Blog Category

Health Care Cost

health insurance benchmark report

March 22, 2018

Health Insurance Trends | HMOs, PPOs, and HSAs

If you’re running a small business, we know you care deeply about your employees. One of the most important roles a company can play in its workers’ lives is providing the appropriate health insurance plans for them and their families. But between ACA regulations, a sea of acronyms, and geographical limitations, it can be extremely […]

Shares
Healthcare Colin Rogers

March 16, 2018

How American Healthcare is Affecting Small Business Owners

This week, Cigna flagged its interest ($67B worth of interest) in acquiring Express Scripts — the latest push in the ever-changing landscape of incumbent players and private industry to rewrite rules for American healthcare. If you are an employer, one of your biggest priorities is likely ensuring accessible, affordable healthcare coverage for your staff. And […]

Shares
patients at healthcare clinic

March 15, 2018

The State of Healthcare | Association Health Plans and What Comes Next

Although healthcare dominated the political conversation in 2017, the year came and went without the sweeping reform so many expected. In the absence of a pending bill or stated agenda for 2018, let’s take a few moments to assess what’s going on in the benefits world. The ACA Still Matters for Employers After last year’s […]

Shares
healthcare perspective by bud bowlin

March 4, 2018

Can Business Create a Cure for Affordable Healthcare?

The US healthcare markets “sneezed” last month when Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett agreed to throw in together to try to make some sense of what it would take to change the upward spiral of healthcare costs and improve the health outcomes for their nearly 900,000 combined employees. And while this is a […]

Shares
Healthcare Colin Rogers

February 3, 2018

The Great Healthcare Experiment: Another Hat in the Ring

Creating access to quality, affordable healthcare has long been seen as the proverbial Gordian Knot. Solving that problem is what gets me out of bed every day. The US spends more on healthcare per capita than any other country on the planet.  US. healthcare spending reached $3.3 trillion — or $10,348 per person — in […]

Shares
Paid Parental Leave Policy

September 12, 2017

Where Does Your Company Stand on Parental Leave?

When was the last time you updated your organization’s parental leave policy? If it’s been a couple of years, now might be a good time to take a look at it. Parental leave is an in-demand benefit when it comes to attracting and keeping today’s top talent, and business leaders are taking note. A recent […]

Shares
What is an HSA?

July 13, 2017

What is an HSA?

A health savings account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged medical savings account for U.S. taxpayers who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). Employers may make contributions to their employees’ HSAs, and the funds that an individual or business contributes to a given account aren’t subject to federal income tax. Also, funds that aren’t spent roll […]

Shares
employee health benefits

June 5, 2017

Senate Searches for Path Forward on Health Care Reform

After narrowly passing the House, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which represents the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reform health care, moved to the Senate early last month. The AHCA received mostly negative marks from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in late May, increasing the pressure on the […]

Shares

May 22, 2017

Zenefits Partners With Aetna to Offer Level Payment Self-Funded Plans

As healthcare expenses soar, employers are seeking ways to lower costs and simplify the delivery of medical benefits to their employees. Our topic today explains an avenue employers can take to explore lower health plan costs without accepting higher risks. Level payment self-funded plans are that avenue. We’re pleased to announce that our all-in-one digital […]

Shares
SHOP - Small Business Health Options Program

May 18, 2017

CMS to Lift Restriction on Small Business Tax Credit

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed changes to the SHOP program, which is intended to give small businesses greater flexibility in purchasing healthcare for employees. What is SHOP? One of the ACA’s innovations for connecting small businesses with insurance was introducing a new tax credit and improved marketplace to the Small […]

Shares
employee benefits

April 6, 2017

Employee Benefits Benchmarking: Employer Contributions

The 2018 Zenefits Small Business Benefits Benchmark Report is now available. Representing data from more than 8,000 Zenefits customers, the report examines how plan types, contributions, premiums, deductibles, copays and out-of-pocket costs differ across regions. The study is intended to help businesses make more informed decisions by providing insights into the choices of similar companies […]

Shares

March 30, 2017

Employee Benefits Benchmarking: Insurance Premiums

The 2018 Zenefits Small Business Benefits Benchmark Report is now available. Representing data from more than 8,000 Zenefits customers, the report examines how plan types, contributions, premiums, deductibles, copays, and out-of-pocket costs differ across regions. The study is intended to help businesses make more informed decisions by providing insights into the choices of similar companies within […]

Shares