Most large employers in Bakersfield, California, were offering health insurance to their workforce even before the ACA mandate. However, as a big company, you will probably periodically review your program to ensure that it's cost-effective and offers an excellent value to your team. When you check your coverage, you may want to talk to a consultant at Taylor Benefits Insurance about your options.
Depending on the budget, your target demographic for employees, and the size of your workforce, you may be able to save money and still improve the coverage you offer. For example, consider an HMO or POS (point of service) or a high deductible plan with a health savings account. If you haven't updated your insurance program recently, evaluating potential options is worth the effort.
Many large businesses self-fund their insurance rather than buying coverage. Most use a third-party administrator to manage the claims and provide data analysis. Depending on your size, also consider hedging your risk with a level-pay or reinsurance option.
Small Bakersfield businesses that employ less than fifty employees) don't have a requirement to provide an ACA insurance to their workers. Still, many do because they want their workers to benefit from health insurance. Plus, it’s a vital recruiting and retention tool. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that almost half of small companies provide medical insurance. Most pay part or all of the premium for the employee. Small firms can get help and support choosing and implementing insurance plans through programs created by the Affordable Care Act. Ask your Taylor Benefits Insurance consultant for more information.
Benefit plans are more than health insurance and sick leave. In Bakersfield, employees are entitled to paid sick time, but many companies add more to the package to ensure they attract the top-quality workforce they need. MetLife's 2022 Benefits Survey reported that three-quarters of workers say that a better selection of benefits would keep them at their current employer longer and reduce their stress. Not surprisingly, the MetLife survey found that satisfied employees are likelier to stay loyal to their company.
Employers that want to provide a benefits package to help their workers maintain financial stability and plan for the future may want to add life insurance, contributions to a retirement savings plan like a 401(k), and perhaps assistance finding or paying for childcare. Other popular perks include dental and vision coverage, tuition reimbursement, flexible scheduling, and remote work.
Taylor Benefits Insurance Agency is an established and experienced benefit provider for group and employee benefit plans in Bakersfield. With more than two decades of experience working with local businesses and group insurance plans, we have the expertise and affordable benefit options that make sense for employers and employees alike.
Discounts and tax incentives are available for employers that contribute toward group benefits and health plans, which makes it helpful to have the guidance of a professional that understands your expectations and can effectively integrate them into your overall benefit plan.
We also work with businesses to make sure that they’re compliant with legal standards and upcoming changes in law that may affect them. This is an especially important consideration with the Affordable Care Act being gradually rolled out over the next several years.
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Employers Guide to COBRA – A publication from the U.S. Department of Labor that details employer rights and responsibilities as they relate to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).
Required Employee Benefits – From the U.S. Small Business Administration, a nice resource that explains what’s required by law and what’s optional in terms of employer offerings.
We cover all industries and a broad range of clients in Bakersfield, from small businesses that are just starting out to established and longstanding companies that are based locally. Here are some of the ways in which we help businesses attract and retain their best employees through benefits and insurance offerings.
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