According the Workplace Benefits Association the biggest concerns employees have about how health care reform affects them are:
- Increased cost of coverage: 50%
- Cancellation of benefits: 13%
- Government taxation of medical benefits: 13%
- Ability to add adult dependents: 12%
- No real concerns: 12%
Communications from the federal government also seem to concern employees. While they get a lot of explanation from the HR Professionals when it’s time to sign up, they don’t feel they are getting proper direction throughout the year regarding the changes that will take place different times of the year. What are the new requirements? What changes will take place? Will there be changes in premium costs for those with existing plans?
This year probably more so than the past few years, understanding and trusting your HR Professional is of ultimate importance. Make it a priority to communicate often and clearly with your team periodically through out the year. Allow them an opportunity to ask questions anytime, not just during the formal signup periods. Let them know they’re important to you and they’ll treat you with the same respect and importance.