Escalating health care costs in recent years have
made it increasingly difficult for employers to provide health insurance benefits
to their employees at a reasonable cost.
As a result, employers have sought alternative ways and means to keep the
costs of their benefit programs under control.† Some have opted to drastically reduce
benefits; others have chosen to change insurance carriers frequently,
utilizing whichever insurance company happens to have competitive rates at
that time. Both of these can have a negative effect on employees, and is
certainly only a short term solution to cost control.
Further, it is especially frustrating for those
employers whose claim utilization is ordinarily low compared to insurance
premiums paid. This employer is usually heavily subsidizing an insurance
risk pool whose loss ratio is much higher than his own.
We believe these are long term
problems that require more than short term solutions.
What then can be done to stabilize your costs as an
employer and maintain quality benefits for your employees?
Feasibility of Self-Funding
We believe that traditional group insurance plans
require employers to over insure their employee benefits.†† This enables the carrier to charge high
premiums, establish a reserve to its own liking, benefit from the use of
your reserve funds and profit further from the low claim utilization of
As an alternative, why not share in the financing of
the plan to the extent that it is feasible from an experience stand point?
Self-funding means sharing in the surplus, but it
also means sharing in the risk. You, as
the buyer, however, have the privilege of sharing only in the risk that
your own circumstances dictate. Group
health insurance risks can be easily categorized and
losses that occur frequently, but are relatively insignificant in size and
are predictable based on the groupís makeup of age, sex and plan of
classes occur infrequently, but are catastrophic in terms of size.
The most efficient
purchase of insurance is to insure for unpredictable losses not predictable
losses. No matter how high the cost of medical care, statistics indicate
that adverse claims experience normally is a result of extensive claims by
a limited number of individuals.†
Consequently, it is wise to purchase insurance to protect against
this risk. The amount of insurance
necessary is dependent upon the size of the group.† A smaller group requires more protection
than a large group.
By purchasing insurance only for unpredictable or
catastrophic claims, you greatly reduce high premium costs and thereby
create cash savings to fund for predictable claims.
In addition, you will benefit from:
REDUCED FIXED COSTS
Third Party Administrator will administer your plan with less overhead
expense than an insurance carrier.
LOW CLAIMS UTILIZATION
group insurance plans have no provision for refunding overpayment of
premium, effective coordination or subrogation of benefits.
REDUCED PREMIUM TAX
tax is normally computed as a percentage of premium.
INTEREST OR RESERVES
company retains the claim reserves traditionally held by insurance
method of funding benefits to pay for anticipated losses, with provisions for
Stop-loss coverage comes
in two forms: Specific and Aggregate.
provides a maximum dollar amount of all covered claims that a benefit plan
would pay on any one individual during a plan year.† The stop-loss carrier reimburses the plan
for claims paid in excess of the specific stop-loss.
is protection coverage to limit the total liability on all participants on
a small plan year basis, thereby allowing the plan to budget for a maximum
THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATOR
third Party Administrator is a licensed administrator providing all of the
administrative services previously rendered by your insurance carrier.