Of Americans who have health coverage, nearly 60 percent secure that coverage through an employer-sponsored plan, often called group health insurance. Millions – including those who buy small-group coverage – take advantage of the coverage for reasons as obvious as employer responsibility for a significant portion of the health care expenses.
Group health plans are also guaranteed issue, meaning that a carrier must cover all applicants whose employment qualifies them for coverage. In addition, employer-sponsored plans typically are able to include a range of plan options from HMO and PPO plan to additional coverage such as dental, life, short- and long-term disability.
Businesses with 50 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) employees are required to offer comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage or they risk a penalty.
Millions of small business devote time, energy and money necessary to provide health benefits for their employees. Here's why.