Protection for self-funded health plans

Controlling healthcare costs is a concern for any business – but larger-than-expected medical claims can devastate a self-funded employer. Stop loss coverage can help protect employers who self-fund their health benefit plans.

Self-funded health benefit plans can give employers better flexibility and control over expenses, while providing important medical coverage to their employees. But with self-funding comes increased financial risk, including the possibility of medical claims that are larger or more frequent than expected. Our stop loss coverage helps employers plan confidently for the future, without the worry of catastrophic medical expenses.

A protective partnership

Employer stop loss (ESL)

Anticipating and protecting against overwhelming medical claims isn’t easy. It takes a trusted advisor who will be around for the long haul. Our ESL coverage options offered to self-funded employers include:

Specific excess loss:

  • Incurred and paid, run-in and run-out contracts
  • Specific attachment points available from $20K (per state regulations) to $1M
  • Eligible groups down to 50 covered lives (per state regulations)
  • Aggregating specific deductibles available
  • Coverage available in all states except Washington

Aggregating excess loss:

  • Incurred and paid, run-in and run-out contracts
  • Monthly aggregate accommodation available
  • Terminal liability option available
  • Nonexperience aggregates available on existing full insured employers

HMO reinsurance (HMO Re)

Our reinsurance solutions help HMOs manage growing financial risk associated with member care costs and curtail the impact of catastrophic claims. Coverage highlights include:

  • Specific retentions per member ranging from $75K up to $1.5M
  • Option for unlimited maximum benefit coverage per member
  • Up to $10M continuation of benefit coverage
  • Minimum premiums as low as $50K
  • Captive reinsurance options

Provider excess insurance (PEI)

Our PEI solutions support medical providers with an extra layer of protection. Whether it’s for start-up groups or well-established providers, this option can help protect against catastrophic claims.

  • Specific retentions per member ranging from $25K up to $1.5M
  • Option for unlimited maximum benefit coverage per member
  • Minimum premiums as low as $25K

MGU support

We support managing general underwriters’ (MGUs) growth in stop loss by offering custom-tailored coverage and superior service to help manage the financial risk of their self-insured customers.

Specific excess loss coverage:

  • Incurred and paid, run-in and run-out contracts
  • Attachment points and group sizes based on MGUs’ appetite
  • Aggregating specific deductibles and retained corridor available
  • Coverage available in all states except Washington
  • Plan mirroring

Aggregating excess loss coverage:

  • Incurred and paid, run-in and run-out contracts
  • Monthly aggregate accommodation available
  • Terminal liability option available
  • Nonexperience aggregates available on existing full insured employers
  • Plan mirroring

In-house clinical team and ProAct® Care Solutions

Coverage isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why our stop loss customers enjoy the added advantage of our in-house clinical review teams and ProAct Care Solutions. Specialized to help contain costs, these benefits include:

  • A voluntary risk-management program that complements each client’s individual stop loss coverage plan
  • The combined support of our industry-leading underwriting capabilities, best-in-class vendors, and an elite clinical team of on-staff nurses to help improve clinical outcomes and enhance care coordination
  • Access to transplant networks, case management for catastrophic claims, and specialty pharmacy management
  • Access to PPO networks, with supplemental contract negotiations and bill review, audit, and negotiation
  • Access to our robust in-house clinical review team offering expert guidance to producer partners and informed risk assessments

Get in touch

Our commercial and specialty insurance products and services are distributed through brokers and agents. If you are interested in our solutions for your business, please contact your agent or broker. If you are an agent or broker, please reach out to our team for more information.

Robert Hatcher

CUO, Stop Loss

Karthik Mohan

VP, Sales & Distribution, Stop Loss

Danielle Siering

Underwriting Manager, Stop Loss

Kim Englehardt

VP, ProAct & Operations, Stop Loss

Colleen Wilson

VP, Risk Management, Stop Loss

Rick Wilson

VP, Finance, Stop Loss

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