Group Captive Insurance

For Healthcare and Senior Living Facilities

What is a Group Captive?

Group Captive Insurance refers to an arrangement where multiple organizations come together to form their own insurance company, or a ‘captive’, to finance their collective risks. Unlike traditional insurance, where premiums are paid to an external insurer, in a group captive, the member organizations pool their resources to pay for their own losses.

There are several types of group captives, including heterogeneous and homogeneous captives, risk retention groups, agency captives, association captives, and industry captives. The specifics of the captive will depend on the shared needs, risks, and objectives of the member organizations.

What Specific Insurance are they set up to Cover?

Group Captives are usually set up in a hard market, to cover a wide range of risks. The specifics will depend on the needs of the member organizations. For healthcare and senior living facilities, group captives could cover professional liability, general liability, property damage, workers’ compensation, and even specific risks not typically covered by conventional insurance providers.

What Kind of Organizations is Group Captive Insurance Suited To?

Group Captive Insurance is particularly suited to organizations with a significant cost of insurance and a willingness to assume a portion of their own risk. It’s an attractive option for healthcare and senior living facilities that face diverse and substantial risks and can benefit from the flexibility and potential cost savings that a group captive can provide. It’s ideal for those that have effective risk management strategies and are committed to reducing their risks over time.

What are the Advantages of Group Captive Insurance?

Cost Savings

By forming a captive, member organizations can pool their resources to save on insurance costs. These organizations often see lower costs as they cut out the middleman of traditional insurance providers., As they are member-owned entities, group captives can return unused premiums and investment income back to members.

Enhanced Risk Management

These organizations take an active role in managing their risks. This heightened engagement can lead to improved risk management practices. Member organizations typically shift focus from what risk management programs cost to the savings they can generate, fostering a proactive risk management culture.

Greater Control and Flexibility

Group Captives give member organizations with more control and flexibility over their insurance programs. Members can tailor coverage to their specific needs and quickly adapt to changing risk landscapes.

Continuity in Programs & Premiums

Traditional Insurance providers will adjust premium costs and even stop offering coverage when they wish to reduce their exposure in a particular venue. By self insuring, organizations can avoid this constantly changing landscape.

How Much Does a Group Captive Cost to Set Up?

Setting up this type of captive can require a substantial investment, often hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Costs include the initial capital required, professional fees for legal and insurance advice, regulatory fees, and the costs of management and administration. However, these costs can be offset by the potential for reduced insurance premiums and improved risk management over time.

Call Michael Richards as there may be an existing group captive that suits your requirements, that may accept you for a joining fee. A group captive that has been successful will normally be very selective of who they allow to join, as all members share in the risk and one bad operator can ruin the organization.

How Do We Get Started?

The set up involves multiple steps, including conducting a feasibility study, developing a business plan, capitalizing the captive, and navigating regulatory processes. It’s crucial to work with an experienced professional in the field.

Michael Richards of Westwood Insurance Group has a wealth of experience in setting up different types of captives for clients. He can guide you through every step of the process and help ensure the captive is managed effectively once it’s operational.

Group Captive Insurance refers to an arrangement where multiple organizations come together to form their own insurance company

Contact Michael Richards now

Michael Richards, President, Westwood Insurance Group

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insurance for hospitals

Hospital Insurance typically covers all or part of the potential liability for hospital services. It includes medical malpractice, accidents involving hospital employees and equipment, care during surgery or any other invasive treatment, after-hours care arrangements by staff who need help with their children and more.

insurance for long term care facilities

Long term care facilities must protect themselves against potential liability arising from incidents within their facility. Westwood can help you negotiate a package tailored to your long term care facility client.

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    alternative structures

    Westwood President, Michael Richards has extensive experience in setting up alternative structures for larger clients. Here are some examples:


    If you think your client could be large and stable enough to benefit from starting or participating in a captive or has a special need for another alternative structure, contact Michael Richards now by phone: 855 351 7487.