Twice a year here at ECCHIC, we have a workshop for our clients that’s as rewarding for all as it is invigorating to us. In the Spring and in the Winter, we gather together somewhere, typically in the St. Louis area. There we discuss what our pro-active cost managers dedicated to positioning the smaller employer to be able to use insurance, medical, prescription, and administrative resources the same way large employers do are doing to provide the benefits our clients want at a significant cost savings.
We just have one last Friday, and it was a great experience. We are grateful to have such smart, savvy clients, all of whom are small– and medium-sized independent business owners. These are the type of entrepreneurs that make this country so great and drive our economy, and they understand they need to stay on top of every aspect of their business to thrive.
We had a great turnout – about 25 companies were represented. While we work year round “behind the scenes” controlling and managing their health care costs, this is the time to get out front and explain in depth what we’re able to do. But more importantly, we get to hear from them as well. They are a challenging, fascinating group of professionals from all kinds of different businesses, and the more we learn about their challenges, the better we are able to serve them. Probably most importantly, they get to ask questions of us. This too is extremely helpful.
In addition to our clients, often independent insurance brokers join the meeting to learn more of what we do, and that was certainly the case here. While our approach to company health care in general and managed care specifically is unique, we share our program and offer the opportunity of other agents to partner with us whenever and wherever possible.
At the end of the day, we believe in the men and women who run small business and want to “level” the playing field for them as much as possible, and wherever and whenever possible. These workshops are key to doing that, and we hope to see you at the next one in the Fall!