Employer Premiums and Your Illinois Group Health Insurance

By mldadmin
May 21, 2024

Understanding Employer Premiums

Your Guide to Illinois Group Health Insurance

Discover how employer premiums impact your health insurance and what you need to know to make informed decisions for your business and employees.

Unpacking Employer Premiums and Your Illinois Group Health Insurance (Spoiler Alert: It’s Not Like Georgie & Mandy’s Marriage!)

Hey there Illinois business owners and employees! Mark from MLD Agency here, ready to tackle a topic that might feel as shocking as the season finale of Young Sheldon (RIP George Sr.!). We’re diving into the world of small business group health insurance in Illinois (because let’s be honest, “Georgie and Mandy’s First Marriage” sounds like a terrible spin-off).

This week, we’re focusing on employer premiums and how they impact you, the employee. Buckle up, because health insurance can be more confusing than a Midwest tornado! ️

Employee Plus One, Plus Two, Plus... Wait, Can I Add My Mom?

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First things first, dependents! This can be a spouse, children, or even your whole family depending on your plan. But here’s the catch: employers can charge you anywhere from nada to 100% for covering your dependents. Most employers land somewhere around 50%. Just remember, your mom (unless she’s your legal dependent) probably won’t qualify for coverage under your plan.

Why Does My Premium Keep Changing? It's Like Insurance Reads Minds!

Ever wonder why your premium seems to magically increase every year? It’s not because the insurance company wants to buy a yacht (although that would be a sweet perk!). Health insurance renews annually, and since the Affordable Care Act, those costs tend to go up. Sometimes, employers absorb some of that cost, but other times, it gets passed on to you, the employee.

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So, How Much Does My Employer REALLY Pay?

This can be a bit of a mystery. Some employers might be open to sharing their costs, but others keep it close to the vest. Here at MLD Agency, we can’t pry that information out of them, but we can help you find the perfect small business group health insurance plan in Illinois that fits your needs and budget.

COBRA: It’s Not Getting Rich Quick, Just Covering Costs

Leaving your job? If you’re on COBRA, you might be wondering why the premium suddenly seems like highway robbery. Here’s the deal: COBRA allows you to continue your employer’s group health plan, but you’re now responsible for 100% of the premium, plus a 2% administrative fee. It’s not a money-making scheme, it just covers the cost of keeping you covered.

Phew! Feeling a Bit Less Confused?

Hopefully, this sheds some light on the sometimes-mystifying world of employer premiums and how they impact your Illinois group health insurance. Still have questions? The MLD Agency is here to help! We can guide you through the maze of options and find a plan that keeps you healthy and happy (without the Georgie and Mandy drama).

Looking for more insurance info? We’ve got you covered! Check out our website, contact us using our online form, or give us an old-fashioned phone call at (630) 845-8678. Until next week, take care!

Get Expert Advice on Your Insurance Needs

Are you looking for expert advice on health insurance, life, disability, or other insurance needs? Contact Mark Duprè at The MLD Agency. With decades of experience, Mark can help you navigate the complexities of insurance and find the best solutions for you and your business. Don’t wait—reach out today to ensure you have the coverage you need.

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