Recognizing outstanding health risk management among Stop Loss Group Captive members

May 20, 2019 – Hamilton Square, New Jersey –Berkley Accident and Health, a Berkley Company®, is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Risk Achievement of the Year (RAY) Award. The RAY Award winners were announced at the 2019 Berkley Captive Symposium held recently at the Westin Grand Cayman.

The RAY Award recognizes Group Captive members who have shown exceptional dedication to health risk management in the previous year. Nominees must demonstrate a strong commitment to employee health and wellness, adopt programs that help lower health risk factors, and show measurable results. Above all, winning companies seek to promote a culture of health and secure optimal outcomes for employees and their families.

“Captive members are employers who self-fund their employee health benefits. Rather than buy traditional health insurance, they self-fund with stop loss protection and then join together to share risk through a group captive arrangement,” said Brad Nieland, President and CEO, Berkley Accident and Health. “As a result of aligned incentives and a healthy focus on employee wellness and risk management, the RAY award winners have taken control of their health care spending – and the results are very impressive.”

The 2019 winners are:

J.F. Sobieski – This commercial and residential Plumbing and HVAC contractor has gone above and beyond in pushing new programs to increase the health and well-being of their employees. Through their biometric screenings, conducted for the first time this year, Sobieski identified numerous undiagnosed conditions and individuals who were predisposed to health conditions which would otherwise go untreated until complications were evident. They also implemented a comprehensive wellness program managed by a third party vendor. This included an RV to conduct on-site screenings at each job site. One key element was to offer incentives to increase participation in biometrics and other cost control programs. Additionally, Sobieski created their own branded fitness program called “Industrial Athlete” that is focused on 3 distinct job classifications within the organization.

Reid Companies – This family-owned company is a marketer and supplier of transportation fuels and owns and operates Crosby’s retail convenience stores and quick serve restaurants.  The company has historically spent about 36% less on its medical claims on a PEPM basis, compared to other companies in their group captive program. They are a finalist for the western New York Healthiest Employer Award due to their impressive employee engagement. They have increased their overall employee engagement by 27% in just one calendar year and an impressive 92.5% of the participants met the requirements to earn their incentive. 86.6% of their population now fall in the low-risk category, and they reduced the high-risk category to only 7.5% of their population. This comes from a continued emphasis on total well-being and a commitment to monthly activities that support the mission of a healthy workforce.

Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp. / Tamarack Property Management – This property management company which specializes in affordable housing has encouraged their plan participants to be accountable for their well-being. The organization has been committed to providing the tools necessary for the employees to take advantage of their health benefits and begin a personal health journey. The 2018 realized financial results allowed the organization to reduce the employee deductible and employee contributions levels for the 2019 plan year. They were also able to reduce their out-of-pocket maximum and added alternative therapies and bariatric procedures to their offerings.

The 2019 honorable mentions were:

Alexander Thompson Arnold – An honorable mention goes to Alexander Thompson Arnold (ATA), a regional accounting firm serving Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Indiana. ATA has taken a holistic approach to health and wellness by educating their team on the importance of mind, body, and spirit. Based on their organization’s trend data that showed an increase in claims and Rx utilization associated with anxiety/depression and heart health, they implemented a Tax Season Wellness Challenge that focused on behaviors and activities that encourage mindfulness, nutrition, being thankful, and moving. They received no increase to health plan costs from the 2018 to 2019 plan year and reinvested a large portion of the savings back into their wellness initiative to offer more challenges and rewards for 2019 and were able to keep employee health premiums unchanged for 2018-2019. The most exciting component added this year was a reinvestment in the communities they serve.  The new wellness platform allows individuals and office locations to earn points that equate to dollars that are contributed to civic and non-profit organizations at the local level.

Maco Bag – An honorable mention goes to Maco Bag, a manufacturer of flexible packaging products and contract packaging services. Maco Bag mandated participation in the annual benefits/wellness fair and emphasized financial wellness in 2018 with quarterly HEALTHY lunch and learns. They also offer onsite healthy catered lunches once a week, giving employees an easy way to get a nutritious meal. They have had 30 people activate their MDlive telemedicine program accounts, bringing utilization of telemedicine up to 23.3%. According to the Organizational Healthy Report provided by Simply Well, Maco Bag improved health conditions among employees who were screened in 2017 and 2018, which yielded a savings of $3,500 each in avoidable medical expenses for their plan.

Fisher Printing, Inc. – An honorable mention goes to Fisher Printing Inc., a family owned commercial web printer that specializes in printing advertising circulars for local and nationwide retailers located in Illinois and California. Fisher Printing has implemented biometric screenings and other wellness initiatives over the past several years, with the recent year demonstrating the most improvement in their population. This resulted in an estimated cost avoidance of over $28,000, after factoring in other costs to support the program. Fisher Printing has structured their premiums to increase participation year over year. Both employees and spouses are encouraged to participate in the biometric screenings. Their third party vendor tracks several criteria of a Personal Health Score Component, and employees improved dramatically in nearly every category, including a 75% improvement in blood pressure levels and an 83% improvement in LDL cholesterol levels.

About Berkley Accident and Health

Berkley Accident and Health is a member company of W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Berkley Accident and Health provides an innovative portfolio of accident and health insurance products. It offers four categories of products: Employer Stop Loss, Group Captive, Managed Care (including HMO Reinsurance and Provider Excess), and Specialty Accident. The company underwrites Stop Loss coverage through Berkley Life and Health Insurance Company, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best.

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