Creative Dining Finds 20% Savings with a Self-Funded Plan Rebuilt from the Ground Up

Creative Dining Services partners with universities, Fortune 100 companies, healthcare organizations and conference centers to provide a better hospitality and food service management experience.


In late 2018 Creative Dining Services (CDS) reached a breaking point after receiving their third consecutive 20%+ health insurance increase. The leadership team had grown disheartened after the traditional approach to employer sponsored health insurance left them with little time to evaluate and choose between a menu of bad options. When shopping carriers to get a better price didn’t
work, they were faced with having to reduce benefits or increase employee contributions, which felt terrible with wages sometimes starting below $12.00/hr.

“Like other growing businesses, we were once again faced with the lose-lose decision to either shift the additional cost burden to employees (up to 24% in one year) or reduce benefits. We knew there had to be a better way.”

Jim Eickhoff, CEO Creative Dining

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