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The Importance of Choice - The Concept of providing Employees and their Families choices when selecting Benefits related Plans, Programs. and Services is not new.  Payroll Deducted Benefits emerged from the old Debit Plans and evolved into being called Worksite and Voluntary Benefits.  The difference in the past several years is that all Employee Benefits have become Voluntary!  Employees  in many cases are provided choices in their Core Benefits as well in the Voluntary/Worsite Plans. 
When these Benefit Choices are offered within of a Defined Contribution(DC)
Model and on a Private Exchange Platform, they empower the Employer and
Employees to make better Consumer Driven Choices - Saveing Dollars, and Gaining
a Greater Return on Invested Benefit Dollars.

Overview of Benefit Choices - Plans, Programs, and Services - There
are 4 Basic Categories of Choices:      
   

1) Core Benefits - Under PPACA/Obamacare the Plans must be Complaint - with some limited exemptions.  Most traditional Carriers are redesigning their Plans to accommodate the Private Exchanges, DC Plan Designs, and to meet the needs of Employees or Individuals.  Note:  In some case under a DC Plan Design some Employers are allocating the Benefit Credits to the Employees and directing them to the Individual Coverage Marketplace.  Two guidelines are provided for what constitutes Qualified Health Plan (QHPs) and the Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) that must be offered.  Health and Human Services (HHS) is regularly providing updates.  In broad categories the Plan Designs include:
                             Fully Insured Plans offered by Insurance Carriers
                             Partially Self-Funded Plans
                             Self-Funded Plans
     Subsets of these include:  HRAs and HSAs with High Deductible Health Plans
                                                        Limited Benefit Plans -  restricted under PPACA/Obamacare
                                                        HMOs
                                                        Concierge Plans
                                                        and More      


     2) Voluntary/Worksite Plans - There are now sizable number of Carriers and Plans, Programs, and Services from which to select.  While Advertisements and Agents my otherwise indicate, no one Carrier has the best of all Plans, Programs, and Services.  When building a Menu of Benefits, Employers should utilize an experienced Benefits Broker to assist as a Trusted Advisor.
      The Voluntary/Worksite Choices include but are not limited to:
   
Dental
Vision
Disability - Short Term (STD)
Disability - Long Term (LTD)
Critical Illness (CI)
Cancer Plans
Hospital Income Plans (HI)

Life Insurance
    Term
     Whole Life
     Universal Life
Annuities
Pet Insurance (P&C)
Home & Auto
3) Tax Advantaged Plans - These Plans provided for under IRS Codes provide current or deferred Tax Savings for the Employer and/or the Employoyes.  They include but are not limited to: 
Pre-Taxing Qualified Plans - Section 125
Reimbursement Plans
     Medical/Health
     Dependent Care
     Transportation/Parking 
HRAs
HSAs
401(k)
IRAs
Deferred Income
4)  Ancillary Plans - These Non-Insurance Plans provide Plans, Products and Services to Employees generally on a discounted basis through Payroll Deduction.  The Plans include but are not limited to: 
   
Pet Plans
Legal Plans
Credit Unions
Discount Dental Plans
Discount Vision Plans
   
Computer Buying Plans
Discount Programs
Concierge Services
Travel Plans
Welllness Centers
Integrated Employee Benefit Plans - Offer Brokers an opportunity to solidify their place with Employers, Employees, and Individuals as Trusted Advisors.  When Brokers - working with the Employers - offer these Plans in combination with Private Exchanges and Defined Contribution Plan Designs, a combination of efficiencies and cost-savings can be obtained while meeting the Needs and Price Points of the Employers, Employees, and Individuals. 

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