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Why Your QHDHP Might Not Succeed: Avoid These 5 Mistakes

By May 30, 2023June 22nd, 2023No Comments

Qualified high deductible health plans (QHDHPs) have gained popularity among employers as a health plan offering that encourages employees to make informed healthcare decisions and take charge of their well-being. However, ensuring the success of your QHDHP requires careful planning and avoidance of common pitfalls. Here are five mistakes to avoid:

1) Neglecting to Offer a Health Savings Account (HSA)

QHDHPs often have higher deductibles, but this can be balanced by lower premiums and the inclusion of an HSA. An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that empowers employees to set aside funds for qualified medical expenses. Employers can also contribute to an employee’s HSA, encouraging participation and engagement. Including an HSA is crucial for the success of a QHDHP.

2) Failing to Analyze Your Employee Population

QHDHPs are not suitable for all employees. Before implementing a QHDHP, conduct surveys to understand your employees’ perceptions, knowledge, and health literacy. Focus on factors like average age, general health, and the ability to understand complex healthcare concepts. This information will help determine if a QHDHP is the right fit for your organization.

3) Implementing a QHDHP Without Proper Employee Education

Clear and consistent communication is vital to the success of your QHDHP. Employees may hesitate to enroll due to concerns about higher out-of-pocket costs, misinformation, lack of understanding, or reluctance to switch from a familiar traditional plan. To address these concerns, communicate early and frequently, explaining that QHDHPs empower employees to take control of their health and make informed decisions.

4) Choosing the Wrong Plan Design

Not all QHDHPs are created equal. Analyze benchmark data and seek professional advice to determine which QHDHP plan design suits your organization best. Factors such as employee demographics, risk tolerance, and healthcare needs should be considered to select the most appropriate QHDHP.

5) Neglecting to Supplement Your QHDHP with Additional Benefits

Employee behavior and lifestyle choices significantly impact health and healthcare costs. Research has shown that workplace wellness programs and voluntary benefits can positively influence employee behaviors, encouraging healthier choices like proper nutrition, regular exercise, and smoking cessation. These initiatives can ultimately contribute to lower medical costs in the long run.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can maximize the effectiveness of your QHDHP and ensure that it truly empowers employees to make informed decisions about their health while driving cost savings and overall well-being within your organization.

At McConkey Insurance & Benefits, we believe in taking a consultative approach to employee benefits. We understand that every organization is unique, with distinct goals, challenges, and workforce dynamics. That’s why we collaborate closely with you to develop a tailored benefits plan that sets you up for success. Our dedicated team of experts acts as your strategic partner, working alongside you to assess your specific needs, analyze your employee population, and understand your business objectives. Contact us today to learn more!

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