Group Health Plans

Traditional Business Health Insurance

Business Health Insurance refers to health insurance plans provided by employers to their employees as part of the employee benefits package. These plans are designed to cover medical expenses incurred by employees and, in some cases, their dependents. Traditional Business Health Insurance is a foundational component of employee benefits, providing financial protection against healthcare costs. It fosters a healthy workforce, enhances job satisfaction, and serves as a recruitment and retention tool for employers, all while offering tax advantages and legal compliance. Here’s a detailed description of its key components and characteristics:


  • Fully Insured Plans: In a traditional fully insured plan, the employer pays a premium to the insurance carrier. The insurance carrier assumes the risk and is responsible for paying the healthcare claims based on the policy terms.
  • Self-Insured Plans: Some businesses opt for self-insured plans where they assume the risk and pay for the healthcare claims out of pocket, usually setting aside a specific fund for this purpose.


Traditional business health insurance typically covers a range of healthcare services including hospitalization, outpatient services, prescription drugs, preventive care, and mental health services. The extent of coverage may vary based on the chosen plan.


Employers and employees share the cost of premiums. The employer’s contribution is often substantial, making the plan more affordable for employees. Premiums are usually deducted directly from the employee’s paycheck.

Provider Networks:

  • PPO (Preferred Provider Organization): Offers flexibility in choosing healthcare providers and specialists without referrals but provides higher benefits for using in-network providers.
  • POS (Point of Service): Offering both in and out of network coverage, often require referrals from primary care physician in order to see a specialist.
  • HMO (Health Maintenance Organization): Requires members to choose a primary care physician and obtain referrals for specialized services, focusing on in-network care.

Employee Benefits:

Offering health insurance contributes to employee satisfaction, retention, and overall well-being. It is a valuable incentive for attracting and retaining skilled talent.

Tax Benefits:

Employer contributions towards health insurance premiums are tax-deductible, and employees can pay their share of the premium with pre-tax dollars, reducing taxable income.


Employers must ensure that their health insurance plans comply with various laws and regulations, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which mandates specific coverage requirements and employer contributions.


Employees are usually given an opportunity to enroll in health insurance during the annual open enrollment period, and under certain qualifying life events such as marriage, birth of a child, or loss of other coverage.