Learn more about adding vision and dental insurance to your benefits package.
You’ve probably thought a lot about health insurance—it’s something that a lot of people think they can’t live without. But have you put much thought into offering group dental and vision insurance? Although small businesses are not required to offer group dental and vision insurance plans, and these types of coverage are seen as add-ons to health insurance, don’t discount their importance.
Add-on benefits can have a lot of bang for your buck
Unlike health insurance, dental and vision insurance plans might not be as much of a financial burden. While health insurance plans can cost hundreds of dollars per individual every month, eHealth has dental and vision plans starting under $10 a month per individual.
Although a few bucks every month isn’t nothing when you think about contributing to each employees’ dental and vision premium, you might want to weigh that cost against the benefit of hiring and maintaining quality employees for your small business. Studies have shown that employees tend to value health benefits even more than pay raises. So if you want to show your employees’ appreciation, keep them around, and continue hiring valuable assets to your company, having a full small business benefits package that includes dental and vision might be the way to accomplish all that.
What types of dental and vision insurance plans are available?
If you’re looking at dental insurance, you have quite a few options for plan types. The table below gives you a good idea of some of the popular dental insurance plans, and how they work.
|Plan Type||Access to Dentists (Network)||Cost Breakdown|
|PPO (Preferred Provider Organization)||Less out-of-pocket cost for you when you visit in-network dentists. You can go out-of-network for care, but at a higher cost.||You will have copayments for procedures. You’ll need to meet a deductible and you’ll have an out-of-pocket maximum.|
|HMO (Health Maintenance Organization)||You’ll need to choose one dentist or facility. Out-of-network care is not covered in most cases.||No deductible to meet. You pay a certain set cost for procedures. Some care or products might be fully paid for by insurance.|
|Fee-for-Service (indemnity Plan)||Larger choice of dentists usually. Less restrictions on network.||You’ll usually have a copayment for procedures along with an additional fee for the dentist.|
|Discount Plans||No network (You can go anywhere)||You’ll have a discounted fee on dental services, which you pay completely out-of-pocket|
Choosing a vision plan might be a little easier, since there are fewer options to choose from. The two types of vision insurance plans you can choose from include:
- Optional Rider Vision Insurance. You’ll pay a small monthly fee for this vision insurance, and those insured under your group policy will have access to services for a set cost.
- Ancillary Vision Plan. With this plan, enrollees will get discounts on all vision-related expenses. For example, those enrolled in the plan might pay 30% for regular cleanings, while the insurance company pays 70%.