Health Insurance Rates | Hot 5

  • Published: August 10, 2015
  • 1. Health Insurance Rates for 2016

    In response to a projected shortfall of more than $25 million, the newly created governing board of the Local Government Health Insurance Program has approved a 7.8 percent rate increase for the upcoming year. This is only the second time in five years that LGHIP has had an increase. In addition, program changes include $5 increases for copays and generic prescription drugs, and there would be no copay for eligible prescriptions filled by a new pharmacy option (reached by telephone). This memo on 2016 Health Insurance Rates provides additional detail, and the topic will be covered in an Aug. 19  general session at the ACCA Convention.

     

    2. There’s Still Time: Employment Best Practices Classes This Week

    Members of the ACCA Self-Insurance Funds that are in the Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) will want to be sure to attend one of the regional employment best practices classes that begin this week. The half-day class is designed for supervisors (elected officials and staff members) responsible for hiring, terminating and disciplining employees. There is no fee for the class, and there is still time to sign up for the Opelika class on Wednesday or the Bay Minette class on Thursday. This Registration Form has additional details as well as dates for later classes in Prattville and Decatur. Questions? Contact Marcia Collier (mcollier@alabamacounties.org or 334-263-7594).

     

    3. Debt Set Off Deadline is Friday

    If your county is interested in joining the Income Tax Set Off Program for counties, please review this memo with forms for details about what has to be done by this Friday. The service has worked well in its first year, and now the pilot program is open statewide. This service allows counties to seek payments of debts through off-setting a portion of the debtor’s Alabama state income tax refund. Counties will have the opportunity to sign up once a year.

     

    4. ACEA Webinar on Thursday

    Every county is encouraged to participate in the 2 p.m. Thursday webinar for the Association of County Engineers of Alabama. There will be a review of the special session, update on the County Joint Bid Program and debris removal, plus an update on surface transportation reauthorization at the federal level.. Register online

     

    5. Talking Points: Exhibit Showcase

    The Exhibit Showcase may have almost a carnival atmosphere at times, but make sure you don’t overlook the solid value under the big top. County officials and employees want to maximize limited county resources, which can be a challenge considering the specialized nature of the goods and services needed. That’s why ACCA has 83 exhibitors under one roof – so you can research specifications and prices from competing companies as quickly as possible. Think of all the time you can save when you’ve got 10 different truck and equipment companies under one roof and 10 different roadbuilding materials suppliers together. The range of exhibitors is as varied as county government itself, whether you are looking for help managing inmate medical costs or architects to help expand a historic courthouse.

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