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What Types Of Voluntary Benefits Can I Get?

March 13, 2024by Barbara Flynn0

Voluntary benefits offered by employers can vary widely, providing a broad spectrum of financial and personal protections to meet diverse employee needs. Here’s a list of common types of voluntary benefits you might encounter:

  1. Supplemental Health Insurance: This can include various types of insurance that complement your primary health insurance, such as:
    • Critical Illness Insurance: Provides a lump sum cash benefit if you are diagnosed with a specified critical illness, such as cancer, heart attack, or stroke.
    • Accident Insurance: Offers financial protection in case of an accident by covering out-of-pocket expenses not covered by your medical insurance, such as deductibles, copayments, and non-medical costs.
    • Hospital Indemnity Insurance: Pays a fixed amount for each day you are hospitalized, helping to cover the gap left by your medical insurance for hospital stays.
  2. Dental and Vision Insurance: While some employers might offer dental and vision coverage as part of the standard benefits package, these can also be offered as voluntary benefits, providing coverage for dental work, eye exams, glasses, and contact lenses.
  3. Life Insurance: Beyond the basic life insurance your employer might provide, you can often purchase additional coverage for yourself, your spouse, or dependents. Types of life insurance offered may include term life, whole life, or universal life insurance.
  4. Disability Insurance: This includes short-term and long-term disability insurance, offering income protection if you’re unable to work due to a disabling injury or illness. Short-term disability insurance typically covers a portion of your salary for a few months, while long-term disability insurance can extend for years or even until retirement age.
  5. Legal Assistance Plans: Provide access to legal services for a variety of issues, such as estate planning, family law, traffic violations, and home buying, often for a lower cost than hiring an attorney independently.
  6. Identity Theft Protection: Offers monitoring services and assistance in case your identity is stolen, helping to recover your financial identity and reimburse you for certain costs associated with reclaiming your identity.
  7. Pet Insurance: Helps cover veterinary expenses for your pets, including emergency visits, surgeries, and sometimes even preventive care, making pet ownership more affordable.
  8. Financial Counseling Services: These services can help employees with financial planning, debt management, retirement planning, and more, providing valuable guidance to improve financial well-being.
  9. Wellness Programs: Some employers offer voluntary wellness programs that might include fitness memberships, weight loss programs, smoking cessation support, or mental health services.
  10. Education Assistance: Beyond traditional tuition reimbursement programs, some employers offer access to professional development courses, certifications, or even financial assistance for children’s education.

When choosing from these voluntary benefits, consider what makes the most sense for your life stage, financial situation, and the needs of your dependents. It’s also a good idea to review these benefits annually, as your needs may change over time.

Barbara Flynn

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