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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
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