As health care costs continue torise in the U.S., more and more small and mid-sized employers arepursuing a self-funded strategy for their group benefits plan.

Self-funding was often out of reach for groups of this size, butmarket changes and new products introduced over the last few yearshave made it a legitimate option. For example, it's now possible toavoid lasering employees, and there are specific employeedeductibles as low as $25,000.

Often, when brokers explain these and other benefits ofself-funding to groups, the response is almost disbelief: Whydoesn't everyone self-fund their benefits plan?

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