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Consider Self-Funded Health care

Is your company’s health insurance costs steadily rising at an egregious rate that really has you concerned about your ability to continue offering health care benefits to your employees? If you have a large enough employee pool (100+ employees), you may wish to consider self-funded health care benefits. I recently read an article on Inc.com that discusses one company’s self-funding of health care benefits as a means to significantly reduce its annual health insurance costs. The company’s actual yearly savings? 15-20% since the switch. Click on the title, Case Study: Paying Employee Health Claims Out-of-Pocket, to read the entire article.

Another companion article by the same author weighs the pros and cons regarding self-funding of health care benefits. That article, Should You Self-Fund Your Employee Health Benefits, provides a good overview on the subject. If you have a relatively in-shape and/or young group of employees, self-funded health care may be a viable option for you to pursue. Or if you offer health and fitness programs that encourage and motivate employees to get into and remain in optimal health, this option may be a great fit. As the article states, if you have employees in really poor health, the risk of a catastrophic illness is likely too high to consider self-funding of health care benefits. Of course, there’s always the risk of a debilitating accident, no matter what the average health of your employees is. There are ways to mitigate this risk. You could provide catastrophic insurance coverage for your employees through a health insurance provider and provide self-funded health care for everything else.

Whatever your initial thoughts on the subject – even if your company is currently too small (and thus the risk too large) to even consider self-funded health care, I think it’s worth your while to read both articles. It’s always good to know what options exist.

 

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About Tiffany C. Wright

Hi! I,Tiffany C. Wright, am the author of the ebook, "Help! I Need Money for My Business Now!!" and the book "Solving the Capital Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses", available on Amazon. I am the president of Toca Family Business Services, a short-term & project-based interim management & strategic and financial advisory firm, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past five years I've helped small and medium companies restructure and obtain over $31 Million in financing and a similar amount in purchase orders and contracts. I have an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Personal: I enjoy investing. I am a prodigious reader of everything from business books, magazines, and newspapers to horror and popular fiction. I read 4-6 books per month. I also love to travel. I've been to 33 countries on 5 continents and lived in Japan for 2.5 years and aim for a foreign locale twice a year. I am also an athlete and run track on the Master's Circuit. The highlight was placing 7th in my age group in the 2007 World Master's Track and Field Championships in Italy.

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The Resourceful CEO, Tiffany C. Wright

the president of Toca Family Business Services, a strategic and financial advisory firm which provides short-term & project-based C-level management. She is the author of Solving the Financial Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses, available on Amazon.

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