SMART MOVE: Voluntary Insurance Benefits

by Patrick Miller, CBLife, The Club’s Insurance Partner

Voluntary benefits are insurance products that employees may choose to purchase through their employer at rates that are lower than they could get on their own. A few examples of voluntary benefits are life, disability, accident, critical illness and cancer insurance. Many employers offer voluntary benefits to provide a more robust benefits package for employees.

How do voluntary benefits work for employees?

For an example of how voluntary benefits work we’ll need our good friends Gary and Greta. Tonight, they’re going to a restaurant for dinner. Gary and Greta’s entrées include soup and salad with the price of their meals. In this case, their meal is like their employer’s health plan – they get what they want along with a few added extras. Hopefully, their food tastes better than their health plan.

Anyway, tonight Gary and Greta want more than the basic entrée, soup and salad. They’d also like to order some appetizers, a bottle of wine and dessert. These extras are kind of like voluntary benefits – Gary and Greta get more than the basic offering, but pay for only what they order.

Like appetizers, desserts and wines, voluntary benefits come in many varieties that help protect your financial and physical well-being.

For example, for a little extra money that’s simply deducted from his paycheck each month, Gary can purchase critical illness insurance that will help offset loss of income if he is unable to work due to sickness or injury. He can choose supplemental insurance to cover copays, deductibles or other costs of care not covered by his regular health insurance. And benefits are paid directly to the employee, so Gary can use the money however he needs to.

Most consumers don’t plan for loss of income, or for expenses like childcare and travel that are necessitated by illness or injuries but not covered by medical insurance. Yet studies show that unexpected illness and injuries account for more than 350,000 bankruptcies every year. By enrolling in these voluntary benefits, Gary is rewarded with greater peace of mind.

Now, what are the advantages for employers who offer voluntary benefits?

Offering voluntary benefits to employees provides a great incentive for people to stay with you. Your employees can receive more benefits. You’re also helping your employees protect their health, their savings and everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Summary of Voluntary Benefits

Voluntary benefits allow employees to purchase additional insurance products through their employer at rates that are lower than if they bought them on their own. Premiums are deducted from the employee’s paycheck, making payment simple and convenient. Everybody wins when voluntary benefits are a part of a company’s employee benefits package.

CBLife is The Club’s partner for four areas – life insurance, critical illness insurance, retirement income and accident medical expense insurance. Currently the Club offers three CBLife products: the Security Builder Plan, the Timber Ridge Critical Illness Plan and the Accident Medical Expense Plan. Ask your Club Counselor for details.
You can contact CBLife at (888) 443-8829.

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