If you want to get plenty of information and competitive offers from vendors but don't want to spend a lot of time doing the legwork and analysis, hiring a consultant may be an option for you. Remember, though, consultants can be expensive. Try to do as much legwork on your own as possible to cut down on your consultant's billable hours.
Your consultant's involvement in the benefit research process can be as deep or limited as you want it to be. Here's a list of services that your consultant can provide for you:
When at all possible, do as much as you can up front to keep the
consultant's costs down. Use their expertise when it's really needed,
such as when you're trying to balance good coverage with good prices.