Self Insureds

There were queries from our auditors which required further detail. Pinnacle provided this to us in a timely manner and enabled completion of the audit on time, which was greatly appreciated.

— Captive Manager

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

May 14 2020 APEX
Actuarial 101 for Self-Insured Entities
Authored by Ken J. Hawkins and Trenton J. Lipka.

April 2018 APEX Webinar
Actuarial 101 for Self-Insured Entities

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Case Studies

Cayman Captive
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Cayman Captive

Pinnacle serves many of the largest group captives in the world, many of them domiciled in the Cayman Islands. These reserve analyses are typically produced twice a year and serve multiple purposes. First, they provide a range of reasonable estimates which management uses to determine their best estimate of ultimate losses and unpaid claims liabilities. Second, these reserve estimates can then be allocated to individual members to determine the outstanding liabilities and potential future assessments, if any. Finally, the allocated ultimate losses become the basis for renewal pricing estimates for each member. Pinnacle’s approach to estimating and allocating reserves in group captives is unique in the industry and sets our alternative practice apart with its efficiency and accuracy.

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.

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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