Even if you are providing your staff with health benefits, they could be left under great financial pressure if one of them has a major accident off the job that leaves them debilitated and unable to work.
Millions of working Americans struggle with managing out-of-pocket costs for non-medical and medical expenses after suffering an unexpected event such as an accident.
If you are already offering your employees health insurance coverage, you can help fill the gap by also offering voluntary accident insurance, which can pay for:
Many Americans are ill-prepared financially
According to a survey by Prudential Insurance Co.:
Why your employees need coverage
The types of accident insurance
Traditional treatment-based plans. These pay benefits based on the occurrence of an accidental injury and the type of treatment or procedure required to treat an injury.
The injured individual will often submit a separate claim for each service they receive related to the accident. For example, if they were in a car accident in which they broke both legs, they would file individual claims for:
Incident-based plans. These pay benefits based upon the incident and type of injury. This can simplify the claims process by reducing the number of claims that must be submitted.
In the case of the car accident victim with broken legs above, they would likely be required to submit evidence only for the fractures and for their hospital stay to be reimbursed.
Benefits to the employer
A more robust benefits package — Offering accident insurance paid for by employees allows you to provide a more robust benefits package that can improve employees' satisfaction with their jobs.
A smoother transition to high-deductible health plans — Employers replacing traditional medical insurance with an HDHP may find the transition more readily accepted by employees if it is accompanied by an offer of a voluntary accident insurance plan.
Potential for improved productivity — Employees under financial pressure may be less productive than those who are not, and knowing they have accident insurance can put their fears to rest.
Low cost and administrative burden — Most employers offer accident insurance that is paid for by the employee, meaning there is little or no cost to the organization.
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