Frequent Questions

How is Enduris different from other insurance providers?

Like our members, we are a public entity. We’re a member owned organization and we specialize in property & liability coverage and loss control services for special purpose districts. We exist for the benefit of members and are focused on delivering a long term solution that is affordable, competitive, comprehensive, and uncomplicated.

How do coverages and rates compare to others?

In most cases, our “Memorandum of Coverage” provides significantly broader coverage than offered in the private insurance market and at a competitive price. We provide many additional services at no additional cost to the member. 

Does Enduris have Occurrence form or Claims-Made coverage? What’s the difference?

Occurrence form is the preferred type of coverage. Enduris’ coverage is Occurrence form on all its lines of coverage. 

Occurrence: A provision of an insurance coverage document that recognizes a claim that occurs during the coverage period regardless of when it is reported. 

Claims-Made: A provision of an insurance coverage document that only recognizes a claim that occurs during the coverage period and is reported during the coverage period.

For new members that come from a Claims-Made policy, Prior Acts coverage is offered at no additional charge.

How do we know the Pool is solvent and will be around?

Enduris was formed in 1987 - 30 years ago. We continue to experience strong growth and a favorable reputation with members and within the risk pooling industry. Member equity continues to grow and our financial strength and operational excellence are evidenced by several notable achievements: 

  • GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for our CAFR, since 2005
  • Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP) Recognition since 2000
  • 97% Actuarial Confidence rating by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC 

We encourage you to read the Enduris reports for more detailed information.

How do rates stay affordable and stable?

Enduris’ affordability is largely a function of our ability to administer the pool operations at a significantly lower expense than a private insurance carrier. We are local and we are not for profit. We do not pay broker/agent commissions or fees or taxes. These savings are passed directly to members in the form of stable and affordable premiums, training opportunities, and risk management services.

Enduris' growth and diversification has resulted in increasing net assets. As member equity grows, the pool becomes less reliant on private reinsurance, insulating members from market cycles that can cause wild premium fluctuations. The result is long term stability and predictability for members.

Do claims affect our premium contribution?

Yes. As with private insurance companies, claims experience can have an impact on premium contributions.

Can our district be assessed?

Although Enduris is a risk sharing pool and our Intergovernmental Contract allows for members to be assessed, we have never assessed members in our 30 year history. Enduris’ current financial position and operational performance make an assessment unlikely.

How do we make changes to our scheduled property and vehicles?

In many cases, you can make changes online at www.enduris.us or by email. Of course, you are always welcome to contact our friendly, professional staff by telephone at 1-800-462-8418.

Who handles our claims?

Enduris has an experienced in-house claims staff to meet member needs quickly and professionally. We also contract with Seattle based Evergreen Adjustment Service, Inc., a fully licensed and insured adjusting firm highly experienced in working with governmental entity claims. 

As a member, do we have input into the settlement of a claim?

Absolutely – that’s just one of the differences between Enduris and a commercial insurance company. At Enduris we pride ourselves on the relationship we have built with members and we value their input. Much of the process of settling a claim is dictated by standard industry practice, legal counsel, Memorandum of Coverage and individual circumstances. Our member’s perspective is extremely valuable in this process.

If we’re not satisfied, is there a remedy?

Yes. Like our members, Enduris is governed by a Board of Directors elected from the membership. There is a formal process in place to appeal claim decisions to the Board of Directors.

How long are we committed to the pool? When can we leave?

Enduris requires new members to remain with the pool for at least one year. Thereafter, any member may leave the pool by providing 60 days written notice to the pool before the end of that policy year. The success of any risk sharing pool is largely predicated on a committed membership. At Enduris, we choose to nurture that commitment by building the kind of organization that public entities want to be part of. The annual member retention rate is consistently above 99%.

Are there higher risk entities in the pool that would drive up our rates?

Part of the success of a risk sharing pool is a sense of fairness and stability. Each member in the pool makes a contribution based on a rate specific to that public entity type. The contributions are also a function of variables such as claim experience, number of employees, property values and activity. The few members who engage in higher risk activities are insured for those specific exposures outside of the risk sharing pool so that other members aren’t shouldering an unfair burden.

What other special purpose districts are members of Enduris?

For more information about who is and can be a member of Enduris, please view our Membership List.

Would it be safer to be insured by a large insurance company with millions/billions of dollars in assets?

Not necessarily. Large insurers have more assets but also more claims and expenses. The key is quality management of the relationship between contributions, expected claims, other expenses, and assets. Insurance companies and risk sharing pools both manage internally for predictable loss patterns and both re-insure for large losses or catastrophic losses. 

What other services are offered? Is there a charge?

  • Various training seminars
  • Training library – check out training materials
  • On-line training modules
  • Contract review
  • Risk management consultation
  • Premises liability consultation
  • Employment practices legal consultation
  • Pre-Defense cost coverage
  • Full access to MRSC services

There is no charge to members for these services.