Letter from the Chairman
Thank you for visiting the Scioto Health Plan, Southeast Division OHI website (SHP). On behalf of the SHP Trustees I’d like to share a little information about our history and vision for serving public employees and their families with competitive benefit options.
The SHP has been providing competitive employee benefits in the Southeast Ohio market for almost 3 decades! We proudly provide over 2,500 members in southern Ohio with Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Life Insurance benefits.
LEVERAGING HEALTHCARE EXPENSES
The SE Ohio market is challenged with limited provider options and higher unemployment rates that lend to our escalated healthcare costs. These costs are generally disproportionate to peers in other Ohio markets. In order to take control of our benefit direction, we partner with other public employers to leverage greater purchasing power and influence legislative impact on healthcare. This is achieved through Optimal Health Initiatives (OHI); a Trust founded by SHP in partnership with sister consortia across Ohio and Indiana.
OHI provides a multi option forum for effecting greater influence on employee benefits for public employers. There are three (3) membership levels to meet varying interests and employer needs:
- Political Action: As a Level 1 Associate Member, you would be represented by OHI in the jointly owned Coalition of Benefit Organizations (COBO), where we are able to provide information, education and influence to legislative representatives.
- Vendor Contracts: Level 2 Associate Members benefit from the OHI leveraged vendor service partner contracts. Although the contracts are negotiated through OHI, Associate Members OWN their individual contracts.
- Risk Pool Options: There are currently 3 regional risk sharing pools available to public employers desiring an expanded shared services, jointly administered option. Each pool provides local management including plan design, vendor selection, local asset ownership, and onsite staff selection.
Leveraging our purchasing power and engaging our employees in a collaborative advisory setting has provided a forum for maneuvering our health plans in an ever changing environment.
Our mission continues to be able to provide employees and their families the most competitive and cost effective benefits possible. As we move forward in a time of increased costs, we will maintain our success by working smarter, leveraging additional cost efficiencies, and providing political influence.
Sandy Mers, Board Chair of Scioto Health Plan
Chief Executive Director
Elaine has over 30 years of employee benefit management experience with an emphasis on self-funded plan management. She has successfully organized collaborative groups and coalitions to affect greater purchasing power. Elaine and her team have successfully grown the Shafley Plan Management Services (SPMS) client family from 10 employer groups to over 84 in Ohio and Indiana. This growth is in part due to an expanded distribution system with independent agents/brokers/consultants. Her industry experience includes Third Party Administration, Carrier/Medical Management, and Workers’ Compensation.
Elaine believes her best education is received each day from the many clients, employees, and service partners she is able to spend time with and learn from. Formal education includes The Ohio State University, Wilson Learning Consultative and Total Quality Management training programs.