Leading the Way to Innovative Employee Benefit Management
You’re sitting in the doctor’s office, listening to him describe some minor procedure you need. But instead of focusing on those important details, all you can think about is “How much is this going to cost me?” Turns out, there’s an app for that!
Alliant Employee Benefits offers its clients the Ben-IQ smartphone app. It’s more than just a digital version of your employee benefits handbook. According to Executive VP Bob Bennetsen, it’s also a price transparency tool.
Log in, enter the type of procedure and your ZIP code. The app will give you a breakdown of every facility in the area that performs the procedure and what the cost is at each of them. In a matter of seconds, you not only know what your out-of-pocket expenses will be, but you also have all the information you need to work with your doctor to choose the best site of service for your budget.
“The Ben-IQ app also aggregates all your benefits information in one location. Even if you have one company for health insurance, another for dental, another for vision and yet another for disability, everything you need to know is available in this one spot,” says Bennetsen. “We created this app with the goal to empower our clients with state-of-the-art access to everything they need.”
Big-Time Benefits for Medium-Sized Employers
Alliant Employee Benefits is a big player in its field. Established in 1925, it has offices nationwide. But its typical client is a middle-market company with 100 to 5,000 employees. “This market is largely ignored when it comes to innovative benefits strategies,” says Bennetsen. “Our size and resources allow us to offer mid-size companies comprehensive benefits strategies that are on par with what you’d find at large corporations.”
Alliant also offers a best-of-both-worlds approach. While it is a large firm with a deep understanding of the benefits market as a whole, it also operates through a network of smaller, local offices. “This gives us the ability to understand the factors unique to each local market,” says Bennetsen, “and the knowledge and resources to know how to best work around them.”
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