June 18, 2012 -- The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) today announced that Berkley Accident and Health, LLC (Berkley) has upgraded to Premier Member status. Premier Membership signifies the highest level of support for SIIA and demonstrates a company’s leadership position within the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace.

“We are excited to become SIIA’s newest Premier Member,” said Christopher Brown, President and CEO of Berkley Accident and Health. “The association has been highly effective in representing the self-insurance industry, and our Premier Membership signifies our commitment to SIIA's mission. We expect self-funding to be even more important in the future, as health care reform continues to threaten our industry. With the growth in our captive and stop loss businesses, we feel it's never been more important to support SIIA's efforts."

Berkley is a direct writer for a broad range of accident and health products with particular expertise in medical stop-loss insurance, HMO reinsurance for health plans, and benefit captive insurance designed to help employers better manage their health care risks. Additional information about the company can be accessed at www.berkleyah.com.

Premier Members receive a special package of valuable benefits including: complimentary/discounted conference registrations, complimentary advertisements in The Self-Insurer, guaranteed opportunities for committee participation, invitation to annual planning meeting with SIIA’s board of directors, private meeting space at SIIA national conference, banner advertisement on the home page of SIIA’s web site, signage/promotion at all SIIA conferences, and more.

For more information about SIIA Premier Membership, please contact Erica Massey at (800) 851-7789, or via e-mail at emassey@siia.org.