A Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
An HMO group health plan requires group members to obtain their health care services from doctors and hospitals affiliated with the HMO. Thus, members are required to designate a primary care physician within the HMO. Then, the primary care physician treats and directs health care decisions. In addition, the primary care physician coordinates referrals to specialties within the HMO network. Accordingly, HMOs offer access to a comprehensive package of covered health care services in return for a prepaid monthly amount (or “premium”). However, most HMOs charge a small co-payment depending upon the type of service provided.
Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
If you belong to a PPO group health plan, you will save the most money on healthcare if you use providers within the PPO network. Thus, if providers outside of the network are used, it is possible that those services may be covered only partially or not at all. Also, deductibles must be met on this plan before some services will be covered. PPOs require a co-pay for physician visits and some other healthcare services. However, the great thing about a PPO is it’s rich network of quality doctors and healthcare facilities, and the ability to utilize healthcare services outside of your deductible. For example, doctors visits.
Health Savings Account (HSA)
An HSA combines a high deductible, lower premium group health insurance plan (PPO) with a savings account. Accordingly, both employer and employee can contribute, tax-free, to the savings account. Then, the account is used to help fund the deductible and other qualified medical expenses. Once the deductible is met, the insurance starts paying.
Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
An HRA combines high deductible, low premium health insurance plan with a tax favored savings account. Consequently, this plan requires that the employer contribute to the savings account. Then, the account can be used to fund co-pays and other qualified expenses submitted by the employee, prior to the deductible being met.
Single, Dual or Triple Option Plans offer eligible employees a choice between several different types of plans as described above.
Through our thorough analysis and plan design process, we can help you determine which traditional health plan is right for your company.