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Why Should I Select Voluntary Benefits?

March 6, 2024by Barbara Flynn0

Selecting voluntary benefits can be an important aspect of your overall benefits package for several reasons. These benefits, which are typically offered by employers but paid partially or entirely by employees through payroll deductions, can enhance your financial security and well-being. Here are several reasons why you might consider selecting voluntary benefits:

  1. Personalized Coverage: Voluntary benefits allow you to tailor your benefits package to your specific needs and circumstances. Since everyone’s situation is different, having the option to choose what works best for you—whether it’s additional health insurance, life insurance, disability coverage, or something else—can be very valuable.
  2. Cost Savings: Often, the group rates available through employer-sponsored voluntary benefits are more favorable than what you might find on the open market. This is because the risk is spread over a larger group of people, potentially lowering the cost for each participant.
  3. Convenience: Paying for these benefits through payroll deductions is straightforward and convenient. It eliminates the need to remember to make monthly payments, and because the deductions are typically made with pre-tax dollars, it can lower your taxable income.
  4. Financial Protection: Voluntary benefits can provide an additional layer of financial protection in the event of unexpected circumstances, such as a serious illness, accident, or death. For example, critical illness insurance can help cover expenses not covered by your standard health insurance, and disability insurance can help replace a portion of your income if you’re unable to work due to a disability.
  5. Access to Coverage: For some individuals, especially those with pre-existing conditions, getting certain types of insurance coverage on the individual market can be challenging and expensive. Employer-sponsored plans might offer a more straightforward path to obtaining coverage.
  6. Enhanced Employee Well-being: Employers who offer a comprehensive suite of voluntary benefits demonstrate a commitment to their employees’ well-being, which can lead to increased job satisfaction and morale. For employees, having access to these benefits can lead to peace of mind and a sense of security.
  7. Support in Life Transitions: Life changes, such as getting married, having children, or facing health challenges, can alter your insurance needs. Voluntary benefits offer the flexibility to adjust your coverage as your life evolves.

When considering voluntary benefits, it’s important to assess your current and future needs, understand the terms and costs associated with each option, and consider how each benefit fits into your overall financial plan. Remember, the best choices depend on your unique situation and the value you place on each type of coverage.

Barbara Flynn

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