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Should Your Small Business Offer Dental and Vision Insurance to Employees?

If you run a small business, should you offer vision and dental insurance to your employees? Learn about what factors to consider when making your decision.

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Jun 25, 20243 minutes
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Justworks is a technology company that levels the playing field for all small businesses. Through our software and as a partner, we help our customers take care of their teams, streamline their operations, and navigate the complex aspects of managing a workforce with confidence.

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Providing access to health insurance as part of an employee’s benefits package has become pretty standard practice among employers (especially with rules mandated by the Affordable Care Act), but dental and vision insurance don’t get quite the same treatment.

As an employer, there’s no federal law that says you must offer dental and vision insurance to your employees–but should you?

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The importance of dental and vision care to overall health is often misunderstood, and there’s pretty good evidence that the long-term benefits to employee well-being might outweigh the short-term impact on your company’s budget. Finding the right answer for your company is a little more complicated than simply plugging some numbers into a spreadsheet, but here are a few things to consider when making the decision.

Short-Term Cost of Dental & Vision Benefits

In theory, it’s probably safe to assume every employer wants to do right by their employees and offer high-quality insurance options. But in reality, it just might not be possible for the company’s bottom-line. Dental and vision insurance–while generally less expensive than medical insurance–aren’t free. Every business is different, and ultimately only you can run the numbers and decide what’s financially feasible for your company. That said, there are some ways to make these benefits more affordable.

Having dental insurance allows your employees access to important preventative care.

Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) like Justworks PEO allow small businesses to band together to provide access to medical, dental, and vision insurance at more affordable rates. Your buying power with 10 employees alone is a lot weaker compared to your buying power if you’re in a pool with 50 other businesses your size. With a PEO, you can take advantage of that collective buying power and potentially keep costs down.

Long-Term Savings

Having dental insurance allows your employees access to important preventative care that can lead to tangible savings in the long-run. Oral health and overall health are intrinsically linked. People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, and people with gum disease can also be more prone to heart disease, for example.

Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can all be identified during a routine eye exam, and research has shown that catching these conditions early can lead to significant savings on health insurance costs down the line.

Employee Well-Being

Although medical, dental, and vision insurance are treated as separate entities, ultimately, they’re all part of treating the same person’s body.

If one of your employees is suffering from a toothache but won’t go to the dentist because they don’t have insurance, there’s a chance their productivity will take a hit. They might call in sick more often, be distracted by the pain when they’re in the office, or potentially have to take a significant period of time off if the untreated tooth turns into something more serious.

The stress of not having access to dental or vision insurance for themselves and/or their families can have a negative impact on your employees’ mental health as well. When deciding whether or not to offer these benefits, it’s important to look at the big picture and see employee health and wellness from a holistic standpoint.

Related Article: The Importance of Effective Employee Benefits Communication

Recruitment and Retention

If you think that providing free snacks or installing a ping-pong table is enough to entice prospective employees and boost recruitment and retention, you might want to reevaluate.

More and more, job seekers are expecting a quality benefits package to pair with their job offer. Justworks conducted an original study to better understand what kinds of benefits employees want most. Of employees polled, 88% said the quality and options of health benefits were important to them. However, only 41% of employers surveyed offer health insurance as part of their benefits package. Recently, NFIB research found that the number of small businesses offering health insurance to their employees has grown to 56%, but there is still a large gap compared to large companies (89% of which offer health insurance).

Partnering with Justworks to Offer Employee Benefits

If you’re looking for a way to stand out from the competition and attract high-quality talent that will stay with your company for years to come, offering dental and vision insurance might be well worth the investment.

Justworks helps small- and medium-sized businesses attain access to enterprise-level benefits for their teams. Ready to let Justworks help you navigate the complex world of dental and vision health insurance? Reach out to us today and get started.

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.
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