Many Massachusetts residence have their health coverage through group health insurance plans that are provided by their employers. When offered, these plans form a substantial part of the all-inclusive compensation packages offered to employees, and the coverage is extremely important for many employees.
Group health insurance plans extend health insurance coverage to a defined group. The group is usually the employees of a business, but it can be another collection fo people. In providing coverage to everyone within a group, these plans differ from individual health plans that are purchased individually.
Group health plans are generally available to anyone within the covered group. This includes individuals with preferred or lower risks, and individuals who present higher risks. In most cases, eligible individuals who participate in a plan can extend coverage to their immediate family members.
Spreading the risks of multiple individuals across a group plan helps insurance companies mitigate the risks that certain high-risk individuals present. This makes it more feasible to underwrite coverage for these individuals, and is sometimes the only practical way that individuals with health risks can obtain coverage.
When a group health plan is offered to employees, whether employees can participate is often determined by their hours worked and tenure. Full-time employees might receive coverage, while part-time employees might not. Employees might also only be covered after a probationary period.
For employees who meet hours and tenure requirements, they normally are able to participate in the company’s group health plan.
A substantial number of Massachusetts businesses could benefit from offering their employees a group health plan. Instituting such a plan could attract potential talents and minimize the annual employee turnover rate. For certain job positions, offering this standard benefit is key to acquiring and retaining qualified staff.
Even sole proprietors may occasionally opt for group health plan coverage. They might find that a group health plan offers the most affordable and suitable insurance option, and extending this coverage to their employees is a judicious and often practical approach to ensuring employee welfare.
While many businesses should consider offering a group health plan to their employees, it should be noted that there is no universal plan that suits all businesses. Companies should consider the financial situation and needs of their employees, and select a plan that aligns with their workforce's needs. An insurance agent with expertise in group health plans can provide valuable advice in choosing a plan that fits a particular business's needs.
Although it is not a legal requirement for most businesses with employees to offer a group health plan, those that do not may be liable for tax penalties. Businesses considering not offering a group health plan should seek advice from a knowledgeable tax consultant and a legal professional to avoid unexpected tax penalties. Most businesses prefer to sidestep any potential tax implications.
Group health plans generally do not include vision and dental coverage. However, these can often be included in a business' benefits package through separate policies. An agent well-versed in group health plans can also guide you through vision and dental plan options.
For assistance in choosing a group health insurance plan tailored to your business in Massachusetts, do not hesitate to contact the independent insurance agents at Garrity Insurance. Our experienced agents have supported numerous businesses across the state with their group plan requirements, and we are well-equipped to help you find a plan that matches