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Course

Health and Welfare Plans: Strategic Planning and Design (B3A)

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Learn Advanced Benefits Design Strategies to Align HR with Organizational Goals

Of all the benefits and perks employers consider and evaluate, health and welfare programs outpace others in terms of cost to the employer, value to employees and complexity to deliver.   How can HR professionals create and maintain competitive health benefits programs that support escalating employee/family health needs while managing costs in a way that is appropriate for the business? This course dives into what’s needed to develop a multi-year health and welfare benefits strategy that establishes plan priorities and provides a framework for traditional management techniques, such as eligibility, plan design and cost sharing.  You will learn how to connect your core benefits philosophy with a long-term health plan management strategy with the goal to effectively control health plan costs while increasing employee appreciation and health. 

Course objectives:

  • Describe how to strategically assess benefits plan design and the strategies that typically play a role.
  • Outline the key activities performed while conducting a gap analysis.
  • Outline the methods used and considerations taken when selecting and designing health and welfare benefits plans.
  • Explain the pricing process in determining costs within health and welfare benefits plans.
  • Examine the funding methods available for health and welfare insurance plans.
  • Describe the process of obtaining management approval for the implementation of new or proposed benefits programs.


This course contains U.S.-specific content. It is designed for mid-level benefits practitioners or individuals seeking to expand their understanding and practical knowledge of the benefits design process.

Course Outline

MODULE 1
Strategic Assessment

  • Strategies Within an Organization
  • Benefits Assessment and Planning
  • Benefits Strategy Goals
  • Internal Factors Influencing Benefits Strategy
  • External Factors Influencing Benefits Strategy
  • Case Study – Part 1
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 2
Conducting a Gap Analysis

  • Gap Analysis
  • Determining the Current State
  • Determining the Desired State
  • Case Study – Part 2
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 3
Selecting and Designing Health and Welfare Benefits Plans

  • Bridging the Gap
  • Scope and Types of Benefits Choices
  • Common Plan Considerations
  • Case Study – Part 3
  • Merger and Acquisition Considerations
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 4
Costs Within Health and Welfare Benefits Plans

  • Financial Parameters
  • Pricing Process
  • The Approach to Benefits Subsidies
  • Controlling Medical Plan Costs
  • Evaluating the Durability of Proposed Pricing System
  • Case Study – Part 4
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 5
Funding of Health and Welfare Insurance Plans

  • Funding Methods
  • Methods of Handling Risk
  • Continuum of Risk
  • Insured Approaches
  • Self-Insurance
  • Case Study – Part 5
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 6
Management Approval and Implementation

  • Senior Management Review
  • Creating the Business Case
  • Presenting the Business Case
  • Gap Analysis Shows Results and Opportunities
  • Implementing the New Plan
  • Administration Considerations
  • Case Study – Part 6
  • Module Quiz


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Phone
877-951-9191 (United States and Canada)
+1 480-951-9191 (other countries)

Monday-Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST

Email
Email our Customer Experience Team: customerexperience@worldatwork.org

Course Credits & Certifications

RECERTIFICATION
Course: 2.0 credits
Exam: 0.5 credits
CEUs
Course: 1.5 credits
Exam: 0.3 credits
HRCI RECERTIFICATION
16.0 classroom hours
SHRM RECERTIFICATION
16 classroom hours
This exam is required for the following certifications:

Who Should Register

This course contains U.S.-specific content. It is designed for mid-level benefits practitioners or individuals seeking to expand their understanding and practical knowledge of the benefits design process. It is recommended that participants are proficient with the content presented in Health and Welfare Plans — Plan Types and Administration (B3). 

 

How to Register

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Call 877-951-9191 (United States and Canada) or +1480-951-9191 (other countries) for Customer Experience Team.

Email customerexperience@worldatwork.org.

Fax Registration Form to 866-816-2962 (United States and Canada) or +1 480-483-8352 (other countries).