July 1 was the deadline for health plans to make public their in-network negotiated rates, out-of-network billed charges, and more.
While health plans will be required to post this information, employers who sponsor their group health insurance for their employees will need to take steps to ensure that their plans comply with the law, if they have not already done so.
Employers nationwide are looking for ways to attract and retain talent and differentiate themselves from competing employers, and many are looking to the two most popular voluntary benefits: employee dental and vision plans.
That's important in today's tight job market. After all, a recent survey from CareerBuilder found that 55% of workers believed an employer's menu of benefits was more important than salary when considering a job position or offer.
It always takes more time than usual to onboard new employees — particularly ones who are new to the workforce altogether — to your employee benefits plans.
Keep in mind that the ritual of choosing a benefits package is a brand-new experience for people who are new to the workforce, and you should prepare to educate new employees on how to effectively choose and use their new coverages, as well as all the details like premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.