We are fluent in “insurance jargon” and are skilled at translating it into plain speak. Each business, like each business owner, is unique. Have other questions? We are here as a resource, happy to help.
Membership.com is an agency formed by a team of insurance professionals who want to change the game. We connect small to medium-sized businesses with affordable, personalized health insurance plans and employee benefits packages that go beyond basic coverage.
We were frustrated by the confusion and complexity of purchasing health insurance and other benefits for our own businesses, as well as the lack of transparency around pricing in the industry as a whole. We partner with your business to make buying health insurance the way it should be:
It starts with a conversation. We want to get to know you and your business so that we can partner with you to create a plan that is best for your needs. If we are the best fit, we would love to partner with you. If not, we are happy to refer you to another trusted partner and hope that we can work with you in the future.
We think about health insurance so that you don’t have to. Your Benefit Partner will work with you to complete everything necessary for enrollment. After enrollment, your dedicated Account Partner will take care of any day-to-day needs. Our clients have direct access to their Membership.com Team.
You only need 2 employees to qualify for some Membership.com plans. Minimum group size varies between plans, contact us today so that we can connect you with the right plan for your group.
With a fully insured plan, the employer pays a fixed amount each month (the premium) to the carrier to pay for the costs of employee healthcare. The carrier assumes all of the risk and the employer has the benefit of knowing exactly how much the plan will cost. The employer has no way to know how much of the premium paid to the carrier was spent on actual claims. If employees don’t use much healthcare, the employer has spent a lot of money and doesn’t get anything back. At Membership.com, we call this the black hole of premium.
Self-funding is where the employer pays the full costs of employee healthcare rather than paying premium for a traditional fully-insured plan. This means the employer pays the healthcare provider directly for any employee claims. Very large employers can save significantly on benefit costs by switching to a self-funded plan because self-funded plans pay for only the care that is used. For smaller companies, the instability of claims and risk of high claims that comes with self-funding outweigh the benefits. Some months could bring minimal medical bills, but the employer is unprotected from a big event. Level-funding allows smaller employers to self-fund without these risks.
Stop-loss is a type of insurance that protects against very high claims. It kicks in to pay the excess if claims exceed what is expected.
The employer can choose if part-time employees are eligible to participate in the group’s health plan. Membership.com has solutions for employers needing a plan especially suited to part-time employees.
Usually not, but some carriers offer flexibility on this issue. Membership.com has solutions for 1099 groups.
Did you find us after receiving an especially large increase at renewal time? Many of our clients did. Insurance carriers use “community rating” to set premium prices in a geographical area. One of the benefits of level funding is that your group is quoted based on the claims of YOUR employees. Groups with fewer health risks can see significantly reduced costs. Employers can further reduce costs through wellness programs and other initiatives. While we can’t guarantee you will never see an increase at renewal, we can guarantee that you will be able to understand why a rate has gone up, and partner with you to design benefit programs that work to lower your costs.
No, Membership.com is only able to offer health insurance to employer groups. We do offer Perk Packs to individuals and the self-employed through our exclusive partnership with Your Benefits Plus. These packages are not insurance and not intended to replace insurance.
Membership has perks. There is a certain buying power that large groups have access to. We partner with products that have savings on targeted packages of benefits and services to give employees the kinds of perks usually associated with working for a large corporation.