With the demise of the individual health insurance market in Indiana, many small business owners are losing their health insurance right along with their employees. If you were relying on the ACA Exchange to cover you and your employees, you are well aware that option is now questionable. With your employees scrambling, you risk losing your workers to competitors by not offering health benefits. Besides, you and your family need them too!
As a BAGI contractor member in good standing, your company may be eligible to participate in the BAGI Group Health Insurance Plan. By pooling the employees from each member company into the coverage, the BAGI plan is able to offer large-company benefits to small businesses. Brokered by BAGI member Scott Wharton, and managed by Anthem, participants have 12 plan choices from benefit-rich and low out-of-pocket options, all the way up to plans with the maximum-allowed federal out-of-pocket limits. With BAGI’s program, you and your employees get affordability, quality and choice in their health insurance coverage.
Wharton Insurance had a small business owner reach out to them because she was losing her individual health insurance. She had not offered an employee plan in the past and was paying $12,000 a year out of pocket just to cover herself on the individual market. The Wharton Team suggested she look at offering a group plan that would include coverage for herself and her employees. The price tag could be the same for better coverage, and she would get the added bonus of making her employees happy. The BAGI plan could provide the same benefit to your company.
Open enrollment started November 1 for AmBetter, the only Affordable Care Act (ACA) approved individual plan available in our state. For many people, that lack of competition could mean lower-quality benefits for higher costs. Fortunately, there are other options if you are a business owner interested in providing coverage to your employees as well as yourself. However, you must act before the December 15th deadline to ensure coverage beginning January 1, 2018!
As long as you have 2 or more employees, the BAGI plan may be the right choice for your business. As an independent insurance broker, Scott can also look into other options if the BAGI plan does not fit your situation. There is no cost to explore your options and it only takes about a day to complete. For more information about how you can find the coverage you need and offer your employees the health benefits they are looking for, email Scott or give him a call at 317.663.4138.