What Is a Group Health Insurance?

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What is a Group Health Plan?

Group health insurance plans are popular among employees and can also benefit small business owners and self-employed individuals. Understanding these plans can help you make informed decisions about your health coverage needs. At Health Plans of NC, our licensed insurance agents are here to guide you through the process.

How Group Health Plans Work

Group health insurance is offered by a company to its employees. The company selects the plan type, and employees choose whether to accept coverage. To be valid, 70% of full-time employees must be covered.

Benefits of Group Health Plans

Group health plans are cost-effective, spreading the cost across many employees, resulting in lower monthly premiums compared to individual plans.

Types of Group Health Plans

1. HMO (Health Maintenance Organization): Requires visits to in-network doctors and specialists, offering lower costs but limited provider options. 2. PPO (Preferred Provider Organization): Provides greater flexibility to see out-of-network doctors but at a higher cost. 3. HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan): Features lower monthly premiums and higher deductibles, often paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA). 4. Fully-Insured Plan: Employer pays a fixed annual premium based on the plan and number of employees. 5. Self-Funded Plan: Employer manages its own health plan costs, offering flexibility but requiring careful management. 6. Level-Funded Plan: Features predictable monthly premiums, beneficial for smaller companies.

Eligibility and Coverage

- Eligibility: Full-time employees are eligible. Under the Affordable Care Act, large companies (50+ employees) must offer health insurance covering at least 70% of employees. - Coverage: Includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, covering pre-existing conditions and offering family coverage.

For Small Business Owners and Self-Employed

Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can choose from fully insured, level-funded, or self-funded plans. Eligibility requirements vary by state, and tax benefits may be available.

Start Your Group Health Insurance Plan

Navigating group health insurance can be complex. Our licensed agents at Health Plans of NC are here to assist you in finding the best plan for your needs.

Contact Us Today: Speak with an experienced insurance agent at 800-797-0327 or receive a free quote now.

Frequently Asked Questions

- What is group health insurance?: Covers small and large businesses with various payment methods and plan types. - What is HIPAA compliance?: Ensures your health information is secure. - Who is covered?: Offers individual and family coverage, including part-time employees. - Can 1099 employees get coverage?: Yes, offering coverage can improve workplace loyalty and reduce premium costs. - How should startups get insurance?: Consult an insurance agent for accurate guidance.

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