Today we continue our series on 6 vision benefits trends that are turning “why” to “wow” by looking at trend #2: One-size-fits-all vision benefits are too constrictive to satisfy your entire workforce.
Since vision is a voluntary benefit, members must be satisfied with the value they receive. Think about it: if you’re dissatisfied with a good or service, you’ll find another place to get what you need. If employees are dissatisfied with their benefits, utilization will be low, enrollment will decline and employee perceptions of your overall benefits program will suffer.
And yet, many employers continue to offer a single-tiered vision plan for their employees – often at the expense of those using the benefit.
During the past 10 years, vision premiums have remained relatively flat compared to increases in other health care segments. While fixed premiums help control employer costs, it means more cost has shifted to members at the point of service.
Offering a multi-tiered vision plan—one with high, medium and low coverage options—increases not just savings at the point of service, but also utilization, enrollment and, most importantly, employee satisfaction. Why? Because different people have different vision needs. Do you want contact lenses? Do you want economical frames and basic lenses? Or do you want designer frames and the latest in lens technology to help you see life to the fullest? Employees’ vision needs should dictate their vision benefits, not the other way around.
What does that mean for you? It may be time to consider a multi-tiered option vision plan that’s likely to meet more employees’ specific benefit needs – especially when coupled with a decision support tool to help employees select the right plan for their lifestyle needs.
The take-away of this trend: No one wants to pay for more benefits than they need—nor do they want to feel like they don’t have enough coverage.
Make sure your company’s vision plan doesn’t try to squeeze all employees into a one-size-fits-all model that ends up being the wrong size for everyone. Learn more about our unique approach to vision benefits.TAGS:
CATEGORY: HR Benefits
Please log in with one of the following services to leave a reply.
Are you an employee?
Log in with your employee network credentials.
We want to hear your thoughts through comments on our posts, but we’ll delete any comments that break our house rules, either those listed below or additional rules added by EyeMed at a later date:
- Spam is bad. It’s fine to include a link to relevant content, but we’ll remove spam and advertisements for other company’s goods or services.
- Keep it clean. We’ll delete any comments that use profanity. Same goes for language or concepts that could be deemed offensive.
- Play nice. We won’t allow comments that attack a person or entity.
- Avoid Too Much Information (TMI). This is a public forum, not the place for Protected Health Information (PHI). We’ll delete any comments that share PHI or other sensitive data.
- Stay on topic. A blog post about health care probably isn’t the best place to tell us about your love of unicorns. We’ll remove anything that’s clearly unrelated to the topic at hand.
- Keep it on the up and up. We’ll remove any comments that may violate the law (including copyright infringement) or encourage others to do so.