Articles | January 8, 2021
Since the passage of the ACA, various organizations have designed and marketed their version of the ideal private exchange to employer plan sponsors.
In this primer, we summarize the basics of private exchanges and look at some pros and cons.
A private exchange is an online resource, usually a website, where employers (or employees themselves) can shop for health insurance and enroll in a plan.
Private exchanges now come now come in all shapes and sizes:
Some employers have found these designs to be an attractive way to deliver health coverage that expands choices for employees and improves services and support.
They may even reduce costs. But other employers find the private exchange landscape complex and misleading and believe it to make promises without a return on investment.
Before switching to a private exchange, ask yourself these questions.
If you already sponsor a private exchange, is it doing everything it promised?
Some organizations that chose to join an exchange are now reevaluating their options and determining if it is still the right fit.
If that description applies to your organization, perhaps it’s time to take a fresh look at whether your exchange is doing all it promised.
For example, Segal is one of the only comprehensive full-service HR and employee benefit consulting firms that doesn’t offer a private exchange, because we believe that it would compromise our objectivity.
If you're looking to assess your existing sponsorship of a private exchange, or to begin sponsoring one, we can get help you evaluate. Get in touch.
This page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, tax or investment advice. You are encouraged to discuss the issues raised here with your legal, tax and other advisors before determining how the issues apply to your specific situations.
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