1. How did you get introduced to the non-subscription industry?
I worked for CIGNA companies about 25 years ago and at that time HEB and HB Zachary were two premier accounts. HEB elected to opt-out of coverage and shortly thereafter Zachary and that was my introduction to the concept of Texas non-
2. How were you introduced to ARAWC?
As a local TPA specializing in non-subscriber claims administration, we try to stay involved in the community. At a TDI conference where I was speaking, I ran into Bill Minick who mentioned to me the vision of ARAWC and where they were going in
providing improved benefits for injured workers and cost savings to employers, which is in line with our company philosophy. I attended one of the first meetings and was
captivated. We joined shortly thereafter.
5. Why do you think ARAWC is important to your company?
The option to elect to provide an improved level of coverage to employees through the implementation of a non-subscriber benefit plan is exclusive to Texas and it is essential to continue to educate legislators and others of its benefits. ARAWC has taken on this obligation and it is important to us to continue to support their efforts. Their commitment to protecting and promoting the Texas injury benefit programs for all of us in this market is material to our organization
6. Have you had the opportunity to meet and chat with other ARAWC members, either within your industry sector or in general? And what has been your impression of
ARAWC and the organization’s efforts so far?
I have had the opportunity to meet several vendor partners and employer members and have made long-lasting relationships and friendships. I served on the Membership committee and had the benefit of seeing the inner workings of the organization. Their dedication to working with legislators to educate them on the benefits of Texas opting into Non-Subscription is admirable and appreciated. The volunteer work that these
individuals do is praiseworthy. I invite anyone who has the time or desire to offer their time to participate in the various committees.