Nonprofit 411: Health Connector Offers Nonprofits Choices and Savings

By David Kerrigan, Director of Business Development, Health ConnectorDavidKerrigan

The Massachusetts Health Connector now has almost 100 high-quality, affordable health plan available for small businesses from the state’s leading health insurance carriers.

Through the Health Connector’s Business Express program, businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible to shop online and view plans in an easy-to-understand,side-by-side format. To get a price quote, brokers and business owners just enter some basic data about their workforce and an array of plans and premiums will display within seconds. Every plan has been awarded the Massachusetts Health Connector Seal of Approval. There are no membership or monthly fees required.

Participating health insurance carriers include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, CeltiCare Health Plan, Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health New England, Neighborhood Health Plan, Tufts Health Plan, and new entrant Network Health.

The Health Connector’s product portfolio provides brokers and business owners with more choices than ever before and features a variety of benefits and provider networks from which to choose. In addition, the Health Connector offers a free wellness program, Wellness Track, to small businesses with up to 25 covered employees. Small businesses who participate in Wellness Track may qualify for a wellness rebate of up to 15% on their group’s premium contribution for coverage purchased through the Health Connector. Wellness Track’s online portal provides small businesses and their employees with a suite of tools, such as exercise and nutrition trackers and interactive toolkits focused on several key areas of health and wellness, to promote a healthier work environment and increase productivity.

Moreover, small businesses with fewer than 25 employees earning average annual wages below $50,000 may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to 35% when they purchase health insurance. Combined with savings of up to 15% through Wellness Track, the Health Connector makes shopping for health insurance easy and affordable.

For more information, contact the Health Connector’s Director of Business Development David Kerrigan at 617.933.3040 or David.J.Kerrigan@state.ma.us or contact your broker.