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By Leon Grove, DBA, Full-Time Faculty, Kaplan UniversityPublished January 2015
It was exactly 1 year ago today that I reported on 2014
tax changes as a result of the Affordable
Care Act (ACA). During the first period of open
enrollment, many citizens experienced difficulties logging onto the system to
sign up for care, prompting a review of the system by Congress. Now open enrollment
is here again. This article will discuss the employer’s perspective on coverage
during open enrollment.
Enrollment season for the ACA
is from November 15, 2014, to February 15, 2015. Many U.S. companies also have
open enrollment for employee insurance this time of year. There is no better
time to ensure your employees understand their coverage options and unique
While ACA health care reform is mandatory,
disability insurance is not. However, one question may be posed to employees: how
long would you be able to make ends meet without your income? The thought of
losing your income due to disability can be intimidating, but employees should
be able to answer this question. First, it helps them understand why disability
insurance coverage is crucial: it can help provide income protection should
they be unable to work. Second, the question may alert them to the fact that
they are not properly covered, or worse, don’t understand the risks of being
Getting their attention is key to having a purposeful dialogue…
Now that you have your employees’
attention, where do you go from here?
What expenses will this cover?
Disability insurance benefits can be used toward
everyday expenses (rent/mortgage, utility payments) but can also help cover
payments for larger expenses such as student loans and children’s
Will this just pay the bills?
No. In fact, there are resources that may come with
your disability insurance that employees may not realize they have access to.
Promote additional benefits such as wellness and employee assistance programs,
and demonstrate the variety of ways these resources can help them with their
personal health and wellness needs and/or goals.
There are a variety of reasons for buying disability insurance through an
employer that your employees may not even know about. Group pricing often is
available, which can make premiums less than if an employee were to purchase
insurance on his or her own. Many employer-sponsored policies have limited—or
no—medical underwriting. They won’t have an extra bill; payment is deducted
straight from their paychecks.
Informed employees are able to make smart decisions
about the type of coverage that is right for them, so it is important that your
employees are in the know this enrollment season. To help you with these focus
areas, we have put together an infographic to guide your disability and life insurance
enrollment meetings.Download itand use it as a guide to help
you make your enrollment meetings a success this year.
1 Facts from LIMRA: 2014 Disability Insurance
Awareness Month. LIMRA website. http://www.limra.com/uploadedFiles/limra.com/LIMRA_Root/Posts/PR/_Media/PDFs/2014-DI-Fact-Sheet.pdf.
Leon Grove is a full-time faculty member at Kaplan University. The views
expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent
the view of Kaplan University.
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