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Our mission at the NCEO is to help employee ownership thrive. In partnership with the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and Innovative Captive Strategies (ICS), Scott Insurance Services (An ESOP-owned agency) is building a captive exclusively for ESOPs to help reduce insurance costs and gain control and stability.

We are excited to announce the launch of the newest ICS Employee Benefits captive: OWN Health Officially launched on July 1stOWN Health is a group health insurance captive designed for Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) companies. Partnering with the National Center of Employee Ownership (NCEO) and Scott Insurance as the advising agency, OWN Health will grow with various ICS agency partners across the US. The first two founding members of OWN Health are Freedom Construction and Kinzler Construction!

If you work at an ESOP-owned NCEO member company:

  • Complete this preliminary feasibility form and submit to [email protected]

  • Connect with us at the 2021 Fall ESOP Forum to learn more about your journey as an OWN Health Captive member. Join us for continuing education, get updates, and become a Founding Member!
  • Check out the most recent interview on The ESOP Podcast: Bret Keisling is joined by Loren Rodgers at the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and Chad Duke and Pim Jager at Scott Insurance who discuss NCEO’s OWN Health and OWN Risk, two new captive insurance programs that are only available to employee-owned companies.
  • Upcoming Founding Member meetings:
    • Wednesday, October 20th for the 2nd OWN Founders’ Meeting
    • Thursday, November 11th at 10:00 AM CT - 1st OWN Quarterly Call

What are the benefits of being an OWN Health founding member?

  • Establish and vote on early decisions regarding structure, committees, and future of OWN Health
  • Set the tone for the culture, “feel” and vision of the captive
  • Reap the benefits of learning best practices from your captive peers starting on Day 1

What can you expect at a Founding Members’ Meeting?

  • Meet your fellow captive members and professional partners ready to support you throughout this new business endeavor
  • Get an inside look at the OWN Health captive structure, inception timeline, upcoming meetings and more
  • Hear from other Founding Member companies and their perspective and journey to OWN Health

All ESOP companies interested in participating in the Founding Members’ Meeting should be working closely with their broker partner and ICS to ensure an easy captive insurance transition.

Captive Insurance is a group of companies that form to self-insure an insurance company owned and controlled by the employee-owned companies that form it. We are offering two types of captive insurance programs, one focused on health insurance and the second focused on workers compensation, general liability, and automobile coverage. Captives typically reduce annual premiums by 10% to 25%. Additionally, if claims costs are controlled throughout the year, remaining premium is returned to members. Captives also allow ESOPs to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Control and transparency over the insurance process
  • Access to Fortune 500 resources
  • Return of underwriting profit and investment income
  • Stabilize insurance costs, avoiding the big insurance market cycles
  • Asset Protection and access to lower reinsurance costs

    What kind of ESOP company is best suited for a captive?

    Companies in captives are usually in the range of 75-300 employees have annual revenues greater than $20 million. Smaller companies have too much variable risk (one person can account for a major percentage loss) and larger companies can self-insure on their own.

    The NCEO believes that employee-owned companies may be strong candidates for captive insurance for these reasons:

    • Employee-owned companies have better-than-average risk profiles.
    • Employee-owned companies are diversified.
    • Employee-owned companies benefit from strong cultures and long term focus.
    • Captive insurance programs will provide our members with more control and transparency over their insurance programs. We expect that the NCEO captives will provide long-term cost savings to our members and allow them to retain more of their annual premium each year.

    If you would like to learn more:

    • Complete this preliminary feasibility form and submit to [email protected]

    • Read more FAQs from Chad Duke of Scott Insurance

    • Contact Chad Duke of Scott Insurance to schedule a one-on-one meeting, [email protected]

    • We welcome participation by other insurance agencies. If you are an advisor or work for an insurance company that is an NCEO member and are interested on behalf of your clients, please contact Suzanne Vinson ([email protected]) so you can learn about participating.