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#1629577 - 11/17/11 03:17 PM What would you do...?
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I'm making mediocre salary (below average) and the best part is, the cost to keep the insurance benefits has skyrocketed (Close to $1,000 per month for family coverage health/dental/vision)... I am paying more than twice in comparison to my peers and colleagues at other banks. I'm starting to wonder how many of you banking folks out there would consider looking elsewhere based on the ridiculously expensive insurace premium.

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#1629578 - 11/17/11 03:19 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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Just to add, the insurance takes out roughly 25% of my paycheck..

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#1629582 - 11/17/11 03:24 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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that is a crazy amount to pay for insurance. You might as well take out your own policy for that price. Have you asked your employer why the insurance is so high, how much the employer covers, etc.?

Has your employer tried to shop the coverage? That is very high, over market.

If they have no good answers, and you can find another opportunity, even at same salary, a more nominal insurance cost would create a big raise.

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#1629596 - 11/17/11 03:33 PM Re: What would you do...? straw
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Most of the banks in my area pay 2/3 of the cost and employees foot 1/3. If that were to suddegenly change to where I'm paying all, yes, I would consider changing for that, or shopping my own. At $1,000 a month, it sounds like the bank is no longer paying a portion, you are paying it all.

Agree with Straw that your HR department is the first place to go and ask why. Although they should have provided you notice prior to your enrollment period detailing cost, changes, etc.
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#1629608 - 11/17/11 03:39 PM Re: What would you do...? HappyGilmore
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Frankly, that's the cost even with a 2/3 contribution from my employer..

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#1629625 - 11/17/11 03:48 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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Just take into account the fact that insurance is a part of overall compensation. Sure you could look elsewhere(new job) but how do your peers salaries' compare to yours?

Would you take a cut in pay, just to have cheaper insurance? And what about the quality of insurance - do you have awesome coverage whereas your peers have to travel to Tijuana to have a procedure done?

Just some things to consider
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#1629671 - 11/17/11 04:34 PM Re: What would you do...? doobydoobydoo
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Are you in a position to switch over to a spouse's insurance plan?
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#1629779 - 11/17/11 06:11 PM Re: What would you do...? E.E.G.B
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Unfortunaly, No. I am the only insurance holder in my household.

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#1629895 - 11/17/11 08:10 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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Check out private insurance options before you change jobs, unless you have other reasons for moving or another opportunity available. There are many ways to reduce the cost. Your employer may be providing a cadillac plan, which would explain the high deductibles compared to other banks. If you don't want to pay for that, there are many less expensive (though not inexpensive) individual insurance options, including high deductible health plans with an HSA. Often you can cover the deductible with the savings on the monthly premium, and then some.

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#1629926 - 11/17/11 08:49 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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I am currently looking for that reason and low salary reason, currently. I feel your pain.

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#1630702 - 11/20/11 02:37 AM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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Soo glad Im a single male with no family to have on my insurance. Makes it a lot cheaper!

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#1630704 - 11/20/11 11:58 AM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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Unless the bank's portion of the premium now ends up on your W2 (my last experience with employer-paid benefits was in 1997), you would get a double benefit from changing employers with a salary cut to get a cheaper insurance premium. By switching some of your compensation from taxable income to benefits, your income taxes, (state and federal) will go down.
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#1632832 - 11/29/11 12:20 AM Re: What would you do...? Richard Insley
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Just curious what some of you are paying for insurance for your family? Can you post it here so we can get an idea of how much others in the banking industry have to pay for their families. At my bank I have to pay $865.00 for medical, dental & vision for husband & children. Curious what others pay for that. Thanks!

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#1632854 - 11/29/11 01:04 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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Family (3 or more people):
Health - 329.10 or 302.70 depending on the plan chosen
Dental - 43.35
Vision - 28.05
This is the monthly cost

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#1632961 - 11/29/11 03:55 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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EPO Plan-
$32.60 employee (every 2 wks)

$102.28 Domestic Partner Dual (every 2 wks) $69.68 of that is after tax because it is a "domestic partner"

$166.06 Domestic Partner Family (every 2 wks) $69.68 of that is after tax because it is a "domestic partner"

$166.06 Employee + Family (every 2 wks)

Dental
$4.78 employee (every 2wks)
$29.27 family (every 2 wks)

Vision
$2.84 employee (every 2 wks)
$6.10 family (every 2 wks)

These are our prices for 2012. Our HR department assured us that it is getting a lot more difficult to find reasonable pricing to maintain the cost for the employees and the bank. We are coming off of two years on a high dedutible plan, which the bank thought would be better for their costs but turned out that we had a lot of claims the last two years so we are backk to a standard EPO with co pays.

$30 copay for doctor
$50 copay for specialist
$100 copay for outpatient surgery
$500 copay for inpatient surgery (employer reimburses 50% back to employee)
$100 copay ER
$40 copay Urgent Care
Percriptions: $10/$30/$50
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#1632965 - 11/29/11 04:03 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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I'm paying $875/month to keep my family coverage.

Medical 719 to 786 (Depending on the plan)
Dental 138 (Annual deductible)
Vision 18

Am I paying too much???

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#1632985 - 11/29/11 04:28 PM Re: What would you do...? J2C
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Wow.....that's very reasonable compared to what we pay!
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#1633062 - 11/29/11 05:58 PM Re: What would you do...? BowlingQueen
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Originally Posted By: BowlingQueen
Wow.....that's very reasonable compared to what we pay!


Believe me....we expected far worse and I think our HR department did as well when the talks first started. They actually told us to be prepared to see at least a 30% increase. We have an agency that wheels and deals on our behalf so I guess they've done good this year in comparison to what others are saying. On the same token, the last two years weren't too pleasant on the high deductible plans for us-- there was a lot of confusion, a lot of bills, a lot of money. When the pharmacy calls you and says um..."your perscription is $430 (maintenance meds) and your insurance isn't covering it" it hits your pocket book HARD.
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#1633066 - 11/29/11 06:02 PM Re: What would you do...? Anonymous
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Originally Posted By: Anonymous
I'm paying $875/month to keep my family coverage.

Medical 719 to 786 (Depending on the plan)
Dental 138 (Annual deductible)
Vision 18

Am I paying too much???


In comparison to my employer, I'd say so....

....I have great benefits but that's about it. The grass may be greener in the benefit world but not in the banking world for me. frown
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#1633211 - 11/29/11 08:31 PM Re: What would you do...? J2C
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I pay about $520/month for health and dental for my wife and myself. We have no vision. My employer pays around $500/month for me.

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