Founder and Managing PrincipalCarl Schuessler Jr., DHP, DIA, GBDS

Engaged in the pursuit of EMPLOYER-BUILT Healthcare to replace the archaic Insurer Built Healthcare system that has ceased to meet the needs of employers and their employees.

We are an intentionally small “concierge” consulting firm offering a unique approach to benefits management for a select group of clients. We have chosen collaboration over competition and maintain healthy relationships with a cadre’ of like-minded consultants and resources throughout the United States

Being open to and encouraging the ideas of others allows us to remain on the cutting edge of thinking in our area of expertise, rather than developing the myopic view of the world that so often occurs in single source benefit brokerage shops.

Carl C. Schuessler, Jr
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Carl Schuessler is the Founder and Managing Principal of Mitigate Partners, a Risk Management, Cost Containment and Employee Benefits Consulting firm, which is a partnership of 30+ employee benefit consulting and brokerage firms that allows local management within a collaborative environment with more than 150 years of combined experience.

With more than 30 years of experience in benefits consulting and financial services, Carl pioneered the fiduciary approach to benefits advisory services. His interest in treating the employer’s money like his own, led Carl through years of research culminating in the development of his proprietary FairCo$t Health Plan, an innovative plan design seamlessly integrated with a HighPerformance Healthcare Solutions platform that provides best-in-class benefits at substantially lower costs while improving clinical and financial outcomes for health plans and their members. A founding Health Rosetta Charter Certified Advisor, Carl is a highly accomplished speaker and author who is engaged in the pursuit of EMPLOYER-Built Healthcare to replace the archaic Insurer-Built Healthcare system that has ceased to meet the needs of employers and their employees.

In 2017, Carl was selected as one of the first group of 30 forward-leaning Benefits Advisors in the U.S. to participate as a Charter Member in the Certification Program for Benefits Advisors. The Health Rosetta is a blueprint of best practices for intelligently purchasing health benefits that’s been sourced from the most forward leaning benefits purchasers of all types around the country. The Health Rosetta Accredited Advisor Program is an exclusive ecosystem of healthcare advisors who have illustrated exceptional transparency, innovation, and execution in the areas of risk management, employee benefits, and high-performance plan design. The Health Rosetta’s creator, Dave Chase, recently published a book that I think you’ll find valuable that also mentions us, The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream: How to Deliver World Class Health Care to Your Employees at Half the Cost.

By serving as a Fiduciary and Steward of our client’s health plan dollars, and focusing on how to reduce the cost of healthcare (rather than the cost of insurance), we operate more as Population Health Managers rather than as “Brokers”, allowing our team to specialize in Cost Containment and Risk Mitigation strategies that result in dramatic reductions in the overall health plan spending of our clients. Our more than 150 years of combined experience in benefit planning, allows us to offer our clients improved cash flow, “employer friendly health plans” and lower cost trends over time.

Carl has successfully networked with other trusted partners/vendors such as insurance companies, PBM’s, TPA’s, health care destinations, employee benefit communication companies, and onsite clinics. To the delight of his clients, he has a proven track record of bringing comprehensive HighPerformance Healthcare Solutions to businesses regarding healthcare costs, benefit design, improved medical outcomes, and improved employee communications. Carl is an employer advocate and provides easily understood solutions and encouragement to employers.

Carl is a native of Macon, Georgia, moved to Atlanta in 1989, and resides there with his wife, Missy and their three children, Mary May (22), Carl III (20) and Hattie (17). He enjoys children’s activities (coached 43 of his children’s teams), fly fishing, golfing, hiking, and hunting.

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Engaged in the pursuit of EMPLOYER-BUILT Healthcare to replace the archaic Insurer Built Healthcare system that has ceased to meet the needs of employers and their employees
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Office: (404) 941-5519
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Fax: (928) 833-2265
carl@mitigatepartners.com

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Engaged in the pursuit of EMPLOYER-BUILT Healthcare to replace the archaic Insurer Built Healthcare system that has ceased to meet the needs of employers and their employees.
  • Work experience
  • Education and Background
  • Awards & Honours
  • Speaking Engagements/Appearances

Carl’s work as a consultant has been nationally recognized as he is a highly accomplished speaker and author who is engaged in the pursuit of EMPLOYER-BUILT Healthcare to replace the archaic Insurer-Built Healthcare system that has ceased to meet the needs of employers and their employees

  • 1988-2002
    Northwestern Mutual Strategic Employee Benefit Services
  • 2002-Present
    Founding Partner / Managing Principal in BenefitStrategies, LLC.
  • 2006-2008
    Lockton Companies – Vice President / Producer Partner
  • 2015-Present
    Founding Partner/ Managing Principal in Mitigate Partners, LLC.

Charter Member of Certified Benefits Advisor Program

The Health Rosetta Institute

DHP – Disability Healthcare Professional

Center for Insurance Education and Professional Development/AHIP

DIA – Disability Income Associate

Center for Insurance Education and Professional Development/AHIP

GBDS – Group Benefits Disability Specialist

The Hartford Vault Program/The National Underwriter Company

B.B.A. – Risk Management, Insurance and Estate Management

University of Georgia

  • 2010: Northside Youth OrganizationPositive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Coach of the Year
  • 2018: Recognized as “The Top Social Media Benefit Advisers” by EmployeeBenefit Adviser

A founding Health Rosetta Charter Certified Advisor, Carl’s work as a consultant has been nationally recognized as he is a highly accomplished speaker and author who is engaged in the pursuit of EMPLOYER-Built Healthcare to replace the archaic Insurer-Built Healthcare system that has ceased to meet the needs of employers and their employees.

He has also participated as an author/contributor appearing in many podcasts and several books:

He has also spoken at many different conferences:

He also has appeared in various publications:

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“We were introduced to Carl Schuessler and Barry Murphy by Dr. Lee Gross from Epiphany Direct Primary Care and immediately realized that Mitigate Partners had the answers to questions that others were afraid to ask.  Today’s Health Insurance Environment is designed with one goal in mind: “maximize profits for the insurance companies”.  No one in the traditional health care industry wants to truly reduce the cost of health care for the patients.  However, Mitigate Partners has built a “better mousetrap” – The FairCo$t Health Plan utilizing some logical principles that everyone can agree upon: cut out the middle man, minimize administrative costs, pay cash at the time of service, and look for the best quality.  The mainstream health care providers are not concerned about the cost to the patient they are only concerned about keeping as much of the patient’s premium as they can by creating endless trails of administrative hurdles before authorizing a necessary service.”

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We protect your money like it’s our own, serving as the fiduciary and steward of your health plan dollars.
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Mitigate PartnersAbout Us
We protect your money like it’s our own, serving as the fiduciary and steward of your health plan dollars.
OUR LOCATIONSWhere to find us?
We have 29 locations across the United States.
GET IN TOUCHMitigate Partners Social
Follow our social media for news, updates, and events.