Workers Comp Like a Fully Self-Insured Part III
Are you fully self-insured in a large deductible program? Let us look at the mechanics of having a deductible.
Large Deductible Programs
We have received many emails and calls from employers with Large Deductible programs. The number of clients we have with Large Deductible programs has grown phenomenally over the past few years. Most of them want to become fully self-insured which is a great option. That will be covered in the next post.
Large Deductible programs require/allow an employer to set a deductible of $250,000 or $500,000 with an aggregate number of say $5,000,000. If a single claim goes over the single claim limit or all the claims exceed the total aggregate, then regular Workers Comp insurance would kick in to pay the claims.
The employer pays their claims under the limits out-of-pocket and their claims are handled by a TPA. This is very close to the goal of being fully self insured. The companies must be large enough for a carrier to set up this type of agreement.
A large amount of premiums dollars can be saved by paying claims out-of-pocket. However, there is one surprise that occurs with Large Deductible programs. We are contacted often when this occurs. EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE IN A LARGE DEDUCTIBLE PROGRAM, ALL CLAIMS ARE STILL REPORTED TO THE NCCI OR STATE RATING BUREAU. PLEASE DO NOT THINK YOUR E-MOD IS REDUCED BECAUSE YOU ARE PAYING THE CLAIMS DIRECTLY OUT OF YOUR BUDGET.
I have a NCCI Experience Rating Report for a large trucker right in front of me now. They were told by their agent that the E-Mod can be reduced by being a Large Deductible. That is not true and can heavily affect how the Large Deductible Program is written. This may also be an impediment when an employer tries to become fully self-insured.
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