Flimp Communications Launches BENEFITchoice®, a Benefits-assessment Tool to Help Employees Evaluate and Prioritize Voluntary and Supplemental Benefits

Flimp Communications | September 30, 2020

Flimp Communications, a leading developer of digital employee communication and engagement solutions, today announced the availability of BENEFITchoice®, a benefits-assessment tool that helps employees evaluate and prioritize voluntary and supplemental benefits. In a year when benefit fairs are canceled, a digital solution like BENEFITchoice supplemented with educational videos can help employees choose the best benefits to meet their needs. BENEFITchoice is a sister product to PLANselect®, Flimp's flagship benefits decision-support tool that helps employees select the optimal medical plan for their needs. With more than three million employees and 3,000 organizations using the PLANselect model, Flimp has seen average engagement rates exceeding 60 percent and expects a similar response for BENEFITchoice. These quick and easy-to-use evaluation tools are available in both English and Spanish and can be combined to provide powerful, unbiased benefits decision support for employees, helping to lower healthcare costs and free up limited HR support resources. "With PLANselect and BENEFITchoice, we're able to greatly reduce employee queries, increase enrollment rates and lower renewal costs for most employers," said Wayne Wall, CEO and founder of Flimp Communications. "When we introduced PLANselect, we saw our clients gaining immediate value in terms of the time they saved and the overall increase in engagement with the enrollment process. We expect BENEFITchoice will garner a similar response and are pleased to roll this out to help HR and benefit teams during an unprecedented open enrollment season. While traditional benefits enrollment meetings and presentations are being moved online due to COVID 19, employers and benefits providers need easy-to-implement online tools and solutions that help employees make better-informed choices related to available medical plans and supplemental benefits offerings. BENEFITchoice offers interactive tools that help employees quickly assess non-core medical benefits and get personalized recommendations based on their needs. Decision-support tools like PLANselect and BENEFITchoice help replace traditional benefits-enrollment and onboarding meetings, while lowering overall costs and reducing the demand for support staff.

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