A group is defined as at least 2 people, at least one of whom is paid on a W-2 basis and who is not related by marriage to any owner of the business. Partner-only businesses are no longer eligible for group plans under the Affordable Care Act.
Generally you need to provide documentation of the legitimacy of your business and sufficient payroll history to show you've been around at least a short while. The types of documents usually include a business license, proof that you are registered with the California Secretary of State's office, a Statement of Information listing business owners and address, and any DBA (Doing Business As) paperwork if applicable.
In some instances, a group plan will not consider an individual or family plan a qualifying reason to waive coverage. We can help you sort out the factors in play and find the right solution.
Except in one particular circumstance, you cannot. This is specifically prohibited under the ACA and carries stiff tax penalties of up to $36,500 per year per employee if you are shown to be reimbursing for open market plans.
If you are a small group between 1-50 employees, you are not required to put a plan in place. However, the plan options available for groups are substantially more comprehensive than those available on the individual and family market.
Not all doctors contract with all plans, it's best to use these provider links and to double check with your doctor before scheduling any visits.
Nothing. A broker's services are always free to the consumer. We are paid by the insurance vendors, and it is a large part of our job to service your account and help resolve any issues that may arise.
It varies depending on the plan. Similar to your insurance, a deductible is the amount you pay in full up front before the insurance company steps in and pays the lion's share of the costs. However, there are some services that you pay for on a strict copayment structure that you do not need to meet the deductible for. These include almost all basic medical visits.