Warming to Self-Insurance

When CareHere CEO Ernie Clevenger suggested his company switch to self-funded health insurance, there were more than a few people, including the firm’s chief financial officer, who expressed reservations. Not surprisingly, their main concern was what would happen if the 800 employee Brentwood, Tenn.-based chain of on-site health clinics experienced a catastrophic claim.

That hardly surprised Rick Peeples, the benefits adviser who was encourag­ing CareHere to make the move.

“Seventy-five percent of my clients are self-funded,” explains Peeples, “and a lot of organizations on the cusp of self-funding still don’t know if they’re really comfortable with it.”

To help ease their concerns, the executive vice president and member services direc­tor for Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately held insurance broker­age, presents them with them a win-loss analysis. (read more)