Vice President & Principal
Consulting Actuary, Kansas City
Christopher J. Merkel has more than 20 years of insurance experience, specializing in managed health care. Chris Merkel’s experience has touched virtually every area in the health care sector, including serving as an Appointed Actuary, Individual & Commercial group pricing, reserving, Medicare Advantage annual bid submission with CMS, M&A, provider contracting analysis, trend development, financial forecasting, experience studies, and rate filing submissions. Chris has hands-on experience assisting existing insurance companies expand into new states and territories, as well as providing solutions for start-up Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) clients.
Chris also has several years of experience with Life and Annuity products. In both project management and Actuarial coding roles, Chris has worked with multiple top five insurance companies for their financial reporting and transformation needs utilizing SunGard iWorks Prophet.
Chris’ extensive system knowledge does not stop there. In various capacities, Chris has developed illustration and quoting systems for all types of insurance products across various software platforms.
When away from work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and children and gradually teaching them to golf. Chris also enjoys cheering for the Nebraska Huskers, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.
BS in Actuarial Science, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
Member of the American Academy of Actuaries