Health insurance is essential to employees, with 49% of Americans receiving their health insurance from their employer. Company-sponsored insurance plans give people across the country peace of mind and access to affordable healthcare.
While health insurance is a given at some companies, you might be unsure whether your employer covers pet health insurance. Some companies across the US do provide pet insurance — Society for Human Resource Management estimates around 15% of US companies offer their employers pet health insurance.
With a growing number of companies providing insurance for their employees' fur-babies, it's worth knowing how to find out if your work covers pet health insurance. Here's the lowdown.
You might be wondering why your employer is suddenly offering pet health insurance for employees and how it benefits the company. One possible reason for an increased interest in pet insurance is due to an increasing acceptance of pets in the workplace.
For example, the Society for Human Resource Management states that there was an 11% rise in pets at work in 2019. This increased pet presence at work may have brought the subject of pet health insurance to the higher-ups in a company, possibly contributing to an increase in pet health insurance.
There are plenty of benefits companies see from pet health insurance too. Offering pet health insurance will help employees focus, as they won't have to worry about paying expensive vet bills and will know their fur-baby is getting top-notch care.
Another benefit of company-sponsored pet health insurance is it shows employees the business cares, which in turn will increase morale, productivity, and company loyalty. Offering pet health insurance also sets a company apart as an innovative industry leader, attracting top talent.
So how do you find out if your work offers pet health insurance? The easiest way to find out is to talk to human resources. Almost all companies have a human resources department. HR would be able to tell you how to apply and what you'll need to do to get pet health insurance for Fido.
If your company doesn't have human resources or you're unsure how to contact them, you'd be best off explaining the situation to your boss, who can point you in the right direction.
There's a high chance your employer doesn't offer pet health insurance. If this is the case, as it is with 85% of US companies, you can always try to convince your boss to start offering pet health insurance.
Make the point that offering pet health insurance is a growing trend amongst the most successful companies, with 1 in 3 Fortune 500 companies now providing pet insurance.
You can also explain that affording employees pet insurance is surprisingly inexpensive. Some pet insurance premiums cost as little as $20 per month.
Claims also require very little payout from the company, with employees paying for initial services before getting reimbursed by the policy. Providing pet insurance also adds more value to employees who don't have children.
Making the argument that pet insurance is inexpensive and that the benefits to morale, loyalty, and productivity outweigh the cost may help convince your boss that company-sponsored pet insurance is a worthwhile venture. We can't guarantee you'll be able to convince your company, but it's worth trying to get the best care possible for your furry friend!