet other eligibility requirements as well.

Do Small Businesses Have to Provide Health Insurance?

No employer is required to offer health coverage for its employees, but companies with at least 50 employees that do not offer health coverage are subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment. If you choose to offer health insurance coverage to your full-time employees, you must offer it to all full-time employees once they become eligible, and there is a 90-day maximum waiting period.

How Much Does Small Business Health Insurance Cost?

Your total cost will depend on several factors, including the location of your business and the type of network you choose. In 2021, businesses with fewer than 200 employees spent an average of $6,569 per employee on annual health insurance premiums for single coverage and $14,094 for family coverage. Experts generally recommend keeping group health insurance costs between 10% and 20% of your annual revenue. 

What Is a Self-Insured Health Plan?

A self-insured health plan is a type of group health insurance in which the employer collects premiums and is responsible for paying claims when employees need care. These plans can be self-administered, or the business may work with an insurance provider to get stop-loss coverage and administrative support. 

There are several benefits to self-funded plans. Employers can keep surplus premiums (or receive a portion returned by the stop-loss carrier), plans can be customized to a greater degree, and certain ACA provisions that lead to high costs can be avoided. Increasingly, small businesses are opting for self-funded coverage. But self-insured plans aren’t right for every business.

We compared the largest health insurers nationwide and considered criteria in the following categories to determine the best health insurance companies for small businesses.

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What is small-group health insurance.

In most states, small-group health insurance is medical insurance purchased by businesses with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees , to provide health coverage for the employees and their families. In four states , small group plans are sold to businesses with up to 100 employees (in most states, businesses with 51+ employees obtain coverage in the large group market, but in those four states, the large group market starts with businesses that have at least 101 employees).

How are small group health plans regulated?

Small-group plans effective since January 2014 are required to fully comply with Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) rules that apply to individual and small-group health plans.

Insurers can’t use a group’s medical history to set premiums for ACA-compliant small-group plans, and premiums for older employees cannot be more than three times those for younger employees. ACA-compliant small-group plans also have to fit into one of the four metal levels and cover the ACA’s essential health benefits with no dollar limits on how much the health plan will pay for a member’s treatment.

How can a business obtain small-group health insurance?

Businesses can buy small-group plans at any time of the year, directly from an insurance company, via a broker or private exchange, or from a state’s SHOP exchange (most states no longer have SHOP exchange plans available, but some do; in the District of Columbia , small group plans can only be obtained in the SHOP exchange).

In most states, insurers can impose participation requirements (in terms of the percentage of employees who sign up for the coverage) as well as employer contribution requirements (in terms of the amount of the premiums covered by the employer, as opposed to being payroll deducted). But there’s a one-month window each year, from November 15 to December 15 , when small group coverage is guaranteed-issue even to small groups that don’t meet the normal participation or contribution requirements.

Purchase of a SHOP plan may qualify the buyer for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit . In states that use, SHOP plans are now purchased directly through the insurance companies, or with the help of a SHOP-certified broker .

Find out whether your business would benefit by providing small-group coverage for employees .

How can employees enroll in small-group health insurance?

When an employer purchases a small-group health plan, eligible employees are enrolled if they choose to accept the coverage. After that initial enrollment window, employees can sign up during an annual open enrollment period (set by the employer and the insurer), or during a special enrollment period triggered by a qualifying life event . Newly eligible employees can enroll as soon as they become eligible, which can be at any time of the year (for example, a new hire, or a person who transitions from part-time to full-time).

Are there any other alternatives for small groups to obtain health insurance?

Yes. Small groups can choose to self-insure rather than purchasing ACA-compliant health insurance from an insurance company. Self-insurance is the primary type of coverage used by large employers. And although it’s not as common among small employers, it is possible.

Another option is to use a QSEHRA or ICHRA , both of which involve the employer reimbursing employees for the cost of self-purchased health coverage.

Are small employers required to offer health coverage?

No, unless they have 50 full-time equivalent employees. As noted above, groups with up to 50 employees are considered small groups in most states. The ACA’s employer mandate requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer health coverage to full-time employees.

So there is that slight overlap: A business with exactly 50 full-time equivalent employees does have to offer coverage, and would be purchasing coverage in the small group market if they choose to purchase group coverage from an insurer. But as noted above, they could also choose to self-insure or use a reimbursement arrangement that lets the employees purchase their own coverage in the individual market (the reimbursement must be substantial enough that the self-purchased coverage would be considered affordable ).

Businesses with 49 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are not required to offer health coverage. Many do as a way to attract and retain employees, but there is no government requirement that they provide health benefits to their workers.

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electing a small business health insurance plan is one of many important decisions you’ll need to make as a small business owner.

To help you choose a health insurance plan that balances your budget and your employees’ healthcare needs, we’ve created this small business guide to health insurance.

Read on to get an overview of insurance requirements, costs and considerations, and recommendations for the best health insurance providers for small businesses.

How does small business health insurance work?

Rules can vary from state to state, but there are four basic rules of thumb when it comes to small business health insurance:

Are you required to provide health insurance?

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , you are required to provide health insurance if you have fifty or more full-time employees.  You may have to pay penalties if you don’t provide benefits to those employees who qualify. There may be additional criteria depending on where your business is based, so we highly recommend referencing your state laws and regulations.

Why should you offer small business health insurance?

Understandably, you may be worried about whether you can afford to provide health care coverage to your employees. While it will use up a portion of your business expenses, offering health insurance doesn’t need to be completely cost-prohibitive.

For instance, you can utilize health reimbursement arrangements or health savings accounts to help you and your employees afford health benefits. Whatever you choose, it’s a good idea to seek the help of a tax or financial professional who specializes in these sorts of matters to help you determine how it could affect your business financially.

Here are some of the top reasons to consider offering health insurance:

How much does health insurance for a small business cost?

Small business owners tend to be concerned about costs when offering group health insurance. There are plenty of health insurance options to ensure you stay within budget and increase health insurance coverage as you need to.

According to a 2022 Kaiser Family Foundation study , the average annual premium for employer-sponsored health insurance was $7,911 for single coverage, with the employer contributing $6,581 on average. 

Cost to employer

Employers should expect to pay about 50% of insurance premiums for their employees. This is a requirement to qualify for the federal small-business healthcare tax credit. It is also often required by the insurance companies themselves.

Therefore, if the annual average in 2022 for health insurance for an individual was $7,911, you would have to pay about $3,955 a year for a single employee.

Cost to employees

With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the maximum out-of-pocket limit for 2023 is:

The most budget-friendly option for group coverage is a high deductible, low premium plan. That way, your upfront out-of-pocket costs are lower. You might also look at options for low deductible, high premium plans if you or your employees carry different health needs – this will come at a higher cost.

In general, you’ll be able to choose from different tiers to see how much coverage other plans provide. Coverage options might look like this:

There are some insurance companies that offer the following types of tiers:

Don’t forget to factor in a plan’s total deductible and out-of-pocket limits. The entire plan cost will be the same as the deductible plus the monthly premium. This means that even if your premium seems low, it could end up more expensive compared to other plans once you factor in the total deductible.

It’s also essential to consider copays that your employees will need to pay. Some employees will want to set up a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) or Health Savings Account (HSA). Make sure to look into where this fits into your group health insurance plans.

Factors that affect the cost of health insurance

In general, five factors will determine the cost of health insurance coverage:

You’ll also find plans that differ by type of network. This will determine how accessible various doctors are to your employees. You’ll usually find the following options:

How to Choose the Right Health Insurance for Your Small Business

In addition to understanding the components of health insurance plans outlined above, reviewing a plan’s eligibility features will help you determine what your employees will appreciate the most.

In most cases, health insurance plans will offer the following benefits:

Take a careful look at what different plans offer as far as deductibles and coverage costs. There may be limits or caps in place to prevent employees from accessing too much of a particular type of service. Keep in mind that some employees may have dependents they wish to add to their health insurance coverage.

When choosing a health insurance plan, consider your employees’ needs and what they may benefit from the most. You may end up paying more upfront, but retaining your best employees will lead to a significant positive impact on your business's success in the long run.

Now that you know a little more about small business health insurance, let’s look at how to shop for affordable insurance options.

How to find affordable small business health insurance

Best health insurance companies for small business owners

These are a few of the top health insurance companies for small businesses, as well as an overview of each:

United Healthcare 

Pros: United stands out for providing the largest network of providers. It also offers benefits options for part-time and seasonal employees, virtual therapy, and specialty healthcare, and is a leader in technology in the form of helpful in-app services.

Cons: United has been sued for wrongfully denied claims. It also does not offer a platinum plan.

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Pros: BCBS stands out for its customer service ratings. It operates in all 50 states (and some international locations) and has comprehensive healthcare offerings, including workplace wellness plans.

Cons: This service comes at a cost. BCBS has higher-than-average healthcare premiums and high deductibles.

Pros: Elevance is one of the most affordable insurers in this group. It offers numerous plan types and an extensive network of healthcare providers.

Cons: Elevance is only available in 14 states. It has a high rate of coverage denials which may explain its low customer satisfaction ratings.

Pros: Aetna places a strong emphasis on preventative treatments and encourages participants to make healthy lifestyle choices. It is also known for user-friendly experiences, whether online, in-app, or over the phone, and for its affordable prices.

Cons: Aetna only operates in 16 states and has a history of wrongfully denying claims. This may also explain its higher-than-average complaint rate.

Kaiser Permanente

Pros: Kaiser Permanente is the cheapest insurer in the group providing low prices for equivalent plan options. It has a wide range of available plans and runs a system of private hospitals only available to its plan participants.

Cons: It is only available in eight states and Washington D.C., and because it is a closed group, care options may be limited. 

Pros: Humana offers participants the most flexibility to customize their plans, with add-ons like dental, vision, and hearing insurance.

Cons: Their plans are pricey compared to other insurers. 

Pros: Cigna stands out because of its live customer service, accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It also gets excellent customer reviews and has a huge network of 1.5 million providers worldwide.

Cons: It is only available in 12 states, and its monthly premiums are expensive. 

Alternatives to health insurance

You can utilize health reimbursement arrangements or offer health savings accounts (typically only available on high deductible health plans) to make benefits more affordable.

Additionally, there may be tax credits or other state services that are available to you depending on the size of your small business.

Affordable health insurance for your small business isn’t impossible to find! Carefully consider your budget and benefit options, as well as your employees’ needs, to choose the best plan. 

You may end up paying more upfront, but think of this as the cost to retain key employees.

For more information, visit to learn more about small business health insurance options, costs, and eligibility. 

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What You Need To Know About Group Health Insurance For Open Enrollment

Alena Hall

Updated: May 10, 2022, 4:21pm

What You Need To Know About Group Health Insurance For Open Enrollment

Nearly 50% of insured Americans receive health insurance coverage through group plans provided by employers, according to 2019 Census data. However, many of them may not have thought much about how exactly this group health insurance works.

Group health insurance provides many benefits, but when your insurance plan is tied directly to your employment, you risk a sudden loss of health coverage should your job situation change. In 2017, 22% of uninsured Americans reported losing their health insurance due to job loss or change in employment status.

Whether you recently started a new job and want to learn more about how your new group coverage works, you already have group coverage and want to know more about it, or you just lost or quit your job and worry you’ve lost health insurance coverage, this guide can help you understand the ins and outs of group health insurance.

What Is Group Health Insurance and How Does It Work?

Group health insurance—sometimes called employer-based coverage—is a type of health insurance plan offered by an employer of a member organization. Members of a group health insurance plan usually receive coverage at a lower cost because the risk to the insurer is distributed across multiple members.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), businesses with 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance to full-time employees and dependents under the age of 26 or pay a fee. Insurers are also required to provide group coverage to organizations with as few as two employees. Some states allow self-employed individuals to qualify for group coverage plans as well.

Group health insurance plans are selected and purchased by companies or organizations and then offered to employees. In most states, a group insurance plan is required to have a 70% participation rate, though some states’ minimum rate is higher or lower.

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Benefits of Group Health Insurance Plans

Group health insurance policies have a number of advantages and benefits over individual plans. Many employers provide supplemental health plans, which include dental coverage, vision coverage and pharmacy coverage, either separately or as a bundle.

The main benefit group plans offer is lower premiums. According to 2018 research conducted by eHealth, a private online marketplace for health insurance, the average premium cost per individual in a group health insurance plan was $409 a month compared to $440 for an individual plan. In the same study, small group health plans had an average deductible of $3,140 a year compared to $4,578 for individual plans.

Additionally, family members and dependents can be added to group plans at an additional cost to members, which can assist families with sole providers or whose alternative or individual health plan options carry significantly higher prices.

Group health insurance plans provide numerous tax benefits to both the employer and employee. The money employers pay towards monthly premiums is tax-deductible, and employees’ premium payments can be made pre-tax, which may reduce their total taxable income.

Some smaller businesses may also qualify for the small business health care tax credit . The small business health care tax credit benefits an employer with fewer than 25 full-time employees who pays average wages of less than $50,000 a year, offers a qualified health plan through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace and pays at least 50% of the cost of health care coverage for each employee (but not for family or dependents).

Who Can Sign Up for Group Health Insurance?

To be eligible for group health insurance, an employee must be on payroll and the employer must pay payroll taxes. Individuals usually not eligible for group coverage include independent contractors, retirees and seasonal or temporary employees. Employees who are on unpaid leave are often ineligible for group coverage until they return to work.

Generally, group health insurance coverage must also be offered to an employee’s spouse and dependent children until age 26, though employers may choose to expand the age definition for child dependents. Employers may also opt to extend health benefits to unmarried partners of the same or opposite sex, and that coverage must mirror the coverage extended to spouses on the same plan.

How to Enroll in Group Health Insurance

To enroll in a group health care plan provided by your employer, ask about the deadline for enrollment once hired. If you miss this deadline, you might have to wait until the annual open enrollment period to join. Some employers may have waiting periods of up to 90 days before new employee health insurance kicks in. You won’t have to pay premiums during this time, but you won’t have access to any health care coverage, either.

Some group health insurance plans offer different tiers of coverage or supplemental coverage like dental, vision and/or pharmacy. During open enrollment periods, you can make decisions about these insurance choices your employer provides, as well as add or remove any dependents. If a major life event like marriage, the birth of a child or a spouse’s loss of employment changes your circumstances, you may be able to enroll these new dependents in your group health insurance plan outside the open enrollment period.

Where to Find Group Health Insurance Plans

The most common way to get group health insurance coverage is through an employer. If your employer doesn’t offer health insurance due to the small size of the company or if you’re unsatisfied with your employer’s coverage options, look into coverage through a membership organization. If you belong to a membership organization offering a group health plan, such as AARP, the National Association of Female Executives, the Writer’s Guild of America or the Freelancers Union, you may be able to get health insurance coverage through your membership.

Be wary of plans offered by some membership organizations, as many offer a “health services discount” plan, which may save you money on prescriptions but isn’t a true health insurance plan.

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Group Health Insurance for the Self-Employed

Approximately 25.7 million small businesses in 2017 were considered “nonemployers,” or businesses with no paid employees, according to a 2020 report from the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy. If your business doesn’t have any employees, you’re considered a small group of one.

Even though you’re self-employed, you may be able to buy group health insurance for your company in certain states. Check with your state’s insurance department to determine whether your state allows group policies to be sold to groups of one.

What to Do If You Lose Your Group Health Benefits

If you lose your job, you may also lose your employer-sponsored group health insurance. You and your dependents may be able to keep this coverage through what’s called continuation coverage.

In 1985, Congress passed the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), which allows employees who lose their jobs to buy group health coverage for themselves or for their families for a limited amount of time. Under COBRA, the same group insurance plan with the same benefits must be made available to the terminated worker; however, the former employee must pay the full cost—including whatever the employer has previously covered—of the plan.

Continuation coverage is often much more expensive than an individual health insurance plan, so consider the price, benefits and network of providers carefully before making the choice to keep your coverage through continuation coverage temporarily instead of moving to an individual plan.

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by Karen McCandless | Updated Aug. 5, 2022 - First published on May 18, 2022

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Health insurance is one of the biggest headaches for any HR department and small business. There are so many uncertainties around what kind of plan to provide, how much it will cost, how to administer the plan, and whether you even are required to provide a plan.

It doesn’t help that the rules and regulations have changed so much in recent years, from the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by President Barack Obama in 2010, to attempts to repeal the act by the current administration, to the effect of the upcoming election on health insurance plans.

For small businesses trying to stay on the right side of the law while managing costs and trying to keep employees happy and healthy, this is all a lot to take in. That’s why we have created this guide that covers small business healthcare requirements and touches on the relevant health insurance laws.

1. What do small business owners need to know about health insurance requirements?

Some businesses are required by law to provide health insurance, while some are exempt. We’ll dive into these exemptions below, but there are basic requirements when it comes to providing health insurance to your employees.

Firstly, when you provide a health insurance plan, it must meet the benefit, coverage, and affordability standards set out in the ACA. You also have to offer all eligible employees some form of health insurance within the first 90 days of their employment.

2. Do small businesses have to provide health insurance under the ACA?

Small businesses that have fewer than 50 full-time employees (or the equivalent in part-time workers) do not have to provide health insurance under the ACA, which is sometimes referred to as Obamacare.

Since most small businesses have under 50 employees, this means most are exempt. If you have more than 50 full-time employees, you are required by law to provide health insurance.

The caveat to this is that laws do change, especially as political administrations change, so it’s important to have measures in place to keep up with the latest regulations. This could mean subscribing to industry publications and newsletters, consulting with legal experts, or even reading your HR software vendor’s blogs. The HR software Workday even provides training on dealing with the ACA.

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3. What benefits are there to providing health insurance?

While you are under no legal obligation as a small business to provide health insurance, there are a number of reasons why you should consider it.

Providing health insurance will help you attract talent, as people prioritize benefits packages when searching for jobs. As a small business, you might not be able to offer the same compensation as large enterprises, but you can make up for that by offering attractive benefits, such as health insurance. In fact, two-thirds of businesses provide health insurance as a way to attract and retain workers.

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Businesses often offer health insurance to attract and retain talent. Image source: Author

Also, a healthy workforce is a happy workforce, and prevention is better than needing to find a cure. Providing health insurance shows employees that you care about their well-being, boosting morale, improving satisfaction, and helping retain talent.

You also want to encourage your employees to look after their health -- both physical and mental -- as illness-related lost productivity costs US businesses about $530 billion per year.

There are also financial benefits to providing health insurance. You can normally deduct your contributions from your taxes, and there are also tax breaks that are offered on a state-by-state basis.

If you use the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace to buy your health insurance, you may also be eligible for federal tax breaks or tax credits.

4. How can I purchase a health insurance plan?

There is more than one way to purchase a health insurance plan. Here are the most popular for small businesses:

5. How many employees do you need to qualify for group health insurance?

Group health insurance is a cost-effective way for small businesses to offer health insurance, as it’s cheaper than buying individual plans.

A company has to have fewer than 50 employees to qualify for group health insurance. You also have to have an office of some sort (even if it’s only a desk in a coworking space) in the state where you’re applying for coverage, and you need to enroll at least 70% of your uninsured employees.

If you’re a family-run business, you need to check your eligibility for group health insurance, as you need to have workers who are not related to or the spouse of the owner of the company. If you only employ family members, you’ll need to apply for a family health insurance plan instead. Sole proprietors also cannot apply for group health insurance.

Part-time employees and seasonal workers do not count as part of the group, but you can still choose to offer them group health insurance. You can also provide individual health insurance to specific workers alongside your group plan.

6. What is the minimum employer contribution for health insurance?

If you meet the requirements and you opt for a group health insurance plan, you have to pay at least half of the monthly health insurance premiums. You also have to allow employees to cover their dependent children until they are 26, even if they don’t live at home.

However, if you purchase health insurance through the QSEHRA, there are no minimum contribution requirements, and you can decide how much to give each employee each per month.

7. Do small-business employers have to report health insurance on Form W-2?

Under the ACA, employers must report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan on an employee’s Form W-2. The cost reported should include both the amount paid by the employer and the amount paid by the employee. You don’t have to report dental, vision, liability insurance, and wellness programs on these forms.

While you have to report health insurance costs on this form, that doesn’t mean that this contribution is taxable. Many companies are actually eligible for tax relief from these contributions.

8. Where can I get help to manage my health insurance plan?

Once you’ve chosen a small employer health insurance plan, you still have to administer this plan and ensure that it is cost-effective and meets the necessary requirements. That’s where HR software can help.

If you choose a solution like Zenefits , you can gain insight into how much your benefits are costing you, plus how many employees are enrolled in your health insurance plan. You can also give employees access to a self-service portal to help them understand more about the plan and easily enroll in it.

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Stay ahead of the game

Providing health insurance to employees can be costly, time-consuming, and complicated, but it can also be beneficial when it comes to attracting and retaining talent, boosting employee morale and satisfaction, and improving productivity levels. You need to weigh the options and decide on a way forward that’s best for your business.

Talk to legal experts, see what your employees think about whether health insurance is a priority, and seek advice from your HR software vendor , as they should have significant experience in benefits administration . And then do what’s best for you to be able to run your business smoothly. It’s an important decision, so don’t rush it.

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Group health insurance plans for small businesses: An overview in America

In general, any health coverage option an employer offers to its employees and their families falls within the “group health plans” definition. You’ll see that term quite a bit when researching group health insurance plans for small businesses.

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) performs systematic studies to generate trusted information on national health issues, including group employee health benefits . In 2020, KFF released its Employer Health Benefits Survey revealing health benefit trends. Here are a few pointers to show how small businesses (3-199 employees, per the study’s sample) are doing.

The majority of small businesses are offering health coverage

In the past, group health insurance plans for small businesses were more of a bonus than a staple benefit. Today, more companies of all sizes offer their employees health insurance plans, whether they cover the entire premium or not.

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Even while most people are familiar with conventional, fully-funded healthcare coverage from traditional carriers, a significant portion of small companies choose alternative insurance options.

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Small business owners offer benefits beyond the more standard medical, dental, and visual care.

The data shows that the majority of American small business owners believe there are advantages to making group health insurance plans available for their staff. If it’s your first time choosing a plan or you’re looking into new carriers or plans, keep reading to discover the five primary types of insurance your company can access.

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1) fully-funded plans.

Traditional, large carriers offer fully-funded plans in which they take all the insurance policy risk. Your company pays a fee for the insurance company to manage claims and benefits for your employees. 

These types of plans are becoming less common among small businesses because they are often relatively pricey, with little flexibility in plan options. Besides adding taxes and administrative costs, carriers charge small businesses more than larger companies with less risk due to the number of employees. 

On the positive side of fully-funded plans, you will pay the same premium each month during the plan period, making budgeting more predictable. But don’t get too comfortable. Carriers typically raise your rates each year based on several factors they rarely reveal.  

An individual assessment of your startup may make a fully-funded plan a more suitable option. For example, if you have a smaller number of employees, many of whom are older and file many claims, having the insurance company assume the risk could be the best choice for you.

2) Self-funded plans

In a self-insured or self-funded plan, the employer assumes the financial risk of the health policy. By choosing this among other types of group health insurance plans for small businesses, your company pays a more affordable, fixed fee to the carrier, plus employee medical claims as they come. Your and your employees’ contributions fund the plan.

However, with some self-funded plans, employers must pay for claims without a cap on how much they may have to pay. While the “pay-as-you-go” approach is advantageous when employees don’t file many claims, it could be risky in cases of catastrophic claims. Since the company assumes policy risk, fees could skyrocket in this scenario and blow your budget out of the water.

3) Level-funded

Like self-funded plans, the level-funded option allows employers to pay an affordable and predictable fixed monthly fee into its claims fund based on an estimate of eventual claims, plus a third-party administrator (TPA) fee to handle the benefits management. 

However, there’s a substantial difference between self-funded and level-funded plans : the level-funded policy also includes a monthly cash flow stabilization component. In this type of group health insurance plans for small businesses, you pay as you go, with a cap on total possible costs, making your costs “level.”

When claims surpass the cap, stop-loss insurance kicks in to cover any overages. Even if employees file more or larger claims than expected, your company never has to pay more than your predetermined cap. 

You only pay for what you use, giving you peace of mind your budget is safe. What happens when claims are lower than your payments? Your company receives a rebate check or credit after the end of the plan year for anything you overpaid. Top carriers will return 100% of the remaining funds. 

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4) professional employer organizations or peos .

Small businesses without a human resources department or benefits administrator often rely on Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) to perform HR-related tasks, such as payroll, recruiting, compensation management, access to benefits, and compliance. One PEO typically works for a group of small companies, taking on the HR burden entirely.

A PEO can help your organization explore the insurance options available for your employees and obtain plan deals commonly available for large corporations. They rely on purchasing power to negotiate affordable benefits and insurance coverage. 

It’s important to understand that when you work with a PEO, they become your employer of record as they take on the HR function for your company. That means you run your payroll under their tax ID numbers, not yours. They take on some risk, but you lose control and often won’t know how much you are really paying. 

Gusto says , “To protect themselves, PEOs require you to adopt their policies, procedures, and even employee handbook wording. Because if an employee issue arises, they’ll back you up only if you’ve followed their guidance.”

With PEOs, you are stuck with whichever carriers and plans they choose. The lack of flexibility, transparency, and customer service often overshadow any benefits of a PEO. If you believe your business has less healthy than average employees, a PEO could help you mitigate that risk. However, if you are a relatively healthy company, the other businesses you are pooled with could make your insurance costs higher than they need to be.

5) Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)

Getting insurance through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP, a part of the Affordable Care Act) applies to companies with up to 50 full-time employees.

SHOP plans are relatively flexible. According to :

To see if your business qualifies for SHOP, you must complete an eligibility determination survey or explore the applicable rates and prices depending on your company’s location.

Which insurance option is the best for my business?

After exploring the primary types of group health insurance plans for small businesses, you may still wonder which option suits your company best. Offering health insurance to your employees is a commitment to them and the overall success of your company. It is a decision worth the time and resource investment. 

To make the best decision, you have to consider your business’s budget, employee profile, and company size. You also need to determine what matters most to you. Do you want more plan flexibility, lower costs, better coverage, HR relief, predictable payments, less risk, or a combination of these? Each plan type has pros and cons, so weigh your options and choose one that most closely fits your specific needs.

Sana makes choosing modern, flexible, and affordable healthcare plans a breeze. Sana’s has a 98% customer service satisfaction score, and is ready to guide you through the options and find a comprehensive benefits package for your small business. Get a quote to find your ideal plan.

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If you have a business that employs two or more people, you're eligible to purchase group health insurance for your business. By pooling employees together, premiums for group health insurance plans can be less expensive than buying individual plans for your employees. In addition, employer-paid premiums are generally tax-deductible. Your employees' contributions to their premiums can be paid with pre-tax dollars, which lowers your employees' taxable income as well as your payroll taxes. Individual plan premiums are determined by individual risk (and may result in a higher cost) and individuals must reach 7.5% of their adjusted gross income in medical expenses in order to deduct any excess from their taxes.

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免費語言服務。您能獲得免費的譯員。您能聽到以您的語言讀出的文件內容,也能獲得以您的語言而寫的部分文件。 如需協助,請撥打您的 ID 卡上的號碼或者 1-888-254-2721 聯絡我們。如需更多協助,請撥打 1-800-927-4357 聯絡 CA Dept. of Insurance。(TTY/TDD: 711)

خدمات رايگان زبانی .می می توانيد يک مترجم شفاھی بگيريد . توانيد بخواھيد اسناد را برای شما بخوانند و برخی اسناد نيز به زبان خودتان برايتان ارسال شود .برای دريافت کمک، از طريق شماره فھرست شده در کا شناسايی رت 25 -2721 تان و يا از طريق 4-8881- با ما تماس بگيريد .برای دريافت . 1- 800-927-4357 کمکھای بيشتر با اداره بيمه کاليفرنيا به شماره (711 :TDD/TTY) تماس بگيريد

िबना लागत की भाषा सेवाएँ। आप दुभािषया प्रात कर सकते ह। आप दतावेज़ पढ़वा सकते ह और कुछ दतावेज़ आपको आपकी भाषा म भेजे जा सकते ह। मदद के िलए, हम अपने ID काडर् पर सूचीबद्ध नंबर पर या 1-888-254-2721 पर कॉल कर। अिधक मदद के िलए 1-800-927-4357 पर CA बीमा िवभाग कोकॉल कर। (TTY/TDD: 711)

Tsis Xam Tus Nqi Cov Kev Pab Cuam Ntsig Txog Hom Lus. Koj muaj peev xwm tau txais ib tus neeg txhais lus. Koj muaj peev xwm tau txais cov ntaub ntawv nyeem ua koj hom lus rau koj mloog thiab yuav xa ib co ntaub ntawv sau ua koj hom lus tuaj rau koj. Txog rau kev pab, hu rau peb tus nab npawb xov tooj teev tseg cia nyob rau ntawm koj daim ID los sis 1-888-254-2721. Txog rau kev pab ntxiv, hu xov tooj rau Pab Kas Phais Lub Chaw Ua Hauj Lwm CA tus xov tooj 1-800-927-4357. (TTY/TDD: 711)

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េសវាភាសាឥតគិតៃថល។ អនកអាចទទួលអនកបកែរបមាន ក់។ អនកអាចឲយេគអានឯកសារេផសងៗជូនអនក និងេផញើឯកសារជូនអនកជាភាសារបស់អនក។ េដើមបីទទួលជំនួយ សូមេហៅ ទូរស័ពទមកេយើងតាមេលខែដលបានរាយេនៅេលើប័ណណ ID របស់អនក ឬក៏េលខ 1-888-254-2721។ េដើមបីទទួលជំនួយបែនថម សូមេហៅទូរស័ពទេទៅ CA Dept. of Insurance តាមេលខ 1-800-927-4357។(TTY/TDD: 711)

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ਿਬਨਾਂ ਿਕਸੇ ਲਾਗਤ ਦੇ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ। ਤੁਸ ਇੱ ਕ ਦੁਭਾਸ਼ੀਆ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ। ਕੋਈ ਤੁਹਾ ੰਨੂ ਦਸਤਾਵਜ਼ੇ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਸੁਣਾ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਕੁਝ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਿਵੱ ਚ ਤੁਹਾ ੰਨੂ ਭੇਜੇ ਜਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨ। ਮਦਦ ਲਈ, ਸਾ ੰਨੂ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਆਈਡੀ ਕਾਰਡ ਉੱਤੇ ਸੂਚੀਬੱ ਧ ੰਨਬਰ ਜਾਂ 1-888-254-2721 ਤੇ ਕਾਲ ਕਰੋ। ਿਜ਼ਆਦਾ ਮਦਦ ਲਈ, ਸੀਏ ਿਡਪਾਰਟਮਟ ਔਫ ਇਨਸ਼ੋਰਸ ੰਨੂ 1-800-927-4357 ਤੇ ਕਾਲ ਕਰੋ।(TTY/TDD: 711)

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ไมม่คี่าบริการเกี่ยวกับภาษา ท่านสามารถขอใช ้บริการล่ามได ้ท่านสามารถขอให ้เจ ้าหน้าทอี่่านเอกสารได ้ท่านฟังและเอกสาร บางอย่างจะส่งถึงท่านโดยใช ้ภาษาของท่าน หากต ้องการความช่วยเหลอื โปรดโทรหาเราตามหมายเลขที่ระบุอยู่บนบัตร ประจําตัวของท่านหรือที่หมายเลข 1-888-254-2721 หากต ้องการความช่วยเหลือเพิ่มเตมิ โปรดโทรติดต่อแผนก CA Dept. of Insurance ที่หมายเลข 1-800-927-4357 (TTY/TDD: 711)

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IMPORTANT: Can you read this letter? If not, we can have somebody help you read it. You may also be able to get this letter written in your language. For free help, please call right away at 1-888-254-2721. (TTY/TDD: 711)

IMPORTANTE: ¿Puede leer esta carta? De lo contrario, podemos hacer que alguien lo ayude a leerla. También puede recibir esta carta escrita en su idioma. Para obtener ayuda gratuita, llame de inmediato al 1-888-254-2721. (TTY/TDD: 711)

اً مهم :هل يمكنك قراءة هذه الرسالة؟ إذا لم تستطع، فيمكننا الاستعانة بشخص ما ليساعدك على قراءتها .كما يمكنك اً أيض الحصول على هذا الخطاب مكتوب بلغتك . اً للحصول على المساعدة المجانية، ُيرجى الاتصال 711 ( .1-888-254-2721 فور بالرقم :TTD/TTY)

ՈՒՇԱԴՐՈՒԹՅՈՒՆ. Կարողանո՞ւմ եք ընթերցել այս նամակը: Եթե ոչ, մենք կարող ենք տրամադրել ինչ-որ մեկին, ով կօգնի Ձեզ՝ կարդալ այն: Կարող ենք նաև այս նամակը Ձեզ գրավոր տարբերակով տրամադրել: Անվճար օգնություն ստանալու համար կարող եք անհապաղ զանգահարել 1-888-254-2721 հեռախոսահամարով: (TTY/TDD: 711)

重要事項:您能看懂這封信函嗎?如果您看不懂,我們能夠找人協助您。您有可能可以獲得以您的語言而寫的本信 函。如需免費協助,請立即撥打1-888-254-2721。(TTY/TDD: 711)

مهم :آيا میتوانيد اين نامه را بخوانيد؟ اگر نمیتوانيد، میتوانيم شخصی را به شما معرفی کنيم تا در خواندن اين نامه شما را کمک کند .همچنين میتوانيد اين . تماس بگيريد 1-888-254-2721 نامه را به صورت مکتوب به زبان خودتان دريافت کنيد .برای دريافت کمک رايگان، همين حالا با شماره (711 :TTD/TTY)

महत्वपूर्ण: क्या आप यह पत्र पढ़ सकते हैं? अगर नह ीं, तो हम आपको इसे पढ़ने में मदद करने के लिए ककसी को उपिब्ध करा सकते हैं। आप यह पत्र अपनी भाषा में लिखवाने में भी सक्षम हो सकते हैं। ननिःशुल्क मदद के लिए, कृपया 1-888-254-2721 पर तुरींत कॉि करें। (TTY/TDD: 711)

TSEEM CEEB: Koj puas muaj peev xwm nyeem tau daim ntawv no? Yog hais tias koj nyeem tsis tau, peb muaj peev xwm cia lwm tus pab nyeem rau koj mloog. Tsis tas li ntawd tej zaum koj kuj tseem yuav tau txais daim ntawv no sau ua koj hom lus thiab. Txog rau kev pab dawb, thov hu tam sim no rau tus xov tooj 1-888-254-2721. (TTY/TDD: 711)

重要:この書簡を読めますか?もし読めない場合には、内容を理解するための支援を受けることができます。また、この書簡を希望 する言語で書いたものを入手することもできます。次の番号にいますぐ電話して、無料支援を受けてください。 1-888-254-2721 (TTY/TDD: 711)

សំខាន់៖ តតើអ្នកអាចអានលិខិតតនេះតេ? ត ើមិនអាចតេ ត ើងអាចឲ្យនរណាម្ននក់អានវាជូនអ្នក។ អ្នកក៏អាចេេួលលិខិតតនេះតោ សរតសរជាភាសារ ស់អ្នកផងដែរ។ តែើមបីេេួលជំនួ ឥតគិតថ្លៃ សូមតៅេូរស័ព្ទភាៃមៗតៅតលខ 1-888-254-2721។ (TTY/TDD: 711)

중요: 이 서신을 읽으실 수 있으십니까? 읽으실 수 없을 경우 도움을 드릴 사람이 있습니다. 귀하가 사용하는 언어로 쓰여진 서신을 받으실 수도 있습니다. 무료 도움을 받으시려면 즉시 1-888-254-2721로 전화하십시오. (TTY/TDD: 711)

ਮਹੱਤਵਪੂਰਨ: ਕੀ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਇਹ ਪੱਤਰ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ? ਜੇ ਨਹੀਂ, ਤ ਾਂ ਅਸੀਂ ਇਸ ਨੂੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹਨ ਵਵੱਚ ਤੁਹ ਡੀ ਮਦਦ ਲਈ ਵਕਸੇ ਨੂੂੰ ਬੁਲ ਸਕਦ ਹ ਾਂ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਸ਼ ਇਦ ਪੱਤਰ ਨੂੂੰ ਆਪਣੀ ਭ ਸ਼ ਵਵੱਚ ਵਲਵਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਵਬੀ ਪਰ ਪਤ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ। ਮੁਫ਼ਤ ਮਦਦ ਲਈ, ਵਕਰਪ ਕਰਕੇ ਫੌਰਨ 1-888-254-2721 ਤੇ ਕ ਲ ਕਰੋ। (TTY/TDD: 711)

ВАЖНО. Можете ли вы прочитать данное письмо? Если нет, наш специалист поможет вам в этом. Вы также можете получить данное письмо на вашем языке. Для получения бесплатной помощи звоните по номеру 1-888-254-2721. (TTY/TDD: 711)

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QUAN TRỌNG: Quý vị có thể đọc thư này hay không? Nếu không, chúng tôi có thể bố trí người giúp quý vị đọc thư này. Quý vị cũng có thể nhận thư này bằng ngôn ngữ của quý vị. Để được giúp đỡ miễn phí, vui lòng gọi ngay số 1-888-254-2721. (TTY/TDD: 711)

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Triton Benefits & HR Solutions Leverages Garner Health's Group Health Insurance Supplemental Coverage to Lower Premiums for Small Business

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. , March 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Triton Benefits & HR Solutions, a national employee benefits broker and HR consulting firm, is excited to announce a new health insurance service that assists small business owners in saving money by purchasing higher deductibles group health plans while simultaneously covering the majority of deductibles.

Small business owners face unique challenges when it comes to providing healthcare benefits for their employees. One of the biggest challenges is the high cost of deductibles, which can be a burden for both the employer and the employee. With new coverage options through Triton Benefits & HR Solutions, business owners can offer their employees a high-quality healthcare plan without worrying about the high cost of deductibles.

When you purchase lower-cost, high-deductible group insurance through Triton HR and combine it with Garner Health's supplemental plan, the result is overall lower premiums with very few out-of-pocket expenses. Garner Health takes a "Moneyball" style statistical approach to health care that delivers a "gap-insurance" type of plan to cover participants' deductibles. With access to the largest pool of health care data in the world from over 85% of all patients treated in the US, their statistical approach to group health insurance has identified that the single leading driver of cost and patient outcomes are directly tied to individual doctors the patient sees.

Accurate diagnoses, effective prescribing, and the avoidance of complications by excellent doctors lead to higher-quality care, less follow-up, and lower costs.

Garner is the only healthcare platform that analyzes this doctor-specific approach to savings.  When the plan participants use Garner's tools to search for the best doctors in their network, Garner covers the bulk of their out-of-pocket medical expenses. The higher quality care they receive from top-rated physicians with a statistically positive outcome history leads to a lower insurance cost for everyone in the group.

Steve Rosenthal , Triton Benefits & HR Solutions' CEO, compares Garner's offerings to gap insurance for your vehicle. "Everyone who leases a vehicle is required to have gap insurance to bridge the out-of-pocket expense of an unexpected loss of your vehicle. Our offering with Garner brings the same kind of peace of mind and savings to Group Health Insurance."

Rosenthal states that "We believe that every employee deserves access to high-quality healthcare, and this new coverage strategy makes it easier for small business owners to provide that for their employees. It's a win-win for everyone involved."

To learn more about how you can save on your company's annual group health premiums through this supplemental insurance strategy, contact Triton Benefits & HR Solutions to find out how they can help your business provide affordable and compliant group health insurance plans for your employees. Visit their website  or call them at 1-800-OK-TRITON.

About Triton Benefits & HR Solutions

Triton Benefits & HR Solutions manages over $500 Million in group health insurance  premiums and works with all major carriers nationwide. Their ability to leverage long-standing relationships with major health insurance carriers and their in-depth industry knowledge to create unique and customized healthcare options sets them apart from other employee benefits brokers. In addition, they offer a concierge-style service which means they are extremely hands-on with every client relationship and provide a personalized touch that is hard to find anywhere else.

Contact: Mike Garbo (732) 579-4462 [email protected]


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Find big coverage for your small business. Businesses with 2-50 employees can choose from a variety of small business health insurance plans known as BluePride. You can offer benefits that you and your employees will be sure to love.

All small business health insurance options meet the requirements mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so you can offer your employees health plans that cover all the essential health benefits, including pediatric dental and vision. These health insurance plans for small business offer the highest level of benefits to members when they obtain services from any physician or hospital designated as in network. Selecting an in-network provider means less out-of-pocket costs. If members choose to go outside of the network, they will have higher out-of-pocket costs.

Four Types of Enrollment

Small businesses can choose from four types of enrollment for employees

Single Membership

Single Membership

Employee and Spouse

Employee and Spouse Membership

Covers the employee and his or her spouse. Only available on dental plans.

Employee and Child

Employee and Child(ren)

Covers the employee and his or her eligible dependent children, but does not provide coverage to a spouse. Only available on dental plans.

Family Membership

Family Membership

Covers the employee, spouse and eligible dependent children.

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Our Bronze plans offer the lowest premium costs, but out-of-pocket costs will be higher when members receive care.


Premium costs in our Silver plans are higher than Bronze plans, but offer lower out-of-pocket costs.


Our Gold plans include higher premium costs than Silver plans, but out-of-pocket costs for employees are lowest with these plans. 

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Summary of Benefits and Coverage View a complete list of Summary of Benefits and Coverage Documents .

Network Options


NEtwork BLUE

NEtwork BLUE is our statewide network made up of 98% of Nebraska's doctors and non-governmental acute care hospitals.* NEtwork Blue provides access to:

* Source: BCBSNE statistics. Jan. 23, 2023


Premier Select BlueChoice

Our Premier Select BlueChoice network features Nebraska Methodist Hospital System and Nebraska Medicine. This regional network is available to groups headquartered in Omaha, Lincoln and the surrounding communities in ZIP codes starting with 680, 681, 683, 684 and 685. All other Nebraska providers are out of network. Some of the key hospitals and health care providers include:

Blueprint Health

Blueprint Health

Our Blueprint Health network features CHI Health and other providers and facilities in Nebraska and contiguous counties in Iowa. This regional network is available to groups headquartered in Omaha, Lincoln and the surrounding communities in ZIP codes starting with 680, 681, 683, 684 and 685, as well as Adams, Buffalo, Hall, Kearney and Phelps counties. All other Nebraska providers are out of network. Some of the key hospitals and health care providers include:

Access in all 50 states

Out-of-State Networks

Many BCBSNE members have access to a national network called the BlueCard ® Program*. If Blue members live or travel outside of Nebraska, they may take their health care benefits with them. The BlueCard Program gives members access to doctors and hospitals almost everywhere within the United States, including both urban and rural areas.

*Check your plan documents to determine if your network includes BlueCard.

Outside of the United States, members have access to doctors and hospitals around the world through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global ® Core Program.

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Access our online member resource center to find in-network doctors, track medical bills and health care spending.

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Prescription Drug Coverage

Prescription drug coverage is available to BCBSNE members through our Rx Nebraska Prescription Drug Program with our pharmacy benefit manager, Prime Therapeutics, Inc.

BCBSNE members will pay less out of pocket on prescriptions filled with in-network pharmacies. Members may also use Express Scripts® Pharmacy to order up to a 90-day supply of maintenance medications at one time (if allowed by the prescription).

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Out-of-Network ($$)

This is a partial list of providers. For a complete list visit our Managing Medications  page.

Prescription Drug Tiers (Formulary)

Prescription drugs are divided into the following six tiers. The cost for each 30-day supply of a covered prescription drug depends on the tier in which the medication is listed.

Tier 1 - Generic Drugs

Commonly prescribed generic drugs.

Pharmacy Tier 2 Non-Preferred Generic

Retail Pharmacies

Members should take their prescription to a participating pharmacy and show the pharmacist their BCBSNE member ID card. The member will pay the applicable copay/deductible/coinsurance amount.

Please note: Whenever appropriate, generic drugs will be used to fill prescriptions. The member will also be responsible for paying an additional 25% if a prescription is filled at a non-participating pharmacy.

Home Delivery Service

If BCBSNE members use Express Scripts® Pharmacy , they may order a 90-day supply of maintenance medication by paying the applicable copay amount for each 30-day supply.

Prescription Coverage Benefits

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Cost Savings

Members pay less when they choose generic medications from our drug list. Members should talk to their doctor about what is right for them.

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With many in-network pharmacies to choose from, members can fill prescriptions close to home or work.

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Members may have up to a 90-day supply of maintenance medications supply delivered directly to them through Express Scripts® Pharmacy.

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Members may search the drug list, find a pharmacy, view their claims and estimate the cost of medications 24/7 by logging in to

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Speak to one of our licensed sales agents. We look forward to serving you and your family as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska members.

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For over 30 years, Halper Insurance Services has been providing health, life, disability and related coverages to businesses, individuals and families. We have clients that range from companies with multi-state operations down to individuals and their families. Our goal is to help our clients obtain the policy that best fits their coverage needs and pricing objectives. Please don't hesitate to call us - (408) 866-4470 - for friendly personalized assistance. For information on a plan or for a price quote, please click on the link under "Instant Quotes". If you already know which plan you want, you can apply for coverage by using the "On-Line Enrollment" links to the right.

Instant quotes, individual and family plans on-line enrollment.

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