There are several potential advantages to an employer choosing self-insurance as an option, including:
There are, of course, associated costs and risks which must be considered before choosing self-insurance as an option. These include:
Despite these costs, self-insurance often remains a viable and typically cost-effective alternative to State Funds or, for that matter, private carriers.
If of interest, a feasibility study will be required to make an educated and factual analysis of whether self-insurance is a viable option in any individual case. If it’s determined to be an option – and the insured chooses to pursue – an application to the state, along with additional documentation including loss history, financial statements, and a demonstrated ability to administer a self-insurance program, is required for approval to self-insure.
Once the insured has received permission to self-insure, contracts with various service providers, third-party administrators (TPA), safety/loss control consultants, and excess carriers need to be executed. In addition, the state will require letters of credit to secure the retained portion of the risk, and a claims payment fund needs to be established so the TPA can pay claims.
Requirements for receiving and maintaining qualified self-insured status vary by state and can be challenging to comply with for employers with operations in multiple states, although it is frequently done. However, for single-state employers, self-insurance is certainly an option that should be evaluated. And, for brokers who serve clients whose only other option is the State Fund, self-insurance is an opportunity to provide additional value and added services for your insured.
AmWINS has resources available to help you evaluate the viability of a self-insurance solution for your insureds.
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