Navigation Links
U.S. Employers Adding Medical Travel Benefits at an Increased Rate in Response to Rising Healthcare Costs
Date:12/6/2013

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) December 06, 2013

Many employer sponsored healthcare plans in the U.S. – especially an estimated 50% of small business plans – do not meet the standards set by the Affordable Care Act. In many cases, the Affordable Care Act means increasing benefit levels and benefit costs, where employers are facing higher premiums for plans that comply with the new mandated benefits. With the cancellation of 5 million or so individual insurance policies and the employer mandate being delayed until January 2015, employers are bracing for a second wave of terminations starting in October 2014.

More employers are responding to the challenges of current healthcare reform by turning to medical travel benefits like SmartChoice, which can reduce healthcare costs when incorporated with a well-designed benefit plan. Not limited by the same restrictions as traditional benefits, medical travel benefits can be added to existing plans without regulatory or accounting issues at any time during the year, without impacting an employer’s cafeteria plan. SmartChoice is the fully-administered benefit offered by SmartCare Worldwide, meaning employers suffer no additional risk or pressure on their administrative or customer service departments after implementation.

SmartCare Worldwide attended a series of recent U.S. employer health fairs to educate employers and employees about SmartChoice. Dr. Joanne Huntington, an on-staff medical director for SmartCare Worldwide, collected data about the type of information employees are searching for and how medical travel is being perceived as a viable solution to increasing healthcare costs. Dr. Huntington commented on her findings in a recent interview:

“The response has been enthusiastic. Not surprisingly, we found that many employees are knowledgeable and have done their own research on medical travel. We can report that in most cases, employees are looking for information about the specifics of the day-to-day medical travel process, and information about the quality and convenience of healthcare in Costa Rica. The major area of interest in terms of medical travel procedures remains in major dental work, orthopedic, cosmetic and bariatric surgeries.”

Dr. Huntington continued, “With SmartChoice, employees can access important medical and dental services while recovering in a tropical vacation destination. With our team’s 30 years of experience designing and administrating employee benefit plans, our start-to-finish medical travel facilitation and an on-staff Medical Director as our first point of contact, employers who were once apprehensive about adding medical travel benefits to their healthcare plans can move forward with confidence in what we’re providing.”

About SmartCare Worldwide

SmartCare Worldwide is an innovative medical travel firm with corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas. As medical travel facilitators, SmartCare provides a wide range of flexible medical travel benefits and services for individuals and companies of all sizes, including global enterprises. Our experienced consultants work closely with clients to design and administer the most cost-effective, adaptable medical travel benefits solutions. We provide full implementation and administration of our medical travel benefit product for U.S. employers, SmartChoice, and are committed to providing exemplary, ongoing responsiveness that assures measurable, long-term value in each client relationship.

Corporate contact: Rick Huntington, Principal, SmartCare Worldwide, 855.762.8227

Media contact: Victoria Marasco, V2G Interactive, 512.306.1988

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11374528.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Product Brings Innovative Accountable Care Model to Employers
2. New Private, National Health Insurance Exchange Targets Small Group Employers
3. United Benefit Advisors Launches Private Exchange Marketplace for Large Group Employers
4. Employers Give Chances at Million Dollar Jackpot for Wellness Jackpot Participation
5. Zane Benefits Publishes New Information on Employers of Choice
6. Getting Ready for Health Care Reform: United Benefit Advisors Offers Employers Tools to Prepare
7. Miami VA Thanks Local Employers for Supporting Veteran Employment
8. myCNAjobs Launches Caregiver Check-in, Arming Employers with Real Time Caregiver Workforce
9. SecondOpinions.com, Featuring a State-of-the-Art Teleradiology and Telemedicine Platform, Introduces Membership Programs for Patients, Employers and Medical Facilities
10. myCNAjobs Launches Caregiver Job Badges, Arming Employers with Powerful Tools to Hire Caregivers, HHAs & CNAs More Effectively
11. Forward Progress TV to Present a Series on the Healthiest Employers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/25/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... SureVest Insurance Group, ... to communities across North Carolina, is launching a charity event in conjunction with ... for the ongoing fight against bladder cancer. , The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 25, 2017 , ... ... Health, as medical director. Dr. Negrette has more than a decade of experience ... has worked closely with individuals fighting addictions, eating disorders, psychotic and manic conditions, ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... , ... Engineers at the University of Maryland have invented an entirely new ... energy that the body uses. , In ordinary batteries the electrical energy, or ... of the battery is generated by moving positive ions from one end to the ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Cosmetic Town, an online plastic surgery information community, announces a ... a daily basis. , The new video series will feature board-certified doctors explaining ... practices. , When asked about the new video series, the senior editor of ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... ... scholarship awards to be awarded annually to and divided between two full-time university ... bringing awareness to Amazonian plant medicine. To apply for the scholarship, students are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/15/2017)... Enterin Inc., a Philadelphia -based ... today announced the completion of a $12.7 million Series A ... as well as the participation of existing investors. ... the support of New Ventures III and our current investors, ... the potential of our platform technology to transform the course ...
(Date:7/14/2017)... 13, 2017 It should come as no surprise ... is in the midst of a crippling opioid epidemic. According ... the number of overdose deaths from opiate-based medications has quadrupled, ... a million dead from 2001 to 2015". During this time, ... has similarly quadrupled, drawing a compelling link between prescription and ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... -- RK Logistics Group, Inc. was awarded California ... Fremont, CA headquarters facility where it provides ... San Jose for hi-tech, pharmaceutical and biomedical ... with its Fremont Innovation District, is excited to strategically partner ... to the hundreds of biotech, pharma and biomed companies throughout ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: