Self Insureds

Pinnacle's team provides us a timely actuarial report and great customer service. We also appreciate their assistance in providing all insurance forms our Risk Management Group requires.

— Ann Santilli
LA Dept of Water & Power

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Self Insureds

Self-insurance programs, which allow companies to pay some portion of their insurable loss exposures, come in all shapes, sizes and types. Multinational corporations, single state operations, large deductible and retrospectively rated policies, risk retention groups (RRGs), and captives — including 831(b)s, single parent captives, segregated cells, and group captives — all play critical roles.

As nationally-respected experts in alternative markets, Pinnacle provides a full range of actuarial services to a wide variety of self-insureds, including traditional loss reserve analysis for exposure within deductibles or self-insured retentions. We can compare alternate program structures, analyze retention levels and develop feasibility study documents, along with a wide range of other services.

Our expertise comes from having a team of experienced consultants with deep understanding of the challenges self insureds face, but also with the local knowledge unique to individual market segments, such as:

  • General liability for contractors 
  • Medical professional liability for physician groups and hospitals 
  • Workers compensation for temporary staffing firms 
  • Law enforcement liability for public entity pools 
  • Commercial auto liability for trucking companies, bus companies and taxicabs

As well, we are well versed in the intricacies of mechanisms for alternative markets structures, including:

  • Large deductible policies 
  • Retrospectively rated policies 
  • Single parent captives 
  • 831(b) captives 
  • Group captives 
  • Agency captives 
  • Association captives 
  • MGA-controlled programs 
  • Risk retention groups (RRGs)

Publications and Media

April 2018 APEX Webinar
Actuarial 101 for Self-Insured Entities
Authored by Nicholas E. Alicea and Zachary T. Brogadir.

January 2018 APEX Webinar
Statements of Actuarial Opinion at Year-End 2017
Authored by Joseph A. Herbers and Aaron N. Hillebrandt.

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Case Studies

Retention Analysis
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Retention Analysis

Pinnacle was asked by a large self-insured regional transportation authority to assess the impact of increasing their self-insured retentions for both workers compensation and automobile liability. We developed a stochastic simulation analysis, based on the program’s historical claims experience and industry benchmarks, that examined not only the increase in expected losses but the program’s additional potential loss variability. Finally, we discussed with the customer the relationship between their current capital position, as well as the current reinsurance market, to ensure the retention they selected for their program was appropriate for them. The authority ultimately increased their retentions, put some of their excess capital to work, and realized substantial savings in their reinsurance costs.

Self Insured Dividend / Assessment Analysis
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Self Insured Dividend / Assessment Analysis

A large group self insurance program was concerned with the amount of retained earnings and wanted to establish a policy for the minimum capital for the program to trigger dividend distributions. Pinnacle compared the program’s capitalization to a wide variety of industry standards for similar programs from rating agencies, regulators, and other sources. The results of this analysis lead to a recommended board policy regarding a minimum capital threshold for dividend distributions and ultimately to the development of an actuarially sound dividend distribution plan.

Self Insured Loss Reserve Analysis
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Self Insured Loss Reserve Analysis

Pinnacle was approached by a major, national manufacturer to perform a loss reserve analysis of their retained workers compensation, auto liability, general liability and products liability loss exposures. The previous actuary worked for a large broker which the customer felt presented a conflict of interest. In addition, the actuary used industry benchmarks that the customer felt did not accurately represent their loss development behavior. Pinnacle worked with the customer to better understand their loss exposures, claims handling practices, and corporate risk management philosophy. We worked with the company to gather better internal data and refine the industry benchmarks to better reflect their third party administrator, industry focus and geographic mix. These refinements, and many others, led to a more accurate analysis of the company’s retained loss exposures, a reduced provision for unpaid claims on their balance sheet, and reduced collateral requirements from their fronting carrier.

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