Depending on the state you live in a small employer may be one with 50 or less employees or one with 100 or less employees.
The process of selecting & purchasing group health insurance for small employers will not be significantly different than it has been in the past; however, there will be some differences.
Certain things will no longer be a factor in determining premiums such as:
- Health status of employees
- Geographic location of employees
- Industry of employer
- Employer size
In addition, insurance carries will no longer be able to offer composite rates (ie average rates). Instead the rates for each employee will be based on his/her age.
Benefits will be restricted to 4 Metal Levels
Deductibles will be limited to no more than $2,000 for an individual or $4,000 for a family unless this cannot be achieved to meet the requirements of a particular metal level. In other words, if a Bronze plan cannot be created with a $2,000 deductible, then a Bronze plan with a higher deductible is permissible.