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How & Why Brokers Partner with Defined Contribution Providers

June 5, 2014
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Now more than ever, small groups are dropping group health insurance and turning to their health insurance brokers for alternatives such as individual health insurance and Defined Contribution. As such, health insurance brokers and agents are partnering with Defined Contribution Providers to retain small group clients during this benefits shift. 11220931254_69f7be6181_b

Why Brokers Partner with Defined Contribution Providers

For health insurance brokers and agents, a Defined Contribution Solution offers a tool to increase individual health insurance policy sales and retain clients who are dropping group health insurance.

The rules and regulations governing "Pure" Defined Contribution Health Plans can be complicated - especially now, with new health reform regulations. A Defined Contribution partner helps health insurance brokers focus on their main business - health insurance! 

Integration of the insurance broker's sales tools, customized marketing materials, white labeling, and unlimited sales assistance are key components to a successful Defined Contribution Provider partnership. See: Defined Contribution Administration - 14 Features To Expect From Your Provider.

The Defined Contribution Provider's role is to:

  • Qualify the prospect for a Defined Contribution Solution

  • Set up the reimbursement plan and help the client implement the solution

  • Ensure compliance with federal regulations and health reform

  • Be the third-party claims processor for the client

You, the client's broker or agent:

  • Are the expert on health insurance

  • Help existing and new employees purchase health insurance

  • Retain all insurance sale commissions

How Partnering with a Defined Contribution Provider Can Help Health Insurance Brokers

Partnering with a Defined Contribution Provider can solve the following challenges for group and individual health insurance brokers:

  1. Losing group health insurance clients due to cost or participation requirements 

  2. Needing more time to focus on your insurance business

  3. Needing solutions and tax-savings for clients not offering health benefits

  4. Wanting to sell more individual health insurance

  5. Losing revenue due to high deductible health plans and health care reform

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