The one thing that almost every employee wants and needs is health insurance. More than 80 percent of employees say that hospital and medical coverage is the most important benefit an employer can provide. Fortunately, there are plenty of options, each offering tradeoffs between flexibility and affordability.
One way to keep costs in check is to share the cost with employees. Another option is to choose a less expensive plan. The most common health plans are health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), point of service (POS) plans and indemnity plans. Choosing the right program for your employees involves careful tradeoffs between cost and choice. If cost is your paramount concern, an HMO or POS plan might be your best bet. If choice is what you're after, indemnity plans and PPOs often offer the greatest flexibility when it comes to picking providers.
To find out more information about health plans, check out our health insurance section.