Coverage for All Aspects of Vision Care
Providing group vision insurance plans can be a cost-effective way to help employees and their families receive comprehensive eye care coverage. While your group health insurance plan may cover routine eye exams, group vision insurance plans can offer additional coverage for things it may not cover. These plans can help cover nearly all aspects of eye care, including frames, lenses, contact lenses, safety glasses, and more.
Moreover, offering group vision insurance as an employee benefit can provide a more affordable option for employees to acquire vision insurance than buying it individually. By leveraging the buying power of a group, employees can often get access to better coverage and lower premiums. As an employer, providing group vision insurance can demonstrate your commitment to your employees’ well-being, while also helping to attract and retain top talent.
More Than Just Exams, Glasses, and Contact Lenses
Of course, regular eye exams help you protect your eyesight, but they can also tell you more than if you need new glasses or contacts. Your vision provider can identify early signs and symptoms of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
Identifying these illnesses and conditions as early as possible is essential in keeping your employees healthy. Keeping your employees healthy can also reduce the number of claims your organization makes, for disability insurance, for example, which, in turn, can save employers and employees money on their monthly premiums.
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One of the main factors in attracting and retaining good employees is the benefit program offered by employers. This typically starts with your group health insurance plan.
Regardless of the company’s financials, there are ways to make health insurance available to your employees and their dependents. Offering health insurance doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many solutions available to small, mid-size, and large employers.
When employees are worried about their financial situation, they may not be as productive. Many individuals today do not have life insurance or adequate savings to cover final expenses, which places additional stress on employees and/or their families when the need arises.
A group life insurance plan can put your employees’ minds at ease, knowing their family will have resources available when they need them. Policies can also include a dependent benefit to help the employee pay for expenses if their dependent passes. Another solution is to offer a voluntary life benefit whereby the employee pays a lower premium through payroll deduction than they would if they found coverage on their own. Group life insurance is also tax deductible.
Many employers are faced with offering lower wages than their competitors and find it difficult to find and retain qualified workers.
Offering a short-term and/or a long-term disability program can provide prospective and current workers with another form of financial stability. An employee may be offered a higher wage elsewhere, but are they offered protection if that paycheck stops due to pregnancy, illness, or other disability? How will they pay the mortgage or other bills? Employers offering a disability plan can provide peace of mind to their employees and gain an advantage over those that don’t.
Failure to have regular dental checkups can lead to more serious problems than a toothache.
Offering dental coverage to your employees can help encourage them to see a dentist on a regular basis. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease as well as diabetes. Catching these issues early not only helps your employees’ health, it may help reduce your long-term health insurance costs before a big claim hits!
Similar to dental coverage, if your employees are not getting regular eye exams, they may have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes that can surface later at a greater expense to your medical plan.
Offering vision care coverage is a very affordable component to offering health benefits. It’s an inexpensive portion of the benefit package with a high value of return and can help offset the impact of increased medical costs, becoming a cost-effective, early intervention tool.
Not being able to meet an employee’s individual needs can pose a threat to worker retention and attracting new talent, both of which can be costly to your bottom line.
Offering voluntary coverage lets your employees choose benefits that are important to them. It’s a cost-effective way to provide a variety of benefits at little or no impact to your monthly premiums. Examples of voluntary coverage include:
- Critical illness, hospital indemnity, and cancer coverage.
- Life, dependent life, short-term, and long-term disability coverage.
- Dental care.
- Vision care.
Compliance audits are increasing and Department of Labor fines can be costly. Do you have all of the documents and paperwork at your fingertips should you receive an audit letter?
A good benefits broker will educate you on the compliance pieces so that you are prepared for that dreaded day. A wrap document covers most of what is required and the remaining forms should be readily accessible with proof of distribution to employees and/or eligible participants.
Many Options Are Available
Help your employees maintain their eye health and vision by adding a group vision insurance plan. There are many affordable plans for you to choose from, so you can get the best possible coverage no matter how many employees you have.
Request a free vision insurance quote below today, and an MSIG employee benefits specialist will walk you through your options.
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