Care.com (NYSE: CRCM) has partnered with a benefits platform for independent workers in an attempt to make health care and other benefits more accessible to its registered caregivers across the United States.
The alliance with San Francisco-based Stride Health Inc. is designed to enable independent caregivers to enroll in the health plan that best suits their needs—in as few as 10 minutes.
Using the new “Care.com Benefits,” caregivers registered on Care.com can now access Stride’s financial guidance, personalized recommendations and year-round navigation support for dental and medical insurance plans in time to meet the Jan. 31 deadline to enroll in health plans for 2016.
“Caregivers are professionals doing one of the most important jobs imaginable; yet, because their workplace is frequently in someone’s home, they often don’t have access to the same benefits other professionals take for granted. In teaming up with Stride Health, we hope to change that,” said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder, chairwoman and CEO of Care.com, in a prepared statement. “Care.com Benefits delivers easy, personalized access to health care and coverage for U.S. care providers registered on Care.com, regardless of how many hours they work. We expect to expand upon the benefits offering later this year.”
Through Care.com Benefits, each Care.com caregiver registered in the United States is set to receive personalized health plan recommendations that optimize total cost of care and coverage every year, comparing 38 factors across thousands of plans to keep preferred doctors, determine the most cost-effective plan and guarantee affordable prescription drug coverage, according to the company.
Caregivers are also set to receive customized care plans that take maximum advantage of preventive care included free of charge with selected health insurance. Caregivers can also utilize Care.com Benefits to find in-network physicians and get exclusive access to deals on prescriptions at 70,000 pharmacies across the country.
Additionally, advisors will be made available to caregivers year-round to navigate their health plans and understand how to utilize their plans to save money on health care.
Care.com’s 7.7 million caregivers serve 10.1 million families across 16 countries, including the United States, Canada, the UK and parts of Western Europe. About 500,000 employees of corporate clients have access to Care.com’s services.
Written by Mary Kate Nelson