When employers search for an insurance plan to cover their employees, they may feel that none of the available plans meet their needs. Self funded plans may be the solution. Self funded (sometimes known as self insured) plans are insurance plans in which employers do not pay a specific premium in order to get coverage for their employees. Instead, the employer pays for certain fixed administrative costs, and pays for claims as they arise.
Typically, employers do this by setting aside company and employee money in a specific fund and using the money from that fund to pay for claims.
Coverage Under Self Funded Insurance
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans must cover 10 essential health benefits. These include outpatient care, emergency services, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drug coverage, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health services, rehabilitative and habilitative services, laboratory services, preventive care, and pediatric care including vision and dental services.
Since self funded plans do not operate under a specific health insurance plan, they are not required to cover these benefits. That said, since employers with this plan pay for claims as they arise, this plan can still cover many of the typical healthcare needs of a business’ employees. The only limit on coverage is the amount that the employer has saved up in their healthcare fund.
Self Funding Benefits And Important Notes
Self-funded plans have their own set of benefits. An employer should consider these before choosing this route for their company. Often, employers can save money this way because the plan pays for the specific healthcare needs of its employees. In addition, this plan can help your business to avoid conflicting state regulations because the plan operates under federal rather than state law. It can facilitate your ability to avoid state health insurance taxes as well.
It is important to keep in mind that this type of health plan requires good cash flow, so smaller employers will need to be particularly careful. The risk falls on the employer rather than an insurance company. Employers must have the funds available to cover everyday claims as well as unpredicted ones. This plan requires more administrative work on the part of employers, but it can be the right option for many.
Third Party Administrators
Employers may choose to administer claims within their own company, but they may also enlist third party administrators (TPAs). This takes some of the burdens associated with self coverage away from employers and places them in the hands of a separate entity so that an employer does not need to set aside resources within their own company to focus on healthcare.
Trust Atlas To Help You Establish Self Funded Plans
If you are considering whether self funded plans are right for you, Atlas Insurance Agency offers risk management to help you create an optimal blend of achieving your goals and balancing risk so that you can utilize the type of insurance that is right for you. Reach out to learn more or get started. Reach out by requesting a quote online or give us a call at (808) 400-6680 to learn more or get started.