Member Services Manager
Mike Roche joined The Alliance as member services manager in 2015. He is responsible for working with Alliance employers on health benefit strategies; sharing data-based information to help members manage their health care spend; and serving as a voice of member employers.
Mike has a strong background in health benefits and self-funding. He previously served as a regional sales advisor for Digital Benefits Advisors in Madison, Wis., where he managed the health benefits for more than 160 credit union clients across 14 states. Prior to that position, Mike worked at CUNA Mutual Group in their employee benefits division for almost 10 years as an employee benefits sales specialist.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree with a double major in marketing and business administration and is licensed in both health and life insurance in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Montana.
Every bidder for your health plan’s business claims their network of hospitals, doctors and health services will save you money. But how do you know whether that’s true or just marketing hype?
When the annual physical exam identifies a significant health problem, that’s definitely a plus. But what if it leads to a “false positive” test result that results in more tests and possibly even treatment that the patient didn’t need in the first place?
It’s no accident that the most successful brokers and consultants are always learning.
It’s my privilege to work with brokers and consultants from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Along the way, I’ve noticed that brokers constantly seek information and ideas to help them advise self-funded employers.
If you’re a broker, you can boost your knowledge with The Alliance’s expanded courses on self-funding and health benefits. You have three options to explore.
1. Introduction to Self-Funding Courses
Want an introduction to self-funding or a refresher on the fundamentals? These courses will be offered on Sept. 6. They will also be available later this fall as webinars you can take from your desktop.
Self-Funding 101: Understanding Critical Concepts
Self-Funding 102: Managing the Transition to Self-Funding
Click here for details or to register.
Pass this offer along to other brokers who want to build a stronger background in self-funding.
As a bonus, both courses count toward the education requirement to become certified to offer Single Source Self-Funding™ to employers.
2. Advanced Self-Funding Options
We’ll continue to help you gain CE in 2018, when we’ll offer advanced courses on self-funding. Course topics being considered include:
Pharmacy costs and strategies
Value-based benefit design (VBBD) and centers of excellence
Employer best practices
Your insights about these topics will guide our courses. Take this two-minute survey on self-funding courses topics to share your opinion. And watch your inbox for event details and a link to register.
3. Alliance Learning Circles
Alliance Learning Circle events feature national and regional experts on current topics.
You are welcome to attend and bring your clients, including both current Alliance members and prospects. CE credits are available for most Learning Circles; check our website for details.
These free events feature national and regional experts in health and health benefits. Here’s a sample of upcoming events:
Breaking Myths in Health Care on Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Aaron Carroll, who is an author; blogger on The Incidental Economist, professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine; and host of the popular YouTube channel program Healthcare Triage.
The Different Dimensions of Well-Being on Jan. 16, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Alliant Energy Center. Look for speaker announcements in Moving Forward, our weekly email digest. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.
Find the full schedule of current events on our website.
There’s More to Explore
We’re also developing webinars on special topics of interest to brokers and employers alike.
These events are designed to tackle a specific benefits topic in roughly an hour so you can expand your knowledge without derailing your schedule. CE credit will be sought for most events.
Our goal is to offer information and ideas that help you – and your clients – achieve more self-funding success.
Get new ideas from The Alliance blog.
Check our events page for learning opportunities.
Find more resources on the Brokers and TPAs page.
Kevin Lamp, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of The Fall River Group in Fall River, Wis., recently shared his perspective on why members of The Alliance cooperative should consider participating in an insurance captive. Kevin’s remarks are shared below to help you decide whether your company can benefit.
The adoption of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) appears to be slowing. What does that mean for your efforts to reduce health benefit spending?
It’s one thing to read about self-funding. But it ’s another to know there’s proof that gives you the “gut level” certainty that self-funding’s advantages are real. If you’re thinking about self-funding, you might be reassured by this list of three ways to know that self-funding savings are for real.