Message From the Chairman

As chairperson of ECHIP since its inception, I am proud of our accomplishments. Members have seen rate stabilization and in many cases, decreases in health insurance costs, establishment of adequate future reserves and a stronger voice in the marketplace due to the size of the organization. ECHIP continues to provide our members with a robust wellness program and looks to continue working with our members to expand into other areas of coverage.

In my own community of Tolland, this past year has seen the lowest rate increase in health care costs in years, much of which I attribute to our inclusion in ECHIP.

We know that health insurance costs have a major impact on most Town and Board of Education budgets and to that end, we continue to encourage other entities to explore the option of joining ECHIP so that you too can gain the cost efficiencies we as members have achieved.

Staff and officers of ECHIP stand ready to work with you so that you may have the necessary information to evaluate this option.

As chairperson of ECHIP, I am proud of our accomplishments over the last year-and-a-half. Members have seen rate stabilization and, in many cases, decreases in health insurance costs, establishment of adequate future reserves and a stronger voice in the marketplace due to the size of the Organization. We are currently working to present members with a robust wellness program and look forward to working with members as we work through the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. ECHIP remains the only program of its kind statewide and continues to demonstrate the benefits of regional cooperation in trying to reduce costs and maintain an appropriate level of health benefits for our members.

— ECHIP Executive Board Chairman Steve Werbner, who represents the Town of Tolland, and also serves as Tolland Town Manager