Health Insurance reimbursement
December 14, 2009 10:34 AM Subscribe
What examples can I cite to convince my employer to continue reimbursing my 3rd party health care?
posted by slagerst to Work & Money (4 answers total)
I’ve been employed for 6 years at a 12-person NYC non-profit (FWIW, 3rd longest in tenure). For the first 5 years, I had the company insurance policy, paid in full by the company. After I married, I switched insurance to my spouse’s policy, which we paid 100% (via pretax deduction from her salary paychecks). My company reimbursed me the added costs we incurred from my wife’s employer, up to the amount they would have paid had I been on their insurance.
Now, in conjunction with a merit-based salary raise, they want to stop reimbursing. I am free to rejoin the original company insurance, which I would do, meaning there is no cash savings to my company. As far as I’ve been told, it is simply a move to keep the books cleaner and more simple.
My problem is that I now have to cancel and re-instate insurance policies, and inform all my doctors, etc. Plus, the advantage of being on my spouse’s policy was (slightly) better benefits, and the simplicity of having 1 family policy for the 2 (sooner or later 3) of us.
What examples can I cite or arguments can I make to convince my employer to continue this cash-neutral situation my way? Are there companies that document their flexibility with compensation packages (salary, health ins., other)? Am I crazy for wanting this setup? "People say" that non-profits cannot offer salaries that are competitive to the private sector, but the allure is (in addition to doing good) they can offer greater flexibility to employees to keep good talent.