The direct primary care integration the employee benefits market has been waiting for.

Spartanburg, SC – February 23, 2020

East Coast Underwriters, LLC (“ECU”), a leading Stop Loss Managing General Underwriter, announced today that it will embark in a new partnership with Acressa, the leading platform for building and forming Direct Primary Care benefit programs. This new partnership will allow Agents, Third Party Administrators, and Employer Groups of all sizes to easily implement Direct Primary Care into a self-funded plan and have preferred rates because of it.

Accresa is the first platform of its kind to capture and adapt all the advantages of a direct primary care (DPC) model to fit within the framework of an employer’s health benefits offering. Through its robust payments technology, easy-to-use administrative platform, and one-of-a-kind Affiliation ManagerTM, Accresa connects employers and their employees with a growing national network of primary care physicians, clinics, medical groups, and health systems all focused on a shared vision for delivering a better healthcare experience.

“We’re very excited to partner with Acressa to support employers in the implementation of cost containment strategies that are proven to deliver a better experience and tremendous savings,” said Aaron Wilkie, President of East Coast Underwriters. “DPC is an amazing opportunity for employer groups to get better access to care at a much more affordable price, and we want to encourage the expansion of models like DPC by offering preferred pricing through our underwriting for groups that implement a direct primary care benefit. Accresa is the most turnkey platform we have seen in this space, and we know it will bring significant value to all users.”

“As we continue to partner with a growing number of provider networks across the country, we have more of an opportunity than ever before to bring an end-to-end DPC offering to the group market,” said William Short, CEO of Accresa. “While our technology enables the network development, administration, and payments processes for the networks, we’re committed to working with partners like ECU that understand how to appreciate direct primary care inside a stop loss premium, in order to deliver a truly integrated DPC benefit to employers.”

Through the partnership and the solution it brings to market, Accresa and East Coast Underwriters will make it possible for employers and their employees to realize the full impact of direct primary care and other quality-focused healthcare payment models when incorporated alongside an existing self-funded plan, or in transitioning to a self-funded plan.

About East Coast Underwriters

Founded in 2001 and based in Spartanburg, SC, East Coast Underwriters has led the way toward sustainable health plan costs by taking a more personalized approach to medical stop loss insurance. We specialize in self-funded groups that provide coverage for 25 to 5,000+ members and pride ourselves on our unique set of solutions, plan versatility and competitive pricing that can’t be matched for the quality of care it offers. ECU’s sister company, Blue Ridge Captive Solutions is a simple, turnkey self-funded stop loss captive program that enables groups of all sizes to pool their risk – providing a more controlled, protected and stabilized environment for your self-funded plans.

To learn more about East Coast Underwriters, visit or contact: Jonathan Socko, SVP Sales & Business Development,, or Andrea Brokamp, Sales & Business Development,

About Accresa

Millions of Americans rely on their employer to obtain quality, affordable health benefits for themselves and their families. As healthcare becomes more expensive, employers have struggled to manage rising costs while still providing great benefits to their employees. Innovative healthcare payment models like direct primary care (DPC) have not been easily accessible for many employers, nor flexible enough to adapt and scale according to the unique needs of different employee populations.

The team at Ameriflex, one of the nation’s largest independent administrators of consumer-driven health benefits and payments technologies, saw the challenges facing employers first-hand. With a 20+ year track record helping tens of thousands of employers leverage new technology to innovate benefits delivery and payments, Ameriflex was in a unique position to reimagine DPC from the employer’s perspective. The result became Accresa: established in 2015 and now a proud member of the Ameriflex family of companies.

To learn more about Accresa, visit or contact: Anne Richter, Chief Administrative Officer,