Sole Proprietor Plans
Sole proprietor health plans are dead thanks to The Affordable Care Act (ACA). But, we do have some creative health plan options.
Finding self-employed health insurance nowadays is not an easy task. Not too long ago, if you were self employed or a sole proprietor, you could qualify for a very robust sole proprietor plan from any major insurance company.
But those days are long gone. However, if you are looking for a sole proprietor health plan,there are still a few options that are available.
New York Sole Proprietor Health Insurance Options
Option # 1: Employer Association Health Plans
Association plans are basically group health plans provided by an organization of like minded people who want access to quality health insurance coverage.
The Association uses the power of its group buying (over 80,000 members) to offer benefits that previously were not available to the self-employed and at rates that are substantially lower than those plans purchased on an individual basis.
These plans are becoming extremely popular with sole proprietors because it allows you to purchase a health plan at a discount and have access to a plan only available to large corporations.
Association plans are available to sole proprietors, 1099 employees and independent contractors. You have access to 16 PPO, EPO and HMO health plans from providers such as Anthem Blue Cross, HIP/Emblem and Cigna.
These plans meet the requirements of Essential Health Benefits (EHB) as required by The Affordable Care Act (ACA).
An annual membership fee is required to join the employer associations and they reserve the right to set their own underwriting guidelines – which means you could be denied coverage if you are being treated for a serious health condition. For example: cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
Association Health Plan Highlights:
- Brand Name Insurance Companies
- National Health insurance Networks
- In and Out of Network Coverage
- Annual Rate Lock
- Cancel Anytime
- Plans are Designed for The Sole Proprietor
Call 914-633-1717 or complete the green request form for your free enrollment kit.
Option # 2: Qualify for Small Group Health Insurance – Hire a Friend or Family Member – But not your wife!
You can hire a family member (son, daughter, nephew or etc.) or a friend and pay them part-time minimum wage (must be 20 hours) to help you qualify for group health insurance plans. You can go here to view pricing for group health plans.
* You will have several choices of health insurance coverage
* You can easily add new employees to your group plan as your company grows
* You will have more paperwork
* You will have to file payroll tax and and quarterly wage reports
Option # 3: Qualify For a Group Health Plan by Giving a Share Away
Once upon a time, a small business owner without any employees could simply put their spouse on payroll, pay him or her minimum wage for 20 hours a week and qualify for a group plan.
But the Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed all that and now in order for a sole proprietor to qualify for a small business plan, it would have to have one common-law employee, excluding the owner and spouse.
Just like that, the rules changed leaving small “mom and pop” businesses without coverage. Many small business owners lost their coverage and were forced to go to the individual marketplace.
But there is some good news; A new way for the Sole Proprietor to qualify for a group health plan – The “Give a Share” Program.
Here is how the “Give a Share” Program works:
The “give a share” program is a “loophole” in the insurance industry’s certification process and could be shut down at any time.
However, by simply giving a share of your company to a friend or family member; Mother, Father, Sister, Brother and so on (but not your wife!) it creates 2 shareholders which are eligible and now qualify as a group.
One shareholder enrolls in the health plan and the other shareholder waives coverage. This gives you access to health plan options from some of the top insurance companies in the marketplace.
Pros of “The Give a Share” Program:
1. Can be completed by your CPA or attorney with a simple form
2. Gives you access to a group health plan
3. No payroll tax to pay. No quarterly wage reports
1. Must file a schedule K-1 with tax return
2. Your friend or family member owns a percentage of your business
3. The friend or family member is now your partner
Check with your CPA or attorney if this program is right for your business.
For more information on this perfectly legal method and how it can work for your small business, call our office at: 914-633-1717. But you better hurry, the insurance companies might close this loophole too.
Option # 4: Buy an Individual Insurance Policy
You can purchase a Individual Health Plan for yourself and or your family. We represent private insurance plans from the top insurance carriers: Oscar and MVP (upstate only).
These are private insurance plans and not Obamacare plans which many of the doctors and specialists are not accepting in the tri-state area.
For more information about any of these options or if you have any questions, feel free to contact our friendly staff at: 800-234-3702