Christian Misa, BFA, Partner

Solutions

From Consulting and Alternative Funding to Enrollment and Claim Support

Benefits Consulting

Your priority should be managing your business. Our focus is simplifying the complexities of employee benefits for you. A partnership with Directional Benefits a Division of Directional Wealth Mgmt. means you can easily achieve your benefit objectives without negatively impacting the growth and success of your business.

Focusing on a full spectrum of consulting services, our expertise includes benefit and renewal planning, carrier rate negotiations, compliance assistance, employee communication and cutting edge benefit administration technology, all designed to maximize the competitiveness and value of your employee benefit package.

Benefits Consulting

Large Employee Solutions

Large group employers require consultants to think “outside the box” when designing an employee benefit package. The same package that works for one company will not be the correct fit for another firm. Tailoring a benefit strategy to fit each unique client is our specialty. Utilizing innovative and cost-efficient benefit solutions, combined with the proper funding method, benefit administration technology, compliance resources and carrier relationships, we can design a comprehensive program designed specifically around your needs and those of your employees.

Large Employee Solutions

Alternative Funding

Today, there are a multitude of different funding strategies available to groups of virtually all sizes. With our knowledge and expertise, we can work with you to discover if an alternative funding model can benefit the unique demographics and utilization of your workforce. Properly fitted, one of these alternative funding solutions could help you generate substantial cost savings and greater transparency without sacrificing the level of benefits you offer your employees.

Alternative Funding

Small Business Employee Benefits

For a small business, shopping for group health insurance is more difficult now than ever. The Affordable Care Act has introduced an array of benefit and pricing variables that make it difficult to find the right plan for you and your employees at a price you can afford. Add to that the host of new compliance regulations, tax-related products and guidelines, wellness programs and funding methods and, well, managing benefits can be a full-time job! At Directional Benefits a Division of Directional Wealth Mgmt., our team of experts can help you sort through these complexities to design a benefit program that’s the right fit for you company. Our vast array of internal resources coupled with strategically chosen vendors allows us to craft a strategy that will not only work for you today, but for years ahead as well.

Small Business Employee Benefits

Renewal Marketing

Every year, businesses are faced with a renewal deadline for their group benefit programs, allowing them an opportunity to perform a thorough review of each plan and making revisions, when necessary. Strategic planning for the renewal process is critical, as it can assure that the benefits offered by the company are the proper fit for the needs and circumstances of both the employer and employee.

We begin preparation for each renewal year several months in advance, formulating a strategy with you based on a review of the latest market products, innovations and trends, along with your firm’s objectives. From this plan we negotiate with several leading carriers to obtain the benefit package that best suits your vision and your employee’s needs, at pricing that works for you.

Renewal Marketing

Ancillary Benefit Programs

Ancillary benefit programs, when designed properly, provide employees with the ability to fill any needed gaps in coverage at rates lower than what they would be able to obtain on their own. Additionally, by offering products and services like critical illness insurance, hospital indemnity insurance, life and disability insurance, long term care insurance, dental and vision insurance, pre-paid legal and stand alone wellness, businesses can increase employee morale, productivity and work efficiency all increase…enhancing the firm’s growth and competitiveness.

Ancillary Benefit Programs

Vendors to Assist with Consumer Driven Administrative Services

Business owners today can increase their control over employee benefit programs and increasing insurance costs by introducing consumer driven administrative services, such as Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Accounts (FSAs) and/or Premium Only Plans (POP). Additionally, the same vendors offering these services can often assist you in preventing costly penalties and taxes by working with you to provide COBRA Administration, 5500 Preparation, help with 1094 and 1095 filings, nondiscrimination testing and ERISA Compliance.

Vendors to Assist with Consumer Driven Administrative Services

Health Care Reform / Compliance Guidance

The complexity of regulations that impact employers as a result of the Affordable Care Act, IRS and other employee related legislation can be a tremendous burden carrying stiff penalties, fees and interest for non-compliance. On top of that, rules and regulations are constantly changing from year to year, requiring an on-going, regular review of practices. Our team of experts can help you develop an effective strategy for maintaining compliance in a way that allows you to progress toward your business goals.

Health Care Reform

New York Disability Law (DBL) and Paid Family Leave (PFL)

The New York Disability Law provides benefits for employees who are unable to work due to a non-job related illness, disability or injury and New York’s Paid Family Leave program (PFL) is one of the strongest and most comprehensive family leave programs in the country. The protection and benefits of these programs extend beyond just the employees of a company as they also benefit the company itself through increased employee satisfaction, morale and production.

New York Disability