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Monday, October 23, 2006

Give your employees health insurance

What's wrong with you? You, the employer, need to wake up. More Americans are working for companies that don't offer health insurance plans, two reports released last week concluded. One report found even as the economy improved, fewer people have employee-sponsored insurance or are eligible for coverage. The report also confirmed what we already knew: people who are self-employed or work for small businesses are more likely to be uninsured than those that work for larger companies.
Don't you realize, health insurance is critical these days. Sure, it can be pricy. But don't be penny wise and dollar foolish. An employee who doesn't have health insurance will come to work sick, ignore warning signs and pass germs along. Or, he will get so sick, a small medical problem will turn into a larger one, forcing a leave of absence.
There are ways to offer affordable health insurance even if you are a small business. Industry associations, chambers of commerces and even some civic organizations offer access to group plans. Going without health insurance for yourself is risky. Denying your employee affordable health insurance is bad business.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should not be the responsibility of an employer to give it's employees "health insurance". Many years ago, companies began to give employees health benefits as a perk to entice employees to come work for them.

6:31 AM  

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