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Group Health Insurance Rates

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Because group health insurance rates vary from plan to plan, from company to company, and from state to state, it is important that you take a look at a variety of quotes and offers before you make a final decision for your company or group. Each of the three major types of insurance is usually cheaper for participants in a group than it is for individual coverage. The key to finding the right plan at the best rates is to understand the components of each plan and the specific benefits it offers.

When thinking about health insurance, most people envision general health care, a policy that covers doctor bills and hospital expenses. Yet today there are three major types of health coverage: fee-for-service, health maintenance organizations (HMO), and preferred provider organizations (PPO). Each of these types offers a different slant on health care, and the rates and costs vary accordingly.

Group Health Insurance Rates Vary

All three types cover medical, surgical, and hospital expenses to some extent. In general, prescription drugs are also covered. Some plans include options for which employees contribute an authorized payroll deduction amount. These options often include dental care, eye care, long-term health care, flexible spending accounts, and more. The options you provide to your employees affect the cost of the coverage.

As an employer, you may be able to get lower rates if you can find a plan that covers your particular type of business and includes other businesses in the group base. As in the case of most purchased goods and services, the more the merrier--and the less expensive. If you want to get the best rates, enter the same company data/profile at the quote page of several different group health insurance rates websites, and compare the resulting quotes.

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