Health and Welfare Plans: Plan Types and Administration
Master the fundamentals of selecting and managing employee health and welfare plans for your organization.

Selecting the right health care plan for your employees — and managing it well — is one of the most critical skills that today’s HR and benefits professionals must master. Make these key decisions with confidence by learning the fundamentals of health and welfare plan administration.

This course covers the entire array of health and welfare plans — from conventional fee-for-service options to the full suite of managed care plans, including health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and point of service (POS) options. You’ll dive into the fundamentals of each and learn how to manage them in your organization.

You’ll also learn how effective benefits administration can help improve employee experiences, guide consumers through health care decisions, and deliver a competitive advantage when attracting and retaining top talent.

What You Will Learn 

  • See the various types of health and welfare benefits.
  • Learn the different types of medical plans and the characteristics of each.
  • Hear about optional health care benefits and how they can support employees.
  • Learn how consumerism and offering benefits choices can influence employee outcomes.
  • Learn the different types of welfare plans, their provisions, and how these benefits function in a total rewards package.
  • Hear about pay-for-time-not-worked programs and common issues associated with them.
  • Learn the components of health, welfare and other programs in benefits administration.

Who Will Benefit from This Course? 

This course is ideal for U.S. HR professionals and those looking to broaden their knowledge in the benefits field.

Course Credits

WorldatWork Certification: 

WorldatWork Recertification: 

  • Course — 2 credits
  • Exam — 0.5 credits


  • Course — 1.6 credits
  • Exam — 0.9 credits

    HRCI Recertification: 

    • Course — 16 classroom hours 

    SHRM Recertification: 

    • Course — 16 classroom hours

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