With PPACA due to fully engage by 1/1/14, Brokers who earned their living primarily from the commissions generated from health coverage are facing a steep decline in income. It is more than time for Brokers to re-gear their skill-set so that they will continue to be a “Trusted Advisor” to their current Employer base, attract new clients, and earn a living more commensurate or better than in previous years.
Employers, Employees, and Individuals have been inundated with media about PPACA/Obamacare. Much of what they have heard or read has been politically motivated with little substance. Brokers will gain market share by providing all parties to the benefits decision-making process with valuable information based on facts - not proposals. As the timelines (http://www.healthcare.gov/
A. Shift Your Income Generation Tools
FEE FOR SERVICE: Brokers need to advise current clients and prospects that they will help sort through the most effective Employer choices under PPACA, company by company. This consulting requires your time for needs assessment, research, analysis, reports, and presentation which are no longer covered by medical insurance commissions.
B. Research and Offer Employers Tools to Help Attract and Retain Employee Talent
Look for tools that promote Employee motivation, communication, wellness programs, appreciation,
C. Integrate Your Marketing Strategies
OUTBOUND MARKETING: Referrals, Centers of Influence, Cold Calling, Mailers, etc. may represent current marketing efforts for Brokers. How many of these have a trackable ROI? It's time for Brokers to add a new marketing skill set.
INBOUND MARKETING: A well-designed Internet Inbound Marketing campaign delivers self-qualified target market prospects to the door of Brokers. Prospects ASK for your Program, Product or Service. Does it get better than that?
D. Develop Strategies and Benefit Designs for Clients that are Integrated and provide Flexible Choices
PRIVATE EXCHANGE (Marketplace):
MENU OF BENEFITS: Brokers work with the Employer and Employees to determine the best kinds of voluntary/
ENROLLMENT: Brokers ascertain the best way to educate, communicate and enroll the menu of benefits within each client's culture.
TECHNOLOGY: Brokers offer an Enrollment and Data Management solution to each client that is flexible and user-friendly to best meet each client's needs.
The time to get started is NOW! These business strategies should be in place by October 1, 2013 - this year when the State and Federal Exchanges will be operational (for Individuals and Small Groups) This will be in preparation for a January 1, 2014 Effective Date. If you are not ready, your competitors may swoop in to solve your clients' challenges in your place. It's do or die time now...are you going to step up and play the game??
This post represents an overview of a continuing series which will focus on the above Strategies and Solutions. Stay tuned!
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Post contributed by E. Maxine Collin, CEO BenefitPlace.biz / BPTradeShow.com