Wyoming Small Business Health Insurance Options

Wyoming Small Business Health Insurance Options

The Complete Wyoming Small Business Health Insurance Guide (2024 Edition)

Welcome to the HSA For America Complete Health Plan for Wyoming Small Businesses. This guide is aimed at companies in Wyoming with fewer than 30 employees.

This document was created to assist small business owners and freelancers in providing the most cost-effective employee health benefits. You can still be competitive while offering the compensation and benefits you need to keep the best talent on your team.

Wyoming Health Benefits Options for Small Businesses

Wyoming’s small businesses have many options for providing health insurance to their employees.

The most popular, but also the most costly option is to implement the traditional group health plan.

Prices vary depending on age. However, according to  from the Kaiser Family Foundation the average cost of group health insurance sponsored by an employer for a worker or family in 2021 will be $22,390. This is about $1010 more than the average.

Wyoming employees, on average, contribute to their health insurance costs more than $4,581.

Wyoming businesses have other options that can reduce costs significantly. They include:

  • Health Savings accounts (HSAs)
  • Health reimbursement plans (HRAs)
  • Direct primary care memberships
  • Health sharing programs

Your small business’s best strategy depends on a number of factors, including the size of your company, your budget and your employees’ age and medical needs.

Read on the go, download our Complete Guide To Small Business Healthcare Plans.

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Wyoming Small Businesses: Geographical Considerations

Wyoming has a unique healthcare system that includes not only the busy cities of Gillette, Casper and Cheyenne, but also more rural areas like Sheridan, Rawlins and Rawlins.

Wyoming’s business owners must therefore carefully consider how they distribute their workforce throughout the state. Executives in Casper who are responsible for company headquarters may choose an HMO which restricts employees and their families from seeing doctors outside the network. However, many of their employees live and work in Rock Springs and are far away from this plan’s provider network.

Wyoming Small Business Group Health Insurance

Most Wyoming employers choose traditional group health insurance.

The most expensive is also the cheapest.

How it works?

 A third-party insurer, usually a for-profit company, is contracted by an employer to provide health insurance for employees and their families if desired.

The Affordable Care Act requires that employers with at least 50 employees offer ACA-qualified insurance to employees who work over 30 hours per week. Otherwise, they will be penalized.

The health insurance policy must include the 10 minimum essential coverages required by the Affordable Care Act. The ten essential coverages (MEC) are:

  • Ambulatory Patient Services (outpatient services you receive without being admitted into a hospital).

  • Emergency Services
  • Hospitalization (such as surgery and overnight stay)

  • Pregnancy and maternity care, as well as newborn care (both prior to and after delivery)

  • Services for mental health and substance abuse disorders, including counseling and psychotherapy

  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative devices and services (services to help people with disabilities or chronic conditions recover mental and physical abilities)

  •  Laboratory services

  • Services for prevention and wellness and chronic disease management

  • Children’s services including dental and vision care are covered (adult dental and vision benefits are not essential health benefits).

 The ACA also requires that health insurance cover birth control and breastfeeding.

 Traditional health insurance for business is expensive, but it has the advantage of a guaranteed enrollment.

 The insurance company can’t deny coverage or raise the premiums if the worker enrolls in the initial enrollment period, when they qualify for coverage first, or during a special period of enrollment triggered by an event that qualifies, or the open enrollment period, which begins on November 1st each year.

Wyoming Small Businesses Can Choose to Offer Health Insurance

Employers with less than 50 employees are not required by the Affordable Care Act to provide any health insurance.

Wyoming law does not have any requirements. You don’t need to provide health insurance if you have less than 50 employees.

You will not be penalized.

Even small businesses should offer health insurance, as it can be difficult to retain and recruit quality employees without a competitive benefit.

Wyoming is a great place to work, as unemployment rates are low and employers compete fiercely for the best talent.

Wyoming employers could save money if they offer a health-sharing plan or medical cost sharing (more information below) and pay for some or all costs.

The HRA Alternative

You can also offer your employees a QSEHRA (Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement) that allows them to pay for their individual health insurance tax-free.

Employers can benefit from QSEHRAs in the following ways:

1.) Contribution limits are not applicable

You are not required to make a minimum annual contribution, as you would be with a pension plan. You can set your budget for HRAs and adjust it each year based on your cash flow.

With a QSEHRA , you are in charge of your budget for health benefits.

2.) Flexibility

You can offer different amounts to employees depending on their marital status or family situation. You can discriminate against employees with dependents by offering a higher benefit to those with families.

3.) Both employers and employees are eligible for tax-free treatment

Contributions by employers are tax-deductible as compensation expenses. Your employees won’t pay tax on the QSEHRA benefits, unlike those paid in cash.

This is why offering a QSEHRA can be better than offering an employee a health insurance subsidy that they can use to purchase health insurance or pay for other expenses.

4.) QSEHRAs support employee choice

Many traditional group health plans limit the options available to employees who are in a wide range of situations.

They are usually overpriced, and not suitable for workers. This is because HR and management choose them, and not the workers.

The QSEHRA gives workers and their families a much wider range of choices and allows them to choose the best health plan for themselves.

Wyoming Taxes Employer Health Insurance

The federal law and Wyoming state laws allow you to deduct the health insurance premiums that you pay for your employees as business expenses. The employee is not taxed on these premiums.

Overall, healthsharing plans have lower costs. The employee can also deduct their monthly costs. Employees are taxed on employer-paid health costs

Wyoming Employer Group Health Coverage: Disadvantages

Employers and employees alike have some serious disadvantages to the traditional employer-group health insurance

  • Cost

    The government regulators of Washington and Cheyenne have crammed health insurance policies full of mandatory coverages and requirements, which make little sense to many workers.

     Traditional health insurance, for example, requires that carriers include coverage of drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, and maternity, which many workers do not need or want.

     They are therefore much less cost-effective and efficient than they should be.

  • Inflexibility

    Group health insurance plans often offer a “one-size-fits all” strategy, which may not adequately address the needs and budgets of specific employees. By nature, group health insurance programs sponsored by employers tend to provide only one or two options that may not be the best for certain employees.

    Workers may be better off purchasing their own plans on the individual market, and taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act subsidy.

    Below are some alternatives to health insurance that may be less expensive. These affordable and innovative alternatives to health insurance are a great option, especially for those in good health with no pre-existing condition.

    Below, we discuss health sharing plans in greater detail.

  • Administrative burden
  • The administrative costs associated with managing a comprehensive health plan are substantial. It involves managing documentation, ensuring compliance, auditing the plans to make sure employees are not enrolling non-qualified individuals into the plan and answering questions from staff. These tasks are vital to ensure that the organization’s health insurance program runs smoothly.

    They are a burden for very small employers, who may not have enough employees to justify hiring a full-time staff to manage the plan.

    Business owners can also use strategies like Health Reimbursement Arrangements or health care stipends.

    Alternative approaches can encourage workers to purchase their own insurance through the Affordable Care Act. It may be possible to get subsidies if workers do this. This also removes the employer from the process, reducing administrative and overhead costs.

Health Sharing Plans in Wyoming

Wyoming small business owners can save money by using health sharing plans as an alternative to expensive health insurance.

Medical cost sharing plans are becoming a popular alternative to traditional group health plans for Wyoming businesses. These plans offer a more affordable option than traditional plans. Companies can save up to half on their premiums by switching from traditional group health insurance plans to medical cost sharing.

Wyoming small businesses can save up to $10,000 annually per employee on family coverage and $3,500 per year per employee on single coverage.

These programs are a new way to fund healthcare. They allow companies to provide employees with high-quality care while keeping costs down. The premise behind health sharing programs is to share resources between a group or organization.

In health sharing programs, participants pay a fixed amount per year instead of paying premiums for traditional insurance.

Health Sharing Plans vs. Health Insurance

Health insurance is not the same as health sharing plans.

Healthsharing groups are associations of people who share medical costs. Health sharing ministries, unlike health insurance companies that are typically for-profit corporations are non-profit.

Mandatory Coverages

Health insurance plans do not have such requirements. Federal and state laws require that traditional health insurance policies include coverage for many items, which many people do not want or need. Health sharing organizations are not subject to the Ten Minimum Essential Coverage requirements.

For example, medical cost-sharing plans do not have to cover the costs of addiction treatment for those who don’t use drugs. They don’t have to pay for injuries caused by drunken driving.

Existing conditions

Healthsharing plans can impose waiting times before they share costs for treating pre-existing medical conditions.

Often, they also require waiting periods for surgeries. This is true for all but accidents and injuries that were not foreseen before the member enrolled.

These waiting periods help eliminate a lot of adverse selection and allow health sharing organizations to provide a fantastic set of benefits for a fraction the cost of a non-subsidized ACA qualified group health insurance plan or one purchased through the Healthcare.gov Wyoming online exchange.

Healthsharing plans do not qualify for subsidies as part of the Affordable Care act. The price savings are so large that even if you qualify for a subsidy depending on your circumstances, many people will still benefit by switching to healthsharing.

Wyoming employers may find that switching to health-sharing is a better option, since small group health plans do not qualify for a subsidy on premiums under the ACA.

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Wyoming Health Sharing and Network Restrictions

Health sharing plans offer a greater range of healthcare providers than traditional managed care plans like HMOs or PPOs.

Healthsharing organizations in Wyoming don’t restrict patients to providers in their network in most cases. Health sharing plan members can choose any doctor or provider they want. Choosing the doctor of your choice is a right that people should have.

Does your business need to offer health sharing?

Each business is unique. It takes careful analysis to choose the best plan for your business, whether you’re looking at a healthsharing plan or a more traditional group health plan.

It’s simple for Wyoming business owners to receive a complete case analysis with recommendations specific to their organization and employees. 

click here and make an appointment to meet with a Personal Benefits Manager licensed in Wyoming.

You can help yourself by preparing a staff census.

Most of the time, switching from health insurance to private coverage will save you thousands per employee. Health sharing is not recommended if your employees have pre-existing medical conditions.

Consultation and analysis are always free.

QSEHRAs – The HRA for Small Businesses

 QSEHRA, or Qualified Small Employee Health Reimbursement Agreement (pronounced “Cue Sarah”) is a type of HRA that small businesses can use.

This benefit is for companies that have fewer than fifty full-time workers or the equivalent and do not offer any traditional group health insurance.

 Businesses can set their own QSEHRA maximums within certain limits. Wyoming employers will be able to contribute up to $5850 per employee (upto $487.50 monthly) as of 2023. They can also contribute up to $11,800 per family.

The employees use this money to buy their own health insurance through the online exchange or a Personal benefits manager on the individual and family market. The employee retains the right to a subsidy that they wouldn’t get if their employer paid for group health insurance.

 You can choose to reimburse employees’ health insurance premiums only or their premiums and any additional medical costs.

QSEHRAs and Special Enrollment Periods

Your employees are eligible for a Special Registration Period when you replace your health insurance with an HRA. This 60-day period allows your employees to purchase their own ACA qualified insurance plan without having to go through medical underwriting.

 It will help ensure that your employees are not left without coverage if you decide to replace your existing group health plan with a QSEHRA.

HRA Advantages

Health Reimbursement Arrangements are a great way to save money.

The money you spend on HRAs for your employees will be fully tax-deductible by you and tax-free for them.

HRA money is yours until it’s paid out to employees. You can use it as working capital. It is not required to be deposited with a third party.

The HRA benefit can be designed by employers in a way that suits their needs, and includes what expenses they are willing to cover.

The workers’ health insurance is not affected if they change their status to contractors or leave the company. The QSEHRA allows the employee to control and own their insurance policy. Not the employer.

HRA Disadvantages

Some workers may not want to be responsible for researching and choosing their own health plan. Some workers might need additional help to navigate the transition.

Your HSA for America Personal Benefits manager is ready to assist you. No worker will be left behind.

To schedule an appointment, have your workers Click this Link or call 800-913-0172.

Click here for more information about alternative health insurance options for Wyoming small business.

The Direct Primary Care Benefit

Direct Primary Care plans are a new alternative health care model that is gaining popularity across the nation, including Wyoming.

Membership-based model. Your employees can receive as many visits they need in person or by telehealth for an affordable flat monthly fee.

DPC offers a monthly membership cost of only $80 for those who want to prioritise their health and avoid the hassles of copays or insurance.

DPC plans offer members unlimited access to primary, chronic, and preventive care.

Direct primary care services include the following:

Direct Primary Care physicians provide a wide range of medical services.

  • Preventive care.Doctors at DPC emphasize preventive medicine, providing services like routine checkups, vaccinations, and screenings of various conditions.
  • Acute care:DPC physicians treat acute illnesses such as colds, flu and minor injuries.
  • Chronic disease management.DPC doctors can help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. They offer ongoing monitoring and treatment plan adjustments as necessary.
  • Urgent care.Doctors at DPC are usually available to provide same-day or the next-day care. Patients can receive immediate attention for non-emergency issues.
  • Comprehensive physical exams. Doctors at DPC offer comprehensive physical exams to assess overall health and identify potential risks. They also provide personalized health advice.
  • Diagnostic and laboratory services.Doctors of the DPC may coordinate or offer a wide range of lab tests such as bloodwork, urine analysis and imaging studies (X rays, ultra-sounds and ECGs).
  • Management of medication.DPC doctors are able to prescribe medications, monitor the effectiveness of those medications and make necessary adjustments. Also, they provide counseling and education on the proper use of medications.
  • Mental health services.As part of comprehensive care, many DPC practices offer mental health services. DPC doctors can provide therapy, counseling and referrals to specialists in mental health when needed.
  • Minor procedures. Minor procedures.
  • Referrals and coordination of care.DPC doctors are patient advocates who coordinate care and refer patients to specialists, hospitals and other healthcare providers.

     Since there is no insurance company involved in the process, you don’t have to worry about co-pays or co-insurance. Everything is covered by the monthly subscription. The monthly subscription covers everything, so cash-strapped employees can get the help they need immediately. The workers will never have to delay seeing a doctor because they cannot afford the co-pay or deductible

Patients can select supplemental plans to cover services not covered by DPC, such as high-deductible health plans, accident insurance, or health sharing plans. DPC members can choose to cover routine care with healthsharing plans, which are much cheaper than traditional insurance.

Health Savings Accounts 

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are powerful tools that can help employees manage their medical expenses and lower premiums for workplace health insurance.

 Wyoming businesses and residents need all the tax breaks they can get. It’s good to know that employer contributions made to employee Health Savings Accounts are fully deductible from Wyoming corporate income taxes as compensation expenses.

 HSAs allow individuals to set money aside before taxes in order to pay for future medical expenses. HSAs are open to both employees and employers, subject to a limit set by Congress to reflect the rising cost of living.

 The money in a HSA grows tax-deferred, and withdrawals for qualified medical expenses are tax-free.

HSA eligibility 

 Employees must be enrolled in a high-deductible health plan to qualify for employer contributions.

The IRS has defined a high deductible health plan plan for 2023 as any plan that includes a minimum deductible of $1,500 per individual or $3,000 per family.

 The total annual out-of pocket expenses for a HDHP (including copayments and coinsurance), cannot exceed $7,500 per individual or $15,000. This limit does not apply to services provided outside of the network. ).

Can I combine HSAs and health sharing?

Only one major health-sharing plan, the HSA SECURE, is currently available from HSA for America.

HSA SECURE Plan combines the tax advantages and healthcare benefits of a health saving account with cost-saving advantages of healthsharing.

To be eligible for this plan, employees must have a small business or self-employment income.

HSA SECURE does not apply to W-2 employees. HSA SECURE is a good option for employees or spouses who have a small business or freelance work.

The HSA SECURE plan is also a good option to save money for you as a small-business owner and your partners.

You would need to have your employees enroll themselves in HSA SECURE. Once they have enrolled in and set up an HSA, however, you can contribute pre-tax to their account, up to the limit Congress sets each year.

Click here to learn more about HSA SECURE.

What are the taxation rules for health benefits?

Here is a table that explains how these alternative strategies are taxed.

Plan Type Employer Workers
Traditional health insurance premiums Tax deductible. May qualify for a tax credit (see below) Non-taxable
HSA contributions Tax deductible Pre-tax, up to certain limits. No income limitations.
Health sharing costs Tax deductible as a compensation expense Taxable as ordinary W-2 income
Health reimbursement arrangements Tax deductible Benefits are non-taxable to the employee
HSA withdrawals N/A Withdrawals for qualified medical expenses are tax-free. Otherwise taxable as ordinary income.
A 20% penalty for non-qualified withdrawals applies up until age 65.
Direct primary care costs Tax deductible as a compensation expense Taxable to the employee


Take Care of All Levels in the Care Pyramid

 As shown in the below diagram, a good employee health benefit package should cover all levels of the Employee Healthcare Pyramid, from routine preventive health care to primary care for maintenance, early detection of health issues, and catastrophic incidents.

Care Pyramid for West Virginia Small Business Health Insurance


 On the left we list the common insurance-based traditional solutions that cover each level of care pyramid.

On the right we provide a list of alternatives, which are more affordable, to offer meaningful protection for each level of the Pyramid.

A good plan design offers employees affordable solutions for each of these levels. No employee should be forced to delay care or forgo treatment because they cannot afford the premium, coinsurance or copay.

Your Personal Benefits manager can assist you in creating a plan that is tailored to your employees and provides solutions at every level of the Care Pyramid. This plan often costs a fraction of what a traditional group insurance plan would.

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, passed along with ACA, allows certain small businesses to claim a tax credit up to 50% on their employee health insurance expenses.

This program is designed for small businesses that have 25 or fewer employees and tend to hire workers at lower wages. 

Businesses that are for-profit or non-profit can claim the credit.

* Employ fewer than 25 people and pay an average salary of $53,000 or lower (excluding salaries for all owners). Owners are generally not considered when calculating the average salary and number of employees for a business. The number of employees are also based on the “full-time equals” (FTEs). Two half-time employees are equal to one full-time worker.

* Pay half the premiums of employees.

* Make sure that the coverage you offer is Affordable Care Act qualified and available through the state exchange. In West Virginia, this means healthcare.gov (the federal online insurance marketplace).

Once an employer has 25 workers or a wage of $53,000 or more, the tax credit is gone

How do I claim the credit? 

This tax credit can be claimed on your annual tax return by attaching IRS Form 8941. Tax-exempt small business must also file a Form990-T to claim the tax credit, even if they are not required to do so.

Contributions to health insurance for your employees are tax-free.

I do not owe any taxes for my business this year. Can I claim the tax credit still?


The credit is refundable if you are a business that’s exempt from taxes. 

For more information on the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, consult your tax advisor.

Combine Small Business Health Plan Strategies

When it comes to maximising your health insurance coverage, combining different programs is a wise move.

Combining a variety of healthcare packages allows employers to reduce healthcare costs and provide complete coverage for their employees.

As a cost-effective option, consider combining Direct Primary Care (DPC), a plan for primary care that is low-cost and covers all catastrophic events with a health-sharing plan.

This strategy is more cost-effective for both your company and your employees.

 Employees can be given more options and lower costs by allowing them to choose between a health-sharing plan or an individual health plan. They can also fund their Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) if they select a HDHP plan that qualifies for an HSA.

What to Do Now?

Contact Us The best way to proceed is to conduct an employee survey and Contact us and receive a complimentary, free business health plan assessment and recommendation.

Your HSA for America Personal Benefits Manager will review your family and work force with you. They will also discuss your budget, needs, employee contributions, and any existing conditions that need to be taken into consideration when creating a new plan.

Several of our PBMs are successful entrepreneurs and business owners. They understand what you need as a business leader and how to attract and retain top talent.

Can I offer both health insurance and health sharing?

You can provide both plans side-by-side, so that employees can choose the plan that best suits their needs.

If too many employees choose to opt out of the group health plan, your participation rate could drop below the minimum required for a group plan. You can use an HRA as a reimbursement for the employee’s individual health insurance. This will cost close to the same.

Wyoming Small Business Health Plans: Frequently Asked questions 

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What’s the difference between Health Insurance and Healthsharing for Small Businesses?

Healthsharing is an alternative to traditional health insurance, which is offered by insurance companies. Members contribute to a pool to cover one another’s medical costs.

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  What are the benefits of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for Wyoming employees?

 HSAs are a way for individuals to set money aside before taxes to pay for future medical expenses. Employees and employers can both contribute to HSAs, allowing for tax benefits and savings on healthcare costs.

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  Is it a good idea for Wyoming small businesses to offer a Direct Primary Care plan (DPC) alongside other options?

 Combining DPC and low-cost options such as health sharing plans, can provide comprehensive healthcare solutions at a cost-effective price for small businesses and employees

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  Can HRAs used in conjunction with other coverage options such as health sharing plans and individual health insurance plans?

 Yes, HRAs are compatible with other insurance options. HRAs can be used to reimburse employees for premiums on individual policies. HRA funds cannot be used directly to reimburse employees for the costs of health sharing plans.

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What exactly is an HRA?

 HRAs are employer-funded accounts that reimburse employees for medical expenses they incur but which are not covered by insurance. Employers decide what expenses qualify and then contribute money accordingly

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Does health sharing plan have waiting periods for pre-existing condition?

Some healthsharing plans do have waiting periods before they cover pre-existing medical conditions. For more information, it’s best to consult a Personal Benefits manager or review the plan guidelines

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Can employers in Wyoming contribute to the HSAs of their employees?

 Employers can contribute to HSAs of their employees, but only up to the annual limit set by Congress.

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  Can Wyoming employers deduct contributions to HSAs from their state income tax?

 Yes. Wyoming allows employers to deduct their contributions for employee HSAs as compensation expenses from the state income tax.

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  Is it possible for a small business to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit even if it does not owe Wyoming taxes?

 The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit may be used to offset the income tax liability for the previous year. It can also be carried forward up to a maximum of 20 years.

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Are health sharing plans covered for maternity benefits in Wyoming? 

 Wyoming health insurance plans and healthsharing plans often include maternity benefits, which cover prenatal, labor and postnatal care. Some healthsharing plans restrict the cost-sharing benefits of children born outside marriage.


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