Hot 5: Health insurance, transportation $ & more

  • Published: August 4, 2014
  • LGHIP: No changes recommended

    Most counties provide health insurance to employees and some officials through the Local Government Health Insurance Program. The Local Government Advisory Committee has recommended no changes to premiums or benefits for the calendar year that begins Jan. 1. The committee’s recommendation still must be approved by the State Employees’ Insurance Board, which has historically honored the committee’s wishes. If the SEIB agrees, employees could still see changes in their portion of the premium, because the employer/employee split is decided at the local level. This is the last cycle where the premiums and benefit structure will be set by the State Employees’ Insurance Board, which has run the program since it began in 1993. The standalone board for the LGHIP has its organizational meeting in September.

     

     

    ACCA needs you!

    In practical terms, “67 counties, ONE voice” comes to life when the elected representatives of ACCA’s 12 districts come together around a conference table to work through a tough issue facing counties. There are two bodies like that – ACCA’s Board of Directors and ACCA’s Legislative Committee. The board has broad responsibilities for oversight, and the committee is tightly focused on issues at the Alabama State House.  Elections for both bodies occur at the annual convention. If you are a commissioner, chair or probate judge/chair who would like to serve in one of these roles, please return this form no later than Friday.

     

     

     

    Safety coordinator training topics

    The topics and presenters for the required safety coordinator training are now available, with sessions specific to injury management, behavior based safety and focusing your efforts. Presenters will include experts from Meadowbrook Insurance Group as well as Kelly Crowell, safety coordinator for Houston County. This training is required for members of the ACCA Self-Insurance Funds that want to earn the safety incentive discount.

     

     

    Bring your clubs!

    Additional golfers are needed for the ACCA Annual Convention Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug.18. Tee time is 1 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Golf Club. The cost is $10 for county officials and employees.  If you are interested in playing, please email Donna Key (dkey@alabamacounties.org) or Jennifer Datcher (jdatcher@alabamacounties.org) no later than Friday.

     

     

    Highway Trust Fund, MAP-21 bill goes to White House

    Before leaving for their August recess, members of Congress passed a short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent and extend the current surface transportation law – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) – through May of next year. The bill awaits the president’s signature. Additional information from NACo is available online.