Self-Funding Case Studies

The Alliance works with our employer-members to put together self-funding case studies on their experiences to discuss topics like controlling costs, helping their employees get and stay well, and gaining access to their data to make good health care decisions.

Brakebush Brothers

pdf Doing Health Benefits Differently with Self-Funding at Brakebush Brothers

Did you spend less on health care benefits in 2018 than you spent in 2014? Brakebush Brothers did. Self-funding was the first step toward changing the health care cost curve at Brakebush Brothers Inc. in Westfield, Wis.


Colony Brands

pdf Everyday Wellness is the Order of the Day at Colony Brands
From pedometers and educational awareness to Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) and financial incentives for participating in wellness activities, Colony Brands is putting health and wellness at the forefront for their employees.

Colony Brands highlighted the organization’s accomplishments and struggles with health care benefits for employees in the following video, featuring Tim Wolff, executive director of human resources and Tracy Meier, human resources manager.


Flambeau is a self-funded employer that joined The Alliance over 20 years ago. Take a look inside the Flambeau facility and learn about their approach to employee benefits that uses value-based benefit design and includes an onsite clinic.

QBE Regional Insurance

pdf QBE Regional Insurance Uses Self-Funding to Control Costs and Create Consistency
This case study discusses transitioning from an HMO or PPO to a self-funded plan and how it has impacted efficiency in consistency, cost and control.

Rock County

pdf Health Care Vigilance Pays Off for Rock County
This case study explains how Rock County saw a reduction in health benefit costs after joining The Alliance.

Seats, Inc.

pdf Seats, Inc. Shares the Gains of Employees’ Health Choices
Seats shares the benefits of a self-funded health care plan by sharing data and information with employees, adjusting employees’ share of costs to reflect cost shifts, participating in initiatives to improve health care quality and encouraging employees to be proactive about their health.

pdf Seats, Inc. Sees the Benefits of Pursuing ‘Transparent’ Health Care
Thanks to a combination of health benefit changes, self-funding and engaged health care consumers, employees at Seats paid lower health premiums in 2013 than in 2008.


pdf Wellness Keeps Trek Bicycle Employees Happy, Healthy, Alive
Read how Trek Bicycle Corporation’s wellness program has gone from 21 percent engagement to 99 percent of employees covered by its health plan.

Trek’s wellness program is featured in InBusiness Madison:

Women’s International Pharmacy

pdf Women’s International Pharmacy Gains Insight, Information
Like many employers in a fully insured plan, Women’s International Pharmacy was frustrated by its inability to learn more about health benefit costs. The Alliance helped WIP transition to a self-funded plan.

Zimbrick, Inc.

pdf Zimbrick Drives Toward Full Self-Funding
Zimbrick, Inc., shares insights into making the transition from a self-funded option and an HMO, to only a self-funded plan.

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