Self Insureds

I was looking for an actuary that was open minded with a broad depth of knowledge. My past actuaries were more concerned with their formulas than what I suggested. Pinnacle is the best!

— Peter Meyer
Inner Circle Insurance Company

Services

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.

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

Formation
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Formation

In an effort to attract and retain quality physicians, a large integrated healthcare system operating in the Midwest decided to create a physician’s professional liability insurance (PPLI) alternative to the commercial markets. After a comprehensive feasibility analysis, an offshore captive insurance company (CIC) was capitalized and formed. Pinnacle actuaries were engaged to assist in the feasibility analysis and implementation of this strategy. Pinnacle’s involvement began by assisting the captive manager to develop appropriate assumptions that were incorporated into the CIC’s proposed business plan and filed with regulators. Initially, Pinnacle performed a comprehensive analysis of the current PPLI market to develop base rates, rating factors and underwriting guidelines. On an annual basis, Pinnacle re-evaluates the base rates and rating factors and recommends adjustments to reflect current trends in the market as well as credible indications borne out of the CIC’s experience. In addition to maintaining adequate rates for the program, Pinnacle has also been retained to perform the annual analysis of unpaid loss and expense reserves. The CIC’s annual reserve analysis includes a review of policies written, premium collected and claims incurred by the CIC at the close of each fiscal reporting period. Management relies on Pinnacle’s analyses to ensure the financial health of this strategic venture.

Reinsurance Price Optimization
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Reinsurance Price Optimization

Pinnacle was approached by an insurance company to provide an independent review of their reinsurance program. The first step was to review historic ceded premiums and losses by treaty layer to determine the overall reinsurer profitability. Pinnacle then independently priced the existing reinsurance program to benchmark the current market pricing. Finally, Pinnacle provided a cost benefit analysis to help the client determine the optimal retention levels for its insurance program. With this information in hand and our support, our client was able to negotiate better terms for their reinsurance program.

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.

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