Why is a PEO Cheaper Than Going Directly to an Insurance Company?
Why is a PEO cheaper they going directly to an insurance company for the same health insurance with the same insurance company?
- Size Does Matter: PEO’s are the largest medical buying groups for health insurance in America. They have over $11 Billion Dollars in buying power and under federal act (unavailable to your insurance broker) a PEO can aggregate the groups together for better negotiations and other cost efficiencies. Your insurance agent cannot even if they are giant and even if you love them.
- Swim in a clean pool! When your broker shops your benefits with the few carriers left in your area, the ACA requires them to take all companies – good risks and bad risks at mostly the same rates (age adjusted). PEO’s don’t have to take the bad risks! The skim the good risks. So, if you can get in that claims pool you are golden. PEOs therefore have much better claims experience – and therefore the rates are significantly less then then when your insurance broker gets you rates your own. Another important note – because of this not only are the rates lower when you join the PEO BUT their renewals tend to be half that of the private market – and that compounding is really important to your bottom line and employee satisfaction and retention.
- Lastly, because PEO’s provide a fully integrated HRIS – payroll, benefits, administration, enrollment, compliance (not just benefits compliance but full HR compliance – you know protection from the HR stuff you might/will get sued about – hiring, workplace stuff, fmla, overtime, terminations) and education service – it’s much more efficient for the insurance companies and for you – generally 20 to 30% less than your current costs!
Really, what do you have to lose by getting a quote?
(PS your insurance broker doesn’t want sell you a PEO – they get 90% less commission plus it is not really their business)