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Mason Ellerbe Talks Employer Sponsored Health Plans with Taking The Pulse Podcast

The landscape of employer sponsored health plans is riddled with all sorts of unique challenges.

With the cost of health insurance plans becoming more and more expensive, employers everywhere are looking for ways to reduce costs while keeping a competitive benefits strategy that meets the need of their multigenerational workforce.

OneDigital Carolinas Mason Ellerbe, Lead Executive for High Value Health, was recently featured in Taking the Pulse: a Health Care Podcast discussing how OneDigital is uniquely positioned to help challenge the status quo of health benefits. In the podcast, Mason highlights the passive nature of most health plans as a root cause of the challenges.

The status quo is to provide employees with a large network but give them no support or guidance as to when, who, or how to utilize it for their care. There is very little objective information available anywhere to support that key decision point for employees/patients. Here at OneDigital, we are looking to develop ways to provide more proactive health plan models that address this weakness.
Mason Ellerbe, Lead Executive for High Value Health, OneDigital

To deliver a proactive health plan strategy, Mason says it's critical to listen to what your people need. "We've pivoted from being more of a traditional benefit broker to helping employers execute their people strategy, and making sure that their investment in benefits and total compensation matches what those folks actually want."

And when it comes to making cost adjustments, sometimes employers aren't sure where, or how, to start. Mason says to take it in baby steps. "Start slowly. Assess your current healthcare plans to see where small adjustments, like cutting back on service fees, can be made. For companies with 100 or more employees, a self-funded plan can often aid in reducing costs too."

Tune in to the full interview here.

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