Understanding Cost-Sharing in Employee Benefits

Understanding Cost-Sharing in Employee Benefits: The Employer’s Role in Premium Contributions and Standard Practices



In the fiercely competitive job market, employee benefits play a crucial role in attracting and retaining top talent. Among the many decisions that employers face in crafting an appealing benefits package, one of the most significant is determining the benefits premium cost-sharing arrangement between the company and its employees.

This article aims to delve into the complexities of ‘cost-sharing’ and shed light on standard practices for designing sustainable and attractive employee benefit programs.

Firstly, if you were not aware, it’s quite common for part of the cost of the benefits program to be paid for by employees via payroll deduction. This is typically a ‘condition of employment’ and is outlined in a contract of employment. Premium amounts can vary significantly depending on the scope of the program, the demographics of the group and other factors, meaning the dollar amount of the payroll deduction can differ significantly from employer to employer. No greater than 50% of the overall cost can be passed along to the employee, per insurer guidelines. The “cost sharing” per benefit line is indicated to the insurance carrier at the implementation of a program, and most carriers will indicate the “employee” and the “employer” premiums, per benefit line, on each monthly invoice simply to assist with payroll.


What should Employers consider when determining cost-sharing?

The cost-sharing ratio between employers and employees is not a one-size-fits-all equation. It depends on a multitude of factors, including:

  • the size of the company,
  • plan design,
  • the premiums in dollars for various benefit lines,
  • demographics,
  • employee classifications,
  • and of notable importance, the tax implications.

Striking the right balance requires careful consideration, and the differing taxation of various benefits (link to taxation of benefits page) is usually one of the primary considerations.


Three different ways to view Cost Sharing:

An employer might approach cost sharing by considering the benefits to be covered by the employee:

  • Employee pays Long Term Disability premiums only
  • Employee pays all pooled benefits premiums (Life, AD&D, Disability and Critical Illness).
  • Employee pays all pooled benefits premiums plus 50% of health and dental premiums

In all the above scenarios, the Employer must ensure that no greater than 50% of the overall cost is passed along to the employee.

Alternatively, the employer might apply a percentage to the entire cost of the program, with the maximum allowable percentage of 50%. For example:

  • Employee pays 25% of total premium costs.
  • Employee pays 50% of total premium costs

In the event that a percentage is applied, the premium should be applied first towards the benefits for which an employee-paid premium ensures a tax-free benefit (most notably, Long Term Disability). The tax implications of cost sharing should be carefully considered in order to reduce or eliminate the possibility of a taxable benefit.

Less commonly, an employer might charge a flat dollar amount:

  • Employee pays $25 per pay period towards benefit premiums
  • Employee pays $100 a month towards benefits premiums

Regardless of the approach to cost sharing, the formula must be viewed with the actual dollar amount of premiums taken into consideration, per benefit line.


How should an organization approach cost-sharing? What is typical?

As mentioned, it is essential to understand the cost for the various benefit lines (and yes, these change year to year!) and the tax implications. In addition, employers must consider how their cost-sharing arrangement compares to their industry, and to their particular company’s philosophy. Beyond the tax implications, there are several factors that influence the cost-sharing structure:

  1. Plan Design: The specific design of the benefits plan can impact the appropriate cost-sharing scenario. For example, a plan with high life and disability coverage may see higher premiums for these benefits.  If the employee is covering these premiums for tax reasons, the employer may wish to cover 100% of the remaining benefits.
  2. Industry Norms: Employers often look to industry benchmarks to ensure their contribution levels remain competitive and appealing to potential employees; what are your main competitors doing? If your primary competitors are advertising that they cover 100% of benefit premiums, you may need to follow suit.  
  3. Company Size and Financial Resources: The financial capabilities of the company, combined with its size, can influence the employer’s ability to contribute significantly. Generally speaking, larger, most established companies tend to cover a greater share of benefit costs, because they can afford to do so. 
  4. Talent Demand: In high-demand talent markets, employers may need to offer higher contribution levels to attract and retain top performers, in addition to offering a more comprehensive program.
  5. Company Philosophy: what are the core values of your company, and how does your cost-sharing formula fit into this?


Balancing Employee Needs and Cost Containment

Employers face the delicate challenge of balancing attractive benefits with cost containment. While it is vital to provide robust benefits that meet the diverse needs of employees, it is equally crucial to manage expenses efficiently.

Beyond the cost-sharing of the premiums, please keep in mind that the plan design itself offers an element of “cost-sharing” through coinsurance and deductibles, and additionally, through reimbursement limits. Please consider:

  1. Deductibles: flat deductibles are paid out-of-pocket before coverage is applied; while deductibles can incentivize employees to be more conscious of their benefit usage, thus reducing unnecessary expenses, they penalize lower claimers and are less common these days.
  2. Co-Insurance: this refers to the percentage of coverage, such as “80%” for basic dental. Co-insurance requires employees to share a portion of the costs for specific services, encouraging them to make more informed healthcare choices.
  3. Reimbursement limits; items may have limits that leave the employee out-of-pocket for the remainder of the cost (i.e. orthotics that cost $500 for which the employee only receives $300 back). Potentially in combination with points 1. and 2. above, reimbursement limits can erode the overall percentage of an expense for which an employee is covered. 

All of the above can encourage employees to make informed choices when it comes to their healthcare spending. However, with most employers stating that the overall goal of a benefits program is to facilitate employee health and wellness, employers should be mindful that employees are not bearing too great of a costs for their coverage, from a holistic perspective.

As we said, approaching the cost-sharing that is right for your company is not one-size-fits-all; you need to carefully consider the factors outlined above, and work with an experienced advisor to ensure the right approach that allows for excellent coverage in combination with cost-sustainability.


Decoding cost-sharing in employee benefits is a complex task that demands careful consideration of multiple factors. Employers must keep abreast of industry trends, assess their financial resources, and regularly evaluate their benefit packages to ensure competitiveness and relevance in the job market.
In today’s competitive landscape, employers must recognize that ongoing evaluation and adjustment of benefits packages are necessary to attract and retain top talent. By striking the right balance between attractive benefits and cost containment, employers can demonstrate their commitment to their workforce’s well-being while maintaining financial sustainability. The key lies in crafting a benefits package that aligns with the company’s values, meets the evolving needs of their employees, and supports the organization’s overall goals.


Cost-sharing in employee benefits refers to the arrangement where both the employer and the employee contribute to the cost of the benefits program. It helps strike a balance between providing attractive benefits and managing expenses.

Several factors influence the cost-sharing ratio, including company size, plan design, benefit premiums, demographics, employee classifications, and tax implications. Striking the right balance is crucial for an effective cost-sharing strategy.

Employers can approach cost-sharing by considering the benefits to be covered by the employee, applying a percentage to the total premium costs, or charging a flat dollar amount. Each approach has its considerations and implications.

Industry benchmarks and norms are essential considerations when determining cost-sharing arrangements. Employers often align their contribution levels with industry standards to remain competitive and appealing to potential employees.

Employers must balance attractive benefits with cost containment strategies. This includes considering elements like deductibles, co-insurance, reimbursement limits, and designing a benefits program that promotes employee health while managing expenses efficiently.

The ultimate goal of a benefits program, including cost-sharing strategies, is to facilitate employee health and wellness while ensuring employees are not burdened by excessive costs. It’s about providing excellent coverage in a sustainable manner.

Employers should regularly evaluate industry trends, assess their financial resources, and work with experienced advisors to ensure their cost-sharing approach aligns with industry standards and meets the needs of their workforce.

Decoding cost-sharing in employee benefits requires careful consideration of multiple factors. Employers need to maintain an ongoing evaluation and adjustment of benefits packages to attract and retain top talent while ensuring financial sustainability. The key is crafting a benefits package aligned with company values and employee needs.

Key Takeaways
  1. Importance of Cost-Sharing: Cost-sharing in employee benefits is a vital strategy that helps strike a balance between providing attractive benefits and managing expenses, ensuring both employers and employees contribute to the cost of the benefits program.

  2. Factors Influencing Cost-Sharing: Several factors, including company size, plan design, benefit premiums, demographics, and industry norms, influence the cost-sharing ratio between employers and employees. Employers must carefully consider these factors to determine an effective cost-sharing arrangement.

  3. Diverse Approaches to Cost-Sharing: Employers can approach cost-sharing in different ways, such as defining specific benefits for employee contribution, applying a percentage to total premium costs, or charging a flat dollar amount. Each approach has its considerations and implications.

  4. Balancing Employee Needs and Cost Containment: Employers face the challenge of balancing attractive benefits with cost containment. Elements like deductibles, co-insurance, and reimbursement limits play a crucial role in promoting informed healthcare choices while managing costs effectively.

  5. Ongoing Evaluation and Adaptation: Employers must regularly evaluate industry trends, assess their financial resources, and work with experienced advisors to ensure their cost-sharing approach remains competitive and relevant. It’s essential to align the benefits package with company values and the evolving needs of employees for long-term success.

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Virtual Health Care is Everywhere

Virtual Health Care is Everywhere: Employer vs. Free Options, and the latest in Offerings.  

Back in 2020, we wrote about virtual care offerings, at the time prompted by the pandemic and the lockdown we were experiencing, which made routine doctor visits close to impossible.

While virtual care was available pre-pandemic (in fact, it dates back to around 2006), it was inconsistent and sometimes difficult to navigate. One silver lining of the pandemic is that the virtual healthcare space has exploded with new and expanded platforms, offering individuals and businesses a variety of options to meet a range of needs.

The shortage of family medicine providers, compounded by a severe cold and flu season has made virtual care offerings even more valuable in recent months. A huge number of Canadians do not have a family doctor, and for those that do, booking a same-day appointment is often extremely difficult, if not impossible. While an in-person visit is certainly warranted in many instances, sometimes a virtual visit will suffice, and it can definitely be more convenient: no commuting, parking, waiting rooms.

Studies show that over 50% of doctor’s visits could be handled without direct contact, meaning a virtual visit will suffice to resolve the concern. Through most virtual providers, you can access:

  • Diagnoses
  • Prescriptions
  • Sick Notes
  • Lab work orders, such as blood tests
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Imaging referrals (Xray, Ultrasound)
  • Mental health inquires and referrals

While all providers prescribe medications, they do not prescribe or refill narcotics and addictive controlled substances.

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Free vs Paid Options

You may have noticed the existence of free virtual health care offerings versus paid programs that can be purchased either by businesses for their employees, or even by individuals.

Why pay for a Virtual Health Program, with so many free options?

Employers can add Virtual Care programs to their benefits line-up. A typical paid employer-sponsored program means an enhanced experience, such as:

  • Wait times: free options are becoming heavily used, and wait times are becoming longer. Paid options guarantee quicker access.
  • Longer hours of availability; many paid options offer 24-7 care, in contrast to free versions.
  • Coverage for those in provinces/territories where virtual visits are not insured: currently only BC, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec cover virtual doctors visits under provincial care
  • Direct access to many specialists: often common specialists like dermatologists or pediatricians can be accessed through enhanced programs
  • Beyond regular medical doctor’s visits: practitioners are often available through enhanced paid programs such as counsellors and dieticians, naturopaths and most notably, mental health services.
  • Reporting: usage / ROI data is available through some providers

While the cost ranges, many of these programs are available as add-ons to your existing benefits program for a few dollars per employee, per month.

For example, Manulife’s program is provided through Telus Virtual Health Care and is available as an add-on to an insured plan for $3.95 per employee per month. Like other similar programs, it offers an app with 24-7 on-demand access to health providers via secure text, video, and live chat. Maple Virtual Health is another well-known and highly regarded offering that is also available through many insurance providers (RBC Insurance, for example). Maple Virtual Health can also be purchased stand-alone by employers, and it does provide some ability for free visits to non-members in qualifying provinces, but they are tapering this back to focus on employer-sponsored programs. Telus Health is the best known and largest of the virtual health platforms and offers employer-sponsored programs. It is worth noting that Telus Business mobility customers have access to the paid version of the Virtual Care program for free!
Virtual Health Care is Everywhere: Employer vs. Free Options, and the latest in Offerings

Free Virtual Healthcare Options

Depending on your province of residence, you may be able to access free doctor’s visits through some virtual providers. Some provinces cover virtual doctor visits, meaning you will pay no fee to access a doctor online (the doctor will bill the province, as they usually would with an in-person visit).

For residents of BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, visits are free under some platforms. For those in other provinces, accessing a virtual provider typically costs around $30-40 per visit.

Most of these virtual providers connect via phone, live chat, video or secure text in order to connect with patients. The following are two notable virtual health care providers:

  • Telus Health – Telus has acquired numerous other providers and continues to dominate the virtual healthcare landscape. As mentioned previously, Telus Business mobility customers have access to the paid version of the Virtual Care program for free. The Telus Health MyCare app can be downloaded for free, and in covered provinces, doctor’s visits are billed to the province.
  • Tia Health One of the most well known and highly regarded platforms, with an easy to navigate system, Tia offers access to doctors, nurses and pharmacists by phone, video or secure messaging. Tia has also acquired a number of other virtual health providers, so has greatly expanded its network of clinicians.
  • Well Health Virtual Clinic Branded as a virtual walk-in clinic, this provider focuses on doctors visits, simple access to prescriptions and requisitions, and is free in covered provinces. A unique feature is you are able to choose your doctor from their listing.
  • Cover Health– Another virtual “walk in clinic” this platform is free in Ontario under OHIP and offers same day appointments, 7 days per week.

Virtual Mental Health Platforms

Accessing quality mental health services is difficult, and a significant barrier for many people is simply leaving the house. Accessing support through easy to navigate virtual platforms can be life changing. While the cost of the programs can be notable (the per-visit cost can be similar to an in-person session with a credentialed therapist), this can typically qualify under Extended Health paramedical coverage or through a Health Spending Account.

Two notable mental health platforms are:

  • MindBeacon With a focus on mental health support, specifically, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, MindBeacon is highly regarded in the virtual mental health support space. As the online practitioners are credentialed psychologists or social workers, fees can typically be submitted through benefit plans.
  • Inkblot Launched in 2018, Inkblot Therapy strives to alleviate the extremely long wait times that many people face in accessing mental health support. As a platform focused exclusively on mental health, Inkblot offers confidential virtual therapy, CBT, continuity of care, webinars and training, trauma and treatment services, chronic disease management, psychiatric consultations and collaborative care, work and life support

Virtual Health is here to Stay!

The pandemic provided the opportunity for expansion and innovation in the virtual health landscape. While there will always be the necessity for in-person medical treatment and virtual offerings should not be exclusively relied upon, they do solve numerous problems people face in accessing healthcare, and provide a comfortable and convenient alternative, where appropriate.

Whether you choose to implement an employer-sponsored paid program or not, employers should take the time to ensure employees are aware of the virtual health landscape, and the options available to them. There are many educational materials available that can be distributed to employees to assist in spreading the word.

Please feel free to reach out if you’d like to learn more. We love to hear from you!

FAQ’s on Virtual Care

Can a virtual health care provider prescribe medication?

Yes, this is one of the core services, however they will not prescribe controlled or addictive substances.

Can I see a specialist through a virtual care provider?

Sometimes, yes but more commonly you must still be referred to a specialist by a regular GP. Under some paid programs, specialists can be accessed.

Can I access virtual care if I’m not in one of the provinces where it’s insured under provincial coverage?

Yes, the same service is available, but a per-visit cost is charged that starts around $30. Subscriptions to virtual care platforms are available as well.

Can I see my own doctor through virtual care?

It depends! If your doctor works for one of the providers, you may be able to see them through a virtual care platform. Or they may provide this through their clinic.

How do I connect with a virtual provider?

Typically, you will engage online through your computer, table or smartphone. Once booking an appointment, you can usually choose a phone call, text, live chat or video conferencing for the appointment.
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Key Takeaways

• Virtual health platforms today offer a convenient and effective solutions for many medical concerns.
• There are numerous free virtual health platforms available today.
• Paid options typically provide enhanced services, namely guaranteed quicker access.
• All Employers should promote virtual health care offerings to their employees, whether or not you provide an Employer-paid version.
Lindsay Byrka

Lindsay Byrka BA, BEd, CFP

Vice President, Immix Group: An Employee Benefits Company
A Suite 450 – 888 Dunsmuir St. Vancouver V6C 3K4
O 604-688-5262 E lindsay@immixgroup.ca
W www.immixgroup.ca

8 Reasons for Increases to your Employee Benefit Plan Premiums   

Pondering the question: “Why do my benefit plan costs keep going up?” We’ve got answers.

If you’ve walked away from your renewal meeting scratching your head at the rate adjustment, you’re unfortunately not alone. Many advisors don’t do a great job explaining a rate change, and the math used by insurers can be quite (unnecessarily!) complicated. Our goal with this article is to give you insight into what causes rates to increase or decrease, and hopefully help you to better understand your program and what you can do to achieve cost sustainability.

Renewal rate reductions DO happen! We promise.

Before we get into why rates increase, we’d like to point out that for many of our clients, they see their rates reduce from time to time! Approximately 30-40% of our clients in a given year experience an overall rate decrease, rather than an increase.

We conducted a quick review of our block of business, and for their 2022 renewal rates:

  • 43% of our clients saw a reduction to their Extended Health Care rates
  • 30% of our clients saw a reduction to the Dental Care rates
  • 75% of our clients saw their pooled rates held without change

It’s a fact! Employee benefit program rates do not always increase, even in times of high inflation.

We want our clients to understand how benefit plan pricing works

During a renewal meeting, one of our primary goals is to ensure that our client understands WHY rates adjust. One of our key values at Immix is transparency; showing the details of the claims experience and how the rates are calculated is important to us.

First, as your advisor, we are responsible for determining fair pricing is presented to you for the year ahead. On a typical non-refund insured program, this means assessing the claims experience and projecting the required premiums for the upcoming renewal year, using some basic mathematical formulas. We look closely at the composition of the claims, the inflationary trends applied, the IBNR (Incurred But Not Reported) factors etc., but once we are satisfied we have arrived at fair pricing, our goal is to ensure you also understand.

However, if you’ve walked away from a meeting with your benefits advisor and you’re googling to attempt to understand why your pricing has increased, here are some insights:

1. Your claims experience is high.
This is the obvious one! In short, what was paid out in claims was too high relative to the premiums you paid for the benefit. This applies to health, dental, and to an extent, short term disability.

In very simple terms, if you paid $100 in premiums, and the claims paid back to members were $125, you have a Paid Loss Ratio of 125%. If you paid $100 in premiums, and the claims paid back were $50, you have a Paid Loss Ratio of 50%. While other factors come into play some of which are described below, in short, the premiums need to be sufficient to cover the claims, at a certain break-even mark.  

2. Your group is not fully credible/ has low credibility.
What is credibility? The simple explanation is that it’s the portion of your own claims experience used in the renewal rate calculation, versus the percentage that is based on the insurer’s block of business or manual rates. This is expressed as a percentage.

With Credibility of 25%, this means that 75% of the experience used to calculate your rate adjustment is based on the insurers block of business or manual rates, not your own claims experience. This can have the effect of helping or hurting your renewal rate calculation, depending on whether your claims experience is better than or worse than the insurer’s.

Credibility is based on the size of the group and the number of years with the insurer. The larger and longer you are with a carrier, the higher the credibility. It’s worth noting that within Immix Group’s broker-managed pools, we have full credibility for all groups, from day one.

More Reasons for Increases to your Employee Benefit Plan Premiums

3,Inflationary trends come into play.
Benefit programs are not immune to basic inflation, and an inflationary factor is incorporated into rate calculations.

Firstly, inflation affects claim costs, including fees charged by benefit providers such as paramedical practitioners, medical supply offices and dental clinics. In particular, we saw a huge increase to the 2022 Dental Fee Guide in BC, at 7.35%. With inflation hitting everything right now from groceries to gas to wages, you can also expect to see claims dollars increasing, across the board.

When calculating the renewal rates, the anticipated higher cost of future claims is taken into account.

An inflationary trend* is typically applied to the paid claims (along with the change in IBNR reserve) to arrive at the Incurred Claims, the number that is used in the calculation to project the required premium for the year ahead. Although the term “Incurred Claims” is a bit confusing, it’s basically your claims, trended for inflation and reserve adjustments.

4.You have a low Target Loss Ratio.

This might be based on the size of your group, how long you’ve been with the carrier, or perhaps you are inside of a pool. Nevertheless, this directly affects your renewal rate calculation under a typical insured plan.

If you’re not familiar with this term (read more here), Target Loss Ratio refers to the ‘break-even’ mark for the experience-rated benefits (typically health and dental, and partially, short-term disability). The Target Loss Ratio is the goal as far as where the Incurred Loss Ratio will fall, for the plan to not lose money. Assume the following:

  • 75% Incurred Loss Ratio, and 72% Target Loss Ratio
    • 75/72= 1.0417 (a 4.17% rate increase applied)
  • 75% Incurred Loss Ratio, and 84% Target Loss Ratio
    • 75/84= 0.8929 (a -10.71% rate decrease applied).

As illustrated, Target Loss Ratio is a key factor in your renewal pricing calculation. It’s a reflection of the costs to run the plan and includes the payment to the advisor.

5.You’re inside a pool where the experience of the pool drives your pricing.

Perhaps you had very low EHC claims, but the rates are still going up 15%, because under the pool model you are in, everyone in the pool gets the same adjustment based on the overall experience of the pool. Fair? Not at all. However, that’s how many pools are managed.

Even worse (in our opinion!) if you’re inside a pool where you are not allowed to see a breakdown of the types of claims or even the claims dollars compared to the premiums, you have no way of knowing if your pricing is fair. While it’s a lot easier for the advisor and insurer to give everyone the same rate adjustment, in addition to unfairly punishing groups with low claims experience, it doesn’t provide the transparency needed to properly manage the program.

6.You have aging demographics or a generally ‘older’ group.

We have discussed mostly the factors that affect health and dental pricing, but the pooled benefits (Life, AD&D, Dependent Life, Disability, Critical Illness) are also subject to rate changes. These are primarily driven by shifts in the overall group of people with regards to the headcount, male vs female split and the distribution over age brackets. As a group becomes “older” or there are higher concentrations of people in the older age brackets, rates tend to increase for pooled benefits.

A higher percentage of males vs females will drive life insurance rates up, whereas the opposite is true for disability pricing; proportionately more females drives the disability pricing up. This is simply a reflection of mortality and morbidity tables (likelihood of death or disability, respectively).

For the health and dental, an “older” group also will impact claims. Older groups are more likely to claim for prescription drugs, and often the more costly and ongoing drugs associated with chronic conditions. When it comes to Dental, older people are also more likely to be claiming for more expensive procedures such as crowns, bridges and dentures as opposed to just regular cleanings.  

Other Reasons for Increases to your Employee Benefit Plan Premiums

7.Your plan was set up with manual pricing.

Perhaps you are setting up group benefits for the first time meaning there is no claims history for your group of employees. The pricing that is implemented when a group is first established is based primarily on the demographics of the group, in combination with the selected plan design (known as book rates, or manual rates). As there is no information as to the medical or dental needs of the group, the pricing is really just an estimate based on data held by the insurance carrier. After the expiration of the initial rate guarantee period (15-24 months, or even longer for some benefits), the rates will be adjusted based on the factors described above for a typical non-refund insured plan. What may happen is that claims are far higher than estimated, meaning a rate increase is required. Alternatively, you could see your rates drop.

8.Your plan was set up with discounted pricing when you moved carriers.

Perhaps you decided to switch insurance carriers due to the reduced pricing presented to you. If it was not carefully analyzed and explained, you may be surprised to see a large increase at the first renewal with the new carrier. One reason for this is to recoup the sales discounts that were applied to entice you to make a move.  As we have written about, sometimes a discount is warranted (i.e. in assessing the claims ratios, the rates were too high) and sometimes they are illogical (the premiums proposed are far less than the historical claims). It is when the proposed rates seem far too low, where one needs to be cautious.

These discounts can be significant; insurers can offer 15%, 20% even beyond 30% discounts to obtain business, along with lengthy rate guarantees. As moving a group can be onerous, they anticipate they will likely retain the business for at least a few years, so will have the opportunity to increase the rates and recoup any sales discounts.


The answer? There are a lot of reasons for pricing to go up, but also reasons it can reduce.


As you can see, there are a variety of reasons why benefit plan pricing changes, whether it relates to your people, your pricing model, the broker and/or insurer you’ve engaged, or quite simply factors going on in the world. Working with an experienced and qualified employee benefits consultant is essential in ensuring your program remains sustainable for your organization.  

*Inflation: This is often expressed with a time lag factored in, so the number you see is higher than the annual expected inflation. For example, if the inflationary trend is displayed as 14%, this is divided by 12 and spread over the full year plus the additional months to the point the rates will change. Therefore, 14% over 16 months is actually 14/16×12= 10.5% inflation.


Not always. For fully-insured non-refund plans, rates can increase or decrease depending on the claims experience of the group or shifts in the demographics.

The credibility of a group refers to the portion of the groups own experience that is included in the renewal rate calculation.  

This refers to the ‘break-even’ mark for the program, or the projected point of profit vs loss for the experience-rated benefits, for the insurance carrier.

The ratio of paid claims, trended and with reserve adjustments factored into the premiums, expressed as a percentage.

The ratio of the paid claims to the premiums, expressed as a percentage. 

These are the ‘book rates’, or the rates used by an insurance company based on the demographic composition of the insured group, in combination with the plan design.

Lindsay Byrka

Lindsay Byrka BA, BEd, CFP

Vice President, Immix Group: An Employee Benefits Company
A Suite 450 – 888 Dunsmuir St. Vancouver V6C 3K4
O 604-688-5262 E lindsay@immixgroup.ca
W www.immixgroup.ca

One size fits all? Not when it comes to employee benefits.

Yes, it’s possible to gain the pricing advantage found within a benefits pool while also having control over your plan design!

When we begin discussing the strategy that Immix has created when it comes to group benefit plans one of the first questions we are asked is whether belonging to a benefits pool means having to implement a specific benefits plan design for your company. The short answer? Absolutely not! We know that one size does not fit all. The needs and wants of an organization when it comes to benefits vary dramatically, and our role includes not only ensuring you’re able to implement exactly what you want, it’s helping you to design the right program.



Standard plan designs don’t make sense- because every business is different.

Businesses view their benefit plans differently, and the structure and offerings of the programs reflect this. There is no real ‘right or wrong’ but there is effective and ineffective at reaching your desired outcomes.

Ensuring your benefits plan fits into your overall compensation model, matches your business’ philosophy and values, and does what it’s intended to do is not simple! This is where experienced advisors play a huge role. We know the market, we know how to design cost effective strategies, and we can help you achieve your goals.



But you know your people best

You probably have a good gut instinct as to the needs of the people that comprise your organization, especially if you’re a smaller team. You likely have demographic data on the age and sex breakdown of your group as well. But the key word here is ‘people’! It’s easy to get caught up in making assumptions based on the demographic profile of an organization.

And yes, there are many generations in the workplace today and there are certain characteristics we tend to assign to different generations. Generations in the workplace is one thing, but people are still people. Just because you’re 25, doesn’t mean you don’t have a chronic illness.  And just because you’re 65, doesn’t mean you don’t want a wellness spending account to cover your gym memberships and supplements.

While we tend to focus on age groups when we’re discussing benefits, we want to acknowledge that as individuals, we have vastly different needs, regardless of where we fall in the generational tagging system. There are also geographic and industry differences that affect what the benefits plan offering should look like. Understanding exactly who your people are is the key to designing just the right program.


A little data goes a long way

Knowing your people is one thing, but translating this into the correct scope for your benefits offering is something else. This is where the team at Immix Group comes in; you might need our help to survey your staff, to analyze your historical claims experience, or to walk you through programs and services that may be new to you. If you’re like a lot of employers, you might be seeking to add flexibility and choice to your benefits offering. The good news is that this is now easy to achieve!

beyond traditional health benefits

Because the right program makes a difference

The phrase ‘recruit and retain’ gets tossed around a lot when it comes to discussing the purpose of a great benefits plan. To break it down, you want the right benefits to help keep your best people. Salary compensation is important too, but what your organization brings to the table that adds to the total compensation package could be enough of a difference-maker to keep your best staff over the long term. The same applies when you’re recruiting; recruiting is challenging, and more and more people are asking up front about benefits offerings.  

Benefits beyond a traditional health and dental plan

A shift we have seen is towards asking about non-traditional benefits (so beyond the typical health insurance/ dental plan). Potential hires are asking about things such as health spending accounts, wellness/lifestyle spending accounts, group savings plans or a virtual care/mental health support program (or all of this!). People want the details on paid parental leave and paid time off, which goes hand in hand with the focus on work-life balance, and organizational flexibility as a whole.
employee benefits life balance

We designed our pools with flexibility and customization in mind

 One of the key benefits of how we have structured our broker-managed pools is that they actually have the reverse effect of a typical pool; we are able to provide MORE flexibility, including a choice from multiple major carriers.

Because we are working with our insurance carrier partners in a unique way, we are not always subject to the typical constraints imposed by underwriters for small groups (limits on life insurance, limits on dental coverage for new groups, limits on paramedical amounts). Our partners consider you part of our overall block of business, rather than treating you as a stand-alone company. While you’ll always be able to see your own claims experience and dollars in and out of the plan, being viewed as part of the Immix ‘block’ behind the scenes provides you with more than just pricing advantages.


Benefit plans must be cost effective

Even a fully customized, flexible benefits plan can be cost effective. The pricing model we’ve created at Immix is ideal for achieving the balance between customization and the low admin fees associated with inclusion in a pricing pool. Because we are negotiating the overall admin costs with the insurance provider on behalf of a large number of businesses, we’re able to pass the savings along to you, and spend the time needed to get the plan right- rather than haggling over pricing with the insurer on a group-by-group basis.


Not all pools are created alike

We understand that when you hear the term ‘pool’ you may jump to the conclusion that your business will be forced to implement a standard plan design or choose from a few plan options. Or, that you won’t be able to see any of the claims experience for your group. While other benefit pool offerings do take this approach, this is simply not the case with the Immix Pools.

Customization does not need to be expensive or complicated. Offering benefits that meet the needs of your employees regardless of age, sex, health or other identifying criteria can be done, and on your budget.

That’s why our model is so effective; low administrative costs, total customization and transparency, and experienced advisors who can work with you in a dedicated way to get it right.

Please reach out to us to discuss how we can help with your program; we love to hear from you.

Lindsay Byrka

Lindsay Byrka BA, BEd, CFP

Vice President, Immix Group: An Employee Benefits Company
A Suite 450 – 888 Dunsmuir St. Vancouver V6C 3K4
O 604-688-5262 E lindsay@immixgroup.ca
W www.immixgroup.ca

Check to Ensure your Benefits Quote is Actually for a Comparable Plan

5 Key Areas to Check to Ensure your Benefits Quote is Actually for a Comparable Plan

Inflation is on everyone’s mind; wherever you look, prices are rising. Unfortunately, benefit plans are not exempt from this. When the cost of dentist visits, medical items and procedures goes up, the result is often higher claims. This can sometimes end up passed along to employers as a renewal rate increase. 

Many of you may be considering getting a quote on your benefits plan or may have already received quotes from alternative providers.  Before you make a decision on moving your program, there are a few key points to check to ensure your quote is not too good to be true.

Is it truly apples-to apples?

Consider this scenario: you’ve been presented with a quote for a benefits plan. You had asked for the quote to be apples-to-apples to your current plan. The good news is the price is significantly cheaper than what you’re paying, and supposedly, the plan designs are equal. But are they?

In our line of work, it’s not uncommon to come across what is positioned as a comparable plan, only to find there are many details that have resulted in the lower price. They can be glossed over in a plan summary, and when the time is not taken to examine every nuance to the coverage, it can leave owners- and their employees- disappointed. There is nothing worse than rolling out a new program only to hear from an employee that their prescription -which was always covered under the old plan- is now excluded.

As we have written about in the past, it’s very common to get discounted pricing from an insurer. In short, the carriers usually need to extend some level of reduced pricing in order to gain your business.

And certainly, there are opportunities for true savings on administration costs.  But discounts aside, and beyond the summary of the coverage, we have compiled a list of specific plan elements to check and compare. 


Top 5 things to Review if a Benefits Quote seems Too Good to be True


  1. Review the details of the Prescription Drug Plan:

What are the details of the drug plan? Is there a managed drug formulary, excluded drug categories or drug caps? Does the plan mandate generic substitution or not?

A drug formulary is simply a list of the drugs that are covered on the plan. Oftentimes, a drug formulary is designed to exclude certain medication categories (fertility drugs or oral contraceptives are typical examples), in order to cut costs. In some instances, a drug plan may even exclude specialty drugs, the expensive but often lifesaving/ lifestyle saving drugs. While it’s often positioned as a benefit to employers, this could leave your employees with major uncovered drug expenses.

It is important to understand the implications of the drug plan. Generally speaking, a drug plan is a key part of the extended healthcare and is intended be an insurance plan. A plan that covers antibiotics (roughly $10-15) but excludes drugs for MS or Chrohn’s disease ($10K+ per year) is not providing coverage against a financially significant, often unexpected expense. While it’s true that a more open drug plan could mean higher drug claims than under a more restricted, managed formulary, the program’s stop-loss max will typically work to limit the plans exposure to high-cost drugs.

How the program adjudicates brand name versus generic drugs should also be clearly known; it’s standard these days to have generic substitution on a program, but this can work differently depending on the carrier or how the plan is set up (for example, will the plan allow the doctor to indicate ‘no substitution’ and therefore cover the brand name version of a drug?). Differences in this area have cost implications.

Lastly, is the annual limit for prescription drugs ‘unlimited’ or is there a dollar limit? You may be okay with implementing a capped drug plan, but again, you need to understand the details and implications. A qualified and experienced benefits advisor will be knowledgeable on all the above points, and most importantly, should be open and transparent about what you are getting.

Reviewing the health benefits plan
  1. Check the Dollar Maximums and Limits for Key Items:

You may have checked in the plan summary that the coinsurance is the same; 80% on certain lines of coverage, 100% on others. But what are the per item or category maximums?


The following are the most common items where benefit maximums may be listed, in the fine print:

      • per visit limit for paramedical services, such as $10 or $25 per visit reimbursement, rather than up to the practitioners reasonable and customary limits (i.e. $100 for massage visit)
      • annual per person dental limits in dollars; is this per level of coverage, or combined?
      • dental procedure limits such as scaling units
      • dental recall limits; is it the standard 6 months or has it been pushed to 9 months or even 12?   
      • eye exam limits; is it set to “reasonable & customary” meaning it will adjust with inflation, or is it a set amount? Is the amount reasonable given the cost in your area?
      • Orthotics, surgical stockings and other medical items
      • and as mentioned, is there an annual drug maximum, vs an ‘unlimited’ drug plan


While item reimbursement limits are standard practice, they do vary by carrier and many can be customized in a quote. It is important to understand how this may compare to your current plan, and whether the limits are reasonable, given the overall cost of the item, and the intent of your program.



  1. Check the Contract Wording and Coverage Details of the Disability Insurance


We say it all the time: long term disability coverage is the most important but often the most overlooked part of a benefits plan. This is an area to pay close attention to; in the event of a claim, how the claim is handled depends on the contract that is in place which could greatly impact the plan member, potentially for decades. Things to watch for:

      • What is the definition of disability, in words? How does this compare to your current plan?
      • Are commissions, bonuses and overtime pay or T5 earnings properly addressed? If the contract covers salary only, and this is a small percentage of total compensation for certain people, that could leave them grossly underinsured.
      • Cost of Living Adjustment; is there a COLA clause, or an inflationary adjustment included for the benefits payments? Is this important to you?
      • Is the program set up as taxable or non-taxable (is the employer or the employee paying the premiums?)
      • Is the duration of disability benefits to age 65? While this is the norm, we are seeing a trend towards a 5 or even 2 year benefit duration, to reduce costs. If someone goes on disability, they could be disabled for the duration of their life; an insurance plan that only pays them for a few years may not meet your requirements as an employer.


There is no bigger waste of money and potential liability than a disability plan that fails to cover people adequately and accurately; reviewing this area with an expert is crucial.

Reviewing details of a health benefits quote
  1. Check the Termination Ages: How long can people remain on various parts of the plan?

Different benefit lines typically have age-based termination or reduction schedules. For example, many life insurance benefits reduce the coverage by 50% at age 65, and then terminate completely at age 70 or 75. For health and dental, coverage is often in place right to age 75 or even ‘retirement’, meaning there is no actual termination age so long as someone is still actively at work.

We have noticed a trend towards lowering termination age and have seen coverage ending at 65 or even 60! For many employers, this is a big deal and it’s often not highlighted in a summary of benefits as a deviation. It is a good idea to additionally check the travel coverage and ensure this part of the extended health care is retained in alignment with the EHC, if possible.      

  1. Review the Mechanics of the Pricing:

Many people fail to review how the quoted premiums compare to the historical claims, or to do a basic ‘reality check’ on a too-good-to-be-true quote. On a typical experience-rated program, the premiums must be adequate to pay the claims, with the other pricing factors such as inflation, IBNR and target loss ratio taken into account.

Some questions to ask are: What is the actual discount that the carrier is investing? What is the duration of the rate guarantee?  What will be the process (financially speaking) when the plan is renewed? What is the Target Loss Ratio? If the plan is to be part of a pool, how does it work? Many times, you can find this out and often the carrier will be transparent as to how they plan to recoup any losses. A qualified benefits advisor should be able to explain this in detail and understand exactly what the renewal process will look like with a specific provider.  


Some plan design differences may be acceptable to you

There are always going to be nuances to carriers that are unique to them, and where they simply won’t directly align with your existing plan. Sometimes this means a slight improvement, and sometimes this could be perceived as a takeaway. At the end of the day, what’s important is that you understand the small deviations and that you are not buying something under misleading or mistaken circumstances.

An experience and qualified benefits advisor will do a detailed analysis

With the help of an experienced benefits advisor who knows the terminology and nuances to a quote and contract, the details can be understood. You may review any differences and be totally fine with the program not providing the same level of coverage. The key is to be aware, understand any implications, make an informed decision, and communicate any changes to your staff.

At the Immix Group, our benefits experts can help you obtain a quote, understand the quote and what it means for the future, and manage not only the onboarding of your new program, but the ongoing plan management. 

As always, feel free to reach out to us. We love to hear from you!  

Lindsay Byrka

Lindsay Byrka BA, BEd, CFP

Vice President, Immix Group: An Employee Benefits Company
A Suite 450 – 888 Dunsmuir St. Vancouver V6C 3K4
O 604-688-5262 E lindsay@immixgroup.ca
W www.immixgroup.ca


Business Owners: How to pivot your employee benefits to adapt to the changing landscape of employee needs

By Howard Cheung, Account Executive, Immix Group: An Employee Benefits Company


The year 2020 has certainly been a year of change. All aspects of life have adapted to a new normal, and this includes businesses and what it means to provide valuable benefits to employees. As business owners and managers of employee benefits, what can you do to continue providing high-value benefits to your employees, while maintaining your budget?


Traditional insured plans are simple, and the chosen structure for most SMEs

The majority of SMEs (5-99 employees) in Canada historically have traditional insured employee benefits programs. It’s quite simple; you pay premiums to an insurance company, and in turn, they cover employees for a set schedule of benefits. Premiums are adjusted annually, partly based on the spending patterns of the employees, relative to the premiums you have paid.


Studies show employers and employees both want flexibility

However, based on the latest 2020 Sanofi survey results, what many employees are missing in having only this type of benefit is flexibility and choice, something that caters to them as individuals. The overwhelming response from both employers/ plan sponsors and employees is the desire for some level of “Flex Plan.”

health spending accounts
health sponsors with a flex plan


The perfect addition to your insured program

Health care spending accounts or health spending accounts (aka HSAs) are the perfect solution to the desire for flexibility in a benefits offering.


A Health Spending Account works as follows:


Health Spending Accounts can cover both non-taxable and taxable items

HSAs are used to reimburse plan members for a very broad set of health and dental related purchases (eligible expenses are matched to the CRA list of eligible expenses, in a tax-free HSA). This list is far more expansive than what is typically covered under a regular insured benefits plan. Given a set dollar amount for the year, members choose when and how to use their allocation, depending on their own personal needs.

For programs that also allow for non-CRA eligible expenses (typically considered ‘Wellness’ expenses), items such as vitamins, gym memberships, fitness equipment, alternative practitioners and even childcare can be claimed. These items create a taxable benefit for the employee.

From the employer’s perspective, the key difference from traditional insured benefits is full control as to how much you want to spend. HSAs offers stability and flexibility, with no surprises. Probably the most under-utilized CRA- approved benefits offering, HSAs are cost effective and simple.


However, health spending accounts are not intended to replace insured benefits

Are HSAs the ultimate solution for benefits? No. HSAs provides flexibility and choice for a certain segment of expenses. Ultimately, there is very little or no insurance component which means members are not protected from long-term, significant health costs.

When it comes to long term protection such as for expenses associated with severe illnesses or catastrophic events, your health and dental benefits need an insurance component, where high expenses can be covered, without a dollar limit. This is where the traditional benefits serve as your foundational base. For example, a costly dental accident, a travel mishap or the diagnosis of a serious illness requiring lifelong medication; these all require traditional ‘insurance.’

As well, other coverages such as long term disability, life insurance or programs such as group savings plans, employee assistance plans or wellness and workplace culture programs are all valuable parts of a comprehensive benefits package, typically under an insured structure.


The role of a Health Spending Account

Health Spending Accounts are the perfect complement to your insured program and can often be carefully designed to replace certain items within an insured plan. HSAs are certainly a solution that is often overlooked, but that can provide a highly valued benefit that sets your company one level above the competition. Best of all? You control the cost.

ImmixGroup provides innovative customized benefits solutions. Feel free to reach out to me howard@immixgroup.ca if you would like to see how we can set your benefits apart from the competition!





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New Year, New Benefits?

A fresh year — and a refresh opportunity

For more information, please feel welcome to contact me: lindsay@immixgroup.ca

Lindsay Byrka

Lindsay Byrka BA, BEd, CFP

Vice President, Immix Group: An Employee Benefits Company
A Suite 450 – 888 Dunsmuir St. Vancouver V6C 3K4
O 604-688-5262 E lindsay@immixgroup.ca
W www.immixgroup.ca

Employee benefits for start-ups: the long-term vs. short-term outlook

Once they grow above three employees, many small businesses start thinking about getting a benefits program. After all, benefits are a key attraction in hiring the best talent.

From a human resources perspective, small businesses scaling up should make sure the benefits package they settle on is competitive. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not enough to shop around for providers that offer the best rates. Let’s look at the factors to be aware of — and if they align with your business philosophy.

A lot depends on whether you’re in it for the long or short term. Pose this specific question to potential providers: “How do benefit premiums work and what are they going to cost in a five-year timeframe?” Be aware that insurance providers can offer seemingly discounted rates to lure you in initially — then, a year or two later, significantly bump up those rates. Now, if your initial budget is tight and you know that your rates will go up by double digits annually, then that’s fine. But this eventual bump in rates should be made transparent to you from the get-go.


Other options

Then there’s the opposite scenario: A provider advises you to sign on for higher-than-average rates for your group. The reasoning is that, with higher rates, the provider will have more room to play with should you run into a high-claims situation. So, do you want low rates with higher risk or higher rates with lower risk?

Or, you could opt for the right optimal rates. But what determines an optimal rate? To get a better idea, you have to understand how premiums are derived. Ultimately, premium rates are based on a combination of factors:

  •      claims paid vs. premiums paid (a.k.a. experience)
  •      trend factors
  •      pooled vs. non-pooled benefits
  •      profit margin/admin cost/commissions (a.k.a. target loss ratio).

We won’t go into exact technical explanations, but it’s important that you are aware of the above. In our consultations and renewal reviews, we delve deeper into each factor and explain how it is intertwined with your premiums. Interestingly, most people are aware of the first three factors; few know about the fourth one. Many clients have found it eye-opening to understand how brokers and insurance companies get paid. Understanding all this, we are often able to optimize costs in the long term.

In short, if you have a long-term outlook, don’t just focus on the surface rates of quotes and benefits. Rather, think about the underlying factors that will affect your company’s experience and rates in the long term. Consider doing an audit on your benefits with the above perspectives in mind.

ImmixGroup are group benefits specialists who provide transparent consultation and optimization of benefits for businesses.

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HR managers: Here are three useful tips to help you efficiently manage employee benefits

Employee benefits are an integral part of both the employee-value proposition and the overall working experience. As an HR manager, you might well ask, “Just how deeply should I be involved in employee benefits?”

Let’s be frank. The discipline of employee benefits can be overwhelmingly complex. It takes in administrative processing, financial analysis, reconciliation and compliance. And, given that the cost of benefits is huge, you may even be responsible for negotiation and auditing.

To help you efficiently manage employee benefits, here are three tips:

Use and take advantage of online technology

Check with your broker to set up your group plan with:

  •  a plan administrator’s online platform
  •  members’ online platform
  •  a mobile app for members.

At a minimum, most insurers have an online administration platform to do a majority of traditional tasks: enrolment/termination/changes for members; viewing invoices; viewing coverage; etc. As for implementation of benefits, don’t sift through hundreds of paper applications. Instead, ask your broker if they can support electronic enrolment of members.

Encourage employees to use the members’ online platform to check coverage balance, replace lost cards and use best practices for travel/special claims. As well, more and more insurers have mobile app support. This allows easy, at-their-fingertips access to all of their benefit details. The more self-servicing resources provided to members, the less manual work falls to the HR department.


Implement an employee assistance program (EAP)

A key role of HR is to support employees in cases of workplace crises stemming from a variety of factors: mental illness, personal issues, financial stress, substance abuse, etc. All these can lead to performance issues and absenteeism. As well, they put a lot of stress and burden on the HR department.

Fortunately, a strong EAP is a powerful partner for HR and can help address all of the above with minimal disruption to business.An EAP is designed to assist employees in resolving the above issues via: counsellors over the phone or online; referral services; and wellness resources. Many EAPs also offer coaching and assistance to managers and HR in dealing with employee issues, such as workplace conflicts.

The key benefit of such a program is that it is anonymous and confidential, with expert resources for employees. Often political and privacy factors are at play that prevent employees from seeking help through their employer. As issues continue to linger, performance and ultimately the efficiency of the business will be adversely affected. All businesses, small or large, should consider taking advantage of a strong EAP as a cost-effective solution in alleviating workplace crises.


Work with a dedicated benefits broker

Benefits can involve many layers of management. It is a good idea to work with an employee benefits brokerage that has a dedicated team for servicing and consultation. This means not using the insurance company or an independent financial advisor without an in-house team. By contrast, a dedicated benefits service team can help coordinate and negotiate claims that could otherwise be declined by the insurer.

A specialized benefits broker can provide better insights; they have a wider range of tools and better pooling arrangements with insurers. These advantages lead to optimizing the cost of your employee benefits program. This is especially important at renewal time, when a benefits broker can make sense out of your multi-page renewal report and guide you through the nuances of benefits analysis.

At Immix Group, we believe implementing the above three tips will significantly optimize the administration of benefits in HR. As employee benefits specialists, we work closely with HR so that we are the ones doing the brunt of the heavy lifting in:

  •  market surveying
  •  benchmarking
  •  financial analysis
  •  negotiation with insurers
  •  securing pooling arrangements
  •  auditing.

When benefits are efficiently managed, both you as the HR manager and your workforce are better able to focus on running your business.

Further reading

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Employee benefits renewal is simpler than you think – here’s the key

You may be an accountant, or work in human resources. Or perhaps you are a cost controller, chief financial officer or small-business owner. In any of these roles, you face the same daunting challenge every year: At employee-benefits-renewal time, how best to deal with rate adjustments while keeping costs under control?

Renewal reports can be mind-bogglingly complicated. They don’t have to be. Yes, you have a great deal of data to consider in understanding your group’s claim usage. But there’s a key factor that defines your renewal adjustment.

This factor has to do with:
1.) target loss ratio, or TLR, and
2.) two formulas that will help you understand where your renewal should stand.

TLR, sometimes also called a break-even ratio, is a percentage that indicates the expense level of the insurance carrier. This expense level directly affects how much your group can claim before the insurance carrier loses money.

For example, let’s assume your TLR is 80%. First we need to calculate the loss ratio, which is claims paid/premiums paid. In this case, let’s assume claims paid were $90 and premiums paid were $100:

  • loss ratio = total claims paid/total premium paid
  • estimated adjustment = loss ratio/target loss ratio.

This would yield a 90% loss ratio. Then, to find the estimated adjustment, you would divide the loss ratio of 90%/the TLR of 80%, which would yield +12.5%.

There is a lot more that goes into calculating a renewal, especially when it comes to larger groups. For illustration purposes, we didn’t take into account a few other factors, such as trend (inflation) and reserves (claims lag). But the above, in a nutshell, is essentially how renewals are calculated. It’s a quick and easy way for a plan administrator to do the math to see where their group should stand.


How is the TLR determined?

You might ask: How is the TLR determined? Usually, it’s determined at the time of inception and illustrated on the initial quote. Included in the TLR calculation are the insurance company’s costs in handling servicing and claims adjudication, as well as any commission paid to the broker. As the group size grows, typically the TLR will increase and the administration cost will be lower relative to the amount of premium the insurance carrier is receiving.

So, the lower the TLR, the greater the portion of your premium going into expenses and administration and commissions.

You want to ensure that your TLR is updated accordingly and is negotiated to be as high as possible. And you can do this by working with specialized employee benefits brokers that have preferred pooling arrangements.

If you would like to have an in-depth discussion about understanding your renewals, please feel welcome to contact me with any questions.

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