Amazon has recently made a significant entry into the health insurance market, marking its latest expansion into the healthcare sector. This move has raised several questions about how Amazon’s entry will affect the health insurance industry, consumers, and existing health insurers. In this article, we will discuss Amazon’s entry into the health insurance market and explore its potential implications.
In this article, we will first provide an overview of Amazon’s entry into the health insurance market, including its recent collaborations and partnerships with healthcare organizations. We will then discuss the potential impact of Amazon’s entry on the healthcare industry, including how it could disrupt the current healthcare market and benefit consumers.
Additionally, we will examine the challenges that Amazon may face in the health insurance market and the strategies it may use to overcome them. Finally, we will conclude with our thoughts on the future of Amazon’s role in the healthcare industry and the potential implications for healthcare consumers and insurers alike.
The Need for Health Insurance
Health insurance is an important aspect of life that cannot be overlooked. It provides financial protection against unforeseen medical expenses that may arise due to illness, injury, or accidents. Without health insurance, individuals may be forced to bear the full cost of medical treatment, which can be exorbitant and potentially bankrupting.
In the current state of the healthcare industry, medical expenses continue to rise, making it increasingly difficult for individuals to afford quality healthcare. The cost of healthcare in the United States has been steadily increasing over the past few decades, outpacing inflation and wage growth. This trend has resulted in many people either not having health insurance or having inadequate coverage.
Individuals and businesses face several challenges when it comes to obtaining affordable health insurance. One of the biggest challenges is the high cost of premiums, which can be prohibitively expensive for many people, especially those with low incomes. Additionally, individuals with pre-existing conditions may be denied coverage or charged higher premiums, further limiting their access to affordable health insurance. For businesses, providing health insurance for employees can be a significant financial burden, which may result in smaller companies being unable to offer coverage altogether.
In conclusion, the need for health insurance is evident in the current state of the healthcare industry. Without proper coverage, individuals may be left vulnerable to significant financial hardships due to unexpected medical expenses. The challenges faced by individuals and businesses in obtaining affordable health insurance highlight the need for systemic changes to improve access to quality healthcare for all.
Amazon benefits can help you protect your health, family, and finances.
*Note: Amazon’s benefits can vary by location, the number of regularly scheduled hours you work, length of employment, and job status such as seasonal or temporary employment. The following benefits apply to Class F (40 hours/week), Class R (30-39 hours/week), and Class H (20-29 hours/week) excluding employees who work in the following states: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin. View the benefits overview for employees who work in CT, IL, IN, MD, NC, PA, UT, and WI. View the benefits overview for employees who work in Hawaii.
Starting on your first day of employment, Amazon offers a wide range of benefits to support you and your family at home and beyond.
The following benefits are effective from January 1 – December 31, 2023.
Medical plans include coverage for prescription drugs, emergency and hospital care, mental health, X-rays, lab work, etc. There are no pre-existing condition exclusions with any of Amazon’s medical plans. Amazon offers a variety of plans so you can choose the one that’s right for you and your family. All plans cover preventive care 100%.
|Shared Deductible Plan||Health Savings Plan|
|Network options: Aetna or Premera Blue CrossCoinsurance: 90% covered in networkDeductible:$1,000/person, up to $3,000/family maxComes with a company-funded Health Reimbursement Account that automatically covers the first 50% of your deductible.Depending on who you cover, Amazon contributes the following amount toward your HRA:$500/person, up to $1,500/family maxOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Medical and Prescription):$2,000/person, up to $6,000/family maxPrescription Drug:After you’ve paid your deductible:You pay 10% in-network||Network options: Aetna or Premera Blue CrossCoinsurance: 90% covered in networkDeductible:$1,500/person, up to $4,500/family maxComes with a company-funded Health Savings Account (HSA) that you can also contribute to and save for health care expenses.Depending on who you cover, Amazon contributes the following amount toward your HSA:$500/person, up to $4,500/family maxOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Medical and Prescription):$3,000/person, up to $9,000/family maxPrescription Drug (Retail):After you’ve paid your deductible:You pay 10% in-network|
|Standard Plan||In-Network Only Plan|
|Network options: Aetna or Premera Blue CrossDeductible:In-network: $300/person, up to $900/family maxOut-of-network: $600/person up to $1,800/family maxOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Medical only):In-network: $2,300/person up to $4,900/family maxOut-of-network: $4,600/person up to $9,800/family maxOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Prescription Drug):$4,150/person, up to $8,000/family max30-day fill retail:$10 generic10% up to $30 for preferred brand30% up to $40 for non-preferred90-day Mail Order:$20 generic10% up to $60 for preferred brand30% up to $80 for non-preferred||Network options: Premera Blue Cross onlyDeductible:In-network: $100/person, up to $300/family maxOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Medical only):In-network: $3,600/person up to $7,300/family maxOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Prescription drug):$2,850 person/ up to $5,600/family maxCopays after deductible is met:$30 for primary care provider$30 for mental health & substance abuse$45 for specialist visit$75 for urgent care visit$150 for emergency room visitPrescription Drug:30-day fill retail:$10 for generic$30 for preferred$40 for non-preferred90-day fill mail order:$20 for generic$60 for preferred brand$80 for non-preferred|
|Cigna In-Network Only Basic Plan||Kaiser Permanente HMO (CA, CO, HI, MD, VA, WA, Washington DC)|
|Deductible:$2,500/person, up to $5,000/family maxCopays:$40 for primary care provider$40 for mental health & substance abuse before deductible$80 for specialist visit10% coinsurance for urgent care visit after deductible$300 for emergency room visit after deductibleOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Medical and Prescription)$5,000/person, up to $10,000/family maxPrescription Drug:30-day fill retail:$10 for generic25% for preferred brand, up to $50Non-preferred brand not covered90-day fill mail order:$20 for generic25% for preferred brand, up to $100Non-preferred brand not covered||Deductible:NoneCopays:$30 for primary care provider$45 for specialist office visit$30 (individual) / $15 (group) for mental health outpatient$0 for inpatient hospital$150 for emergency room$30 for urgent careOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Medical and Prescription):$1,500/person, up to $3,000/family maxPrescription Drug:30-day fill retail:$10 generic$30 for preferred brand$30 for non-preferred90-day fill mail order:$20 for generic$60 for preferred brand$60 for non-preferred|
|SIMNSA Mexico Care Plan (SoCal only, in-network care only)|
|Deductible:NoneCopays:$5 for primary care provider$5 for specialist office visit$5 for mental health outpatient$0 for inpatient hospital$250 for emergency room$25 in Mexico ($50 outside Mexico) for urgent careOut-of-Pocket Maximum (Medical and Prescription)$6,350/person, up to $12,700/family maxPrescription Drug (Retail):$5 for generic$5 for preferred brand$5 for non-preferred 90-day fill mail order not covered.|
Dental (Delta Dental of Washington)
|Basic Dental Plan||Enhanced Dental Plan|
|Plan Year Maximum: $1,500Deductible:$50/person, up to $150/family maxIncluded Services:Preventive (cleaning and x-rays) covered at 100%, deductible waivedBasic (fillings and extractions) covered at 90%||Plan Year Maximum: $2,000Deductible:$50/person, up to $150/family maxIncluded Services:Preventive (cleaning and x-rays) covered at 100%, deductible waivedBasic (fillings and extractions) covered at 90%Major Restorative (dentures and crowns) covered at 50%Orthodontia covered at 50% with $2,000 lifetime maximum (deductible waived)|
Vision (Vision Service Plan)
|Basic Vision Plan||Enhanced Vision Plan|
|Plan pays 100% for an eye exam at an in-network provider once every calendar year.Materials Copayment: $10Lenses: Covered 100% in-networkFrames or Contacts (contacts are in lieu of glasses): One pair every calendar year up to $130 allowance in-networkContact lens fitting and evaluation exam covered in full once every calendar year, after a maximum $60 copayment in-network only.||Plan pays 100% for an eye exam at an in-network provider once every calendar year.Materials Copayment: $10Lenses: Covered 100% in-networkFrames or Contacts: Two pairs every calendar year up to $130 allowance for each pair in-networkContact lens fitting and evaluation exam covered in full once every calendar year, after a maximum $60 copayment in-network only.|
HEALTH SUPPORT PROGRAMS
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AND DAILY LIVING ASSISTANCE
- Free counseling services and referrals are available 24/7 for any Amazon employee or household member.
- You can receive up to five free counseling sessions — virtual or in person — per issue, per year.
- Referrals are available for legal and financial issues and for personal convenience and care needs (child care, elder care, relocating, and other personal needs).
Amazon 401(k) Plan
- For every $1 of employee contribution you make (up to 4% of your eligible pay), Amazon will contribute $0.50 to your account in the form of matching contributions. You can get up to a 2% match. Note: Catch-up contributions are not matched.
- You become vested in matching contributions after you are credited with three years of vesting services. A year of vesting service is defined as a calendar year in which you complete 1,000 hours of service.
- You can contribute from 1% to 90% of your eligible pay on a pre-tax basis, Roth, or traditional after-tax basis, subject up to the annual IRS limits. For calendar year 2023, the IRS limit is $22,500 (If you turn 50 or older in 2023, you may contribute an additional $7,500 in catch-up contributions in 2023).
- All Amazon employees age 18 or older are eligible to join the plan immediately upon their date of hire (it may take up to 10 business days until you can enroll at Fidelity). To learn more about the Amazon 401(k) Plan, watch a video here.
Employee Restricted Stock Units
At Amazon, most employees have the ability to become owners of the company through the granting and vesting of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). Depending on your job level and if you are scheduled to work 30+ hours per week, you are eligible to:
- Receive a grant of RSUs that vest over time, in accordance with plan documents.
- Have opportunities for additional RSU grants.
Amazon is continually evaluating new ways to provide other types of ownership opportunities for all employees.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) provide a convenient way to pay for certain eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. If you contribute money to an FSA, you lower your taxable income, which reduces your federal income and Social Security taxes.
- Health Care FSA can be used to pay for health insurance copays, deductibles, and other eligible services and supplies not covered by your medical, dental or vision plans. The Health Care FSA has a minimum contribution of $120 and a maximum of $2,850 per plan year to use for eligible health care expenses. If you enroll in the Health Savings Plan with a Health Saving Account (HSA), you are not eligible to enroll in the Health Care FSA.
- The Dependent Care FSA can only be used to pay expenses for dependent care, such as child or elder care while you are working. The Dependent Care FSA has a minimum contribution of $120 and a maximum of $5,000 per plan year.
- Employee Discount Code (EDC) for a 10% discount off of Amazon merchandise, up to $100 per calendar year.
- Employee discount program (Amazon Extras) for a variety of goods and services such as travel, event tickets, cell phone services, restaurants, entertainment, sports, and more.
Available to employees working 30+ hours. Amazon provides both short-term and long-term disability coverage at no cost to you. Both plans provide partial income (60% of eligible salary up to certain limits) if you become medically disabled.
- There is a 7-day waiting period for short-term disability (STD) benefits; benefits are then paid for up to 26 weeks. For STD benefits related to pregnancy, there is still a 7-day waiting period, but pay is retroactive to the first day of disability.
- Short-term pregnancy disability coverage is available for birth parents and is equal to 100% of basic earnings for up to 4 weeks pre-partum and 10 weeks post-partum.
- There is a 180-day waiting period for long-term disability (LTD) benefits; benefits are then paid for an extended period depending on the severity of the disability and other factors. The LTD plan has a pre-existing condition exclusion provision.
Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
- Amazon currently provides two times your annual base salary for Basic Life and AD&D Insurance at no cost to you.
- You can buy supplemental life insurance coverage for yourself, payable to your designated beneficiaries if you die. You can buy coverage in amounts of 1x to 10x your base annual earnings, up to $2,000,000.
- You can buy life insurance to cover your spouse/domestic partner in amounts of $25,000 or ½ to 5x your base annual salary, up to $250,000 not to exceed 100% of your total amount of life insurance (basic and supplemental).
- You can buy life insurance to cover your children in certain amounts up to $20,000.
- An accelerated death benefit is available in certain situations involving a terminal illness.
- You can buy supplemental AD&D insurance to cover just yourself, or yourself and your eligible dependents, of 1x to 10x your basic annual earnings, up to $2,000,000.
Critical Illness & Personal Accident Insurance
Get discounted rates on Critical Illness and Personal Accident Insurance through MetLife. For both policies, your enrollment is guaranteed: There are no medical questions or tests required for coverage.
- Critical illness insurance pays a lump-sum benefit if you’re diagnosed with a serious medical condition like a heart attack, cancer, or stroke.
- Critical illness insurance does not replace your medical coverage. Instead, it helps you cover additional expenses.
- If your illness disables you for at least 12 months, critical illness insurance offers Disability Advocacy and Advisory Services (DAS), which includes Social Security Disability representation (to help you get Social Security Disability Income benefits) at no additional cost.
- Personal Accident Insurance provides a lump-sum payment for you to use to help cover costs that result from an accident and are not covered by your Amazon medical plan and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage (off the job only).
- The insurance covers a variety of medical services and treatments, including ambulance, ER visits, therapy, and inpatient or outpatient surgery. This can help you cover the deductible or coinsurance on your health plan when you seek treatment.
Homeowners, Renters, Auto, and Pet Insurance
- Shop for homeowners, renters, auto, motorhome/RV, or boat insurance to receive competitive price comparisons from multiple carriers. You can maximize your savings with multi-vehicle and multi-policy discounts.
- Save up to 20% on pet insurance coverage. You can choose from many options to customize coverage, including:
- Accident-only, in case your pet gets hurt
- Coverage for illnesses, cancer, hereditary conditions, behavioral issues, dental disease, and more
- Preventive care, which helps cover the cost of vaccines, screenings, dental cleanings, and more
- You can enroll in or change these benefits at any time during the year; not just during Open Enrollment.
With MetLife, receive discounted rates on legal advice and fully covered legal services for a wide range of personal legal matters including wills and estate planning, real estate matters, family law, and more.
Pregnancy & Parental Leave
All blue badge employees who are considered full time (40 hours per week) or reduced time (30-39 hours per week) are eligible for leaves as summarized below. Your health care, life insurance, 401(k), and vacation benefits under Amazon’s plans will continue during the following.
Pregnancy Leave (runs concurrently with state and federal leaves, as applicable)
- Amazon provides pregnant employees with the following:
- Paid Pregnancy Leave: Amazon will pay 100% of your salary for up to 14 weeks while you’re on doctor-ordered short-term disability
- Short-term disability benefits during leave
- Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) will continue to vest according to your current vesting schedule.
- Sign-on bonus payments (if included in your job offer) continue per original schedule.
Parental Leave (must also have one continuous year of employment at time of birth or adoption to be eligible)
- Six weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.
- Parental Leave can be taken in one consecutive six-week period or split into two increments, and must be used within 12 months of birth or adoption.
- You do not need approval from your manager to take Parental Leave. You should discuss your leave plan with your manager, but how and when you utilize your leave is at your discretion.
- RSU vesting will suspend after 14 days cumulative after leave and resume upon return to work with an adjusted vest schedule. Your updated vesting schedule may take up to four weeks to appear in your Morgan Stanley account.
Leave Share Program
- The pay benefit of any unused portion of the Parental Leave can be shared if your spouse or domestic partner does not have access to a paid parental leave through his/her employer
- You will be asked to affirm that your spouse or domestic partner does not have paid parental leave benefits through his/her employer.
- You’ll receive your base pay for the unused portion of the Parental Leave in your next available paycheck along with your regular base pay.
Ramp Back Program
- Birth parents and primary caregivers can gradually return to work on a reduced schedule over an eight-week period immediately following a Pregnancy or Parental Leave.
- You can select one of three reduced-hour options: 50% for eight weeks, 50% for four weeks/75% for four weeks, or 75% for eight weeks.
- Your base pay, sign-on bonus payments and RSU vesting will be proportional to the option you select.
- A new RSU vesting schedule will be established upon return to full-time work. Your updated vesting schedule may take up to four weeks to appear in your Morgan Stanley account.
- You do not need manager approval for Ramp Back. You should discuss your leave plan with your manager, but how you utilize Ramp Back is at your discretion.
Child, Elder and Pet Care Referral Services
Receive free membership to Sittercity and Years Ahead, a portal to locate qualified child care or elder care. You pay for the actual care you need. The site provides access to background checks, references and reviews from other users.
- Amazon reimburses qualified adoption expenses up to $5,000 for a single-child adoption or $10,000 combined maximum for a sibling-group adoption.
- Generally, the child must be under the age of 18.
- Limit of one single or group adoption reimbursed per calendar year.
Leave of Absence
In general, leaves of absence are available to eligible employees for time off due to a qualifying medical condition, or to care for a qualified family member experiencing a medical condition. Other types of leave may include: the birth, adoption, or placement of a new child, pregnancy, personal reasons, the death of a member of your immediate family, jury/witness duty, military reasons, or other reasons provided under various laws. Most leaves are unpaid, except some pregnancy and parental leaves, and some portions of jury/witness, military, and bereavement leaves. All leaves have various length limits, and some leave types may require certification or the approval of your manager or Human Resources.
Paid Time Off
For information about paid time off, please refer to the separate PTO webpage shared by your recruiter.
View the paycheck contributions for Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage for you and any eligible dependents, effective January 1 – December 31, 2023.
Legal requirements of the Transparency in Coverage Rule of 2021
The federal rule requires health insurers and employers to post in-network rates and out-of-network allowed amounts on public websites. This information must be updated monthly.
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This page is a summary of benefits only. It is not a legally binding document. If there is a discrepancy between this information and the plan or policy documents, the plan or policy documents will govern in all cases. Participation in Amazon benefits does not signify a contract of employment. Amazon reserves the right to modify or terminate any portion of the Amazon benefits program and/or any of its policies at any time with or without notice.
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