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The ABCs of Self-Funding Health Plans - CFO.com

Eric Gulko writes for CFO.com about the trend of more employers moving to self-funding, and tells you what you need to know to make the switch.

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Small to midsize employers struggling to manage the increasing cost of health plans are shifting a large portion of those costs onto employees - increasing the average family's premiums 61% over the past 11 years.

CFOs of these smaller and midsized companies looking to create new best practices to control health care spend should consider partially or fully self-funding their health plans. Although there is risk to the employer of a member having a large claim under the self-funded model, risk can be mitigated by purchasing stop-loss insurance.

Self-funding is not a new or cutting-edge idea. Among those companies with 200-999 workers, 56% self-fund. It’s far less common where there are fewer than 200 workers, with 17% of such employers self-funding, but that’s up from 12% in 2008. These organizations enjoy benefits such as reduced taxes and fees, plan design flexibility and control, and increased cost transparency. While there are challenges that accompany these benefits, self-funding and partial self-funding are becoming desirable options for many employers, especially small to midsize nonprofits.

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