News & Updates
We tipped our hats to honor our members who, as Fritz Heirich, ASCIP’s CEO pointed out, joined together for insurance – to “create scale, improve quality, and reduce costs.” The result is rate stability and a strong financial position. A copy of ASCIP’s current Annual Report was provided showing a Net Position of $194 M. This means that members are assured increased services, continued stable rates and the security of funds being there when the unfortunate bad thing occurs. All were inspired to review the Annual Report to learn more about ASCIP in two activities. The winners were John Ziegenhohn from West Covina USD for “Getting to Know the ASCIP Team” and Anita Robledo from Garvey SD for “Can You Find It?”
2017 was certainly “a year to remember” for bad things happening with record losses nationally – hurricanes, floods, wildfires. However,
Imagine dealing with an auto repair in the same way we purchase our health care. Let’s say your car begins to have problems and you’re worried the thing could leave you stranded with no transportation. You make an appointment at a dealer, and based on your car’s symptoms the first available time to talk to a mechanic is 3 weeks from today at 2:00pm. When the date finally arrives, you’re not called from the lobby until 2:45, and the mechanic has to see another 10 people before 5:00, so he’s in a bit of a rush. He presents you with several repair options, but when you ask about cost he tells you that he doesn’t know — you’ll get a bill about a month after the work is done for an amount somewhere between $50 and $500. By the way, you probably won’t be able to understand the charges listed, and if you want to compare costs with other mechanics, none of them will have prices either.
The average consumer would never tolerate an experience like this with their car, yet we do with medical care. The good news is