Employee health benefits committee assist in making decision concerning employee health care (EHC) because small or big; governments experience challenge of offering benefits, which satisfy workers' medical needs or requirements at a sustainable cost. Many local and state governments are seeking the assistance of EHBC: voluntary groups of non-union and union employees or workers that find out what benefits are significant to workers align the with available resources and help with benefit negotiations. Moreover, some EHBCs have the duty of educating workers on annual changes, including costs (Cheryl et al., 2012).
Employee health benefits committees do not substitute human resource department or unions. Instead, the EHBC supplement unions or HRD with exclusive concentration on employee benefits as well as attention to needs and wants of their colleagues. Besides, EHBC reviews the benefits that are offered by the city: dental, life, and health insurance. After review, EHBC makes recommendations on the best course to be taken (Cheryl et al., 2012). In addition, EHBC has a role of exploring alternatives related to health benefits expense containment and benefits plan design. Employee benefits committees also offer oversight of benefits for state workers and pensioners. Such oversight entails awarding contacts, fiscal management or control of group health fund, and establishment of policies and rules (Institute of Medicine, 2001).
EHBC is important in educating workers on the healthcare costs as well as what effect it may have on their budgets. Moreover, EHBC is important as employees feel owning it because their representatives are taking part in the selection or choice of benefits plans, fathoming what each plan costs. The use of employees' health benefits committees in making decisions on workers healthcare is the best option. This is because the workers are can follow how decision is made on the coverage type provided. It has credibility from employee's standpoint, instead of human resource department having a sole decision (Institute of Medicine, 2003).
Cheryl et al., (2012). Perspectives on essential health benefits: workshop report. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.