Dec. 6, 2016

**Media Statement**

Comments attributed to PartnerSource President Bill Minick

"This new TDI report, coupled with actuarial data on Texas Option performance -- which we have extensive and verifiable results on -- provides clear proof that Texas’ competitive environment encourages innovation and delivers positive results. And while the report shows that the percentage of Option employers is down 11 percent, it is important to note that the percentage of employees covered by Option plans only decreased by 2 percent. Employers can and do move in and out of competitive alternatives, particularly small companies. This new report indicates that medium and large employers remain committed to the Option which in our experience is a very viable way to provide good benefits coverage and safe workplaces."