Every fall, workers fortunate enough to have access to employee benefit plans set aside time to go through open enrollment. They select the plans they want to enroll in for the coming year. With some plans, there may be extra selections employees can opt for. But in the end, what they select does not much matter if they don’t actually understand their choices.
Tragically, this is the case far too often. Only about half of all American workers with health insurance are confident they fully understand their healthcare costs. Meanwhile, their employers think the number is closer to three-quarters.
How can employees make wise decisions if they do not know what those decisions entail? Their open enrollment selections become little more than multiple-choice questions on an exam they are ill-prepared to take. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Employers and their brokers can team up to explain employee … Read the rest