Hot 5: Insurance, elections & policy teams

  • Published: August 25, 2014
  • Renewals For Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund Members

    The 2014-2015 Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund renewal packets will be mailed during the first week of September to each Fund Member’s pre-assigned Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coordinator. If you want to confirm who is your Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coordinator, please email Marcia Collier at mcollier@alabamacounties.org. The renewal packet will include an Information Sheet, new Participation Agreement, and a Declarations Page. No later than Oct. 15, these 3 documents should be returned to ACCA: 1) Original Information Sheet, 2) Signed and Dated Participation Agreement, and 3) entire original agreement. Please retain copies for your records. Once ACCA has executed your Participation Agreement, a copy will be forwarded to you. Any questions should be directed to Henry van Arcken, ACCA Director of Insurance Services, at hvanarcken@alabamacounties.org or 334-263-7594.

     

    LGHIP: No changes for 2015

    Most counties provide health insurance to employees and some officials through the Local Government Health Insurance Program. The State Employees’ Insurance Board voted last week to follow the advisory committee’s recommendation, so there will be no changes to premiums or benefits for the calendar year that begins Jan. 1. 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. The standalone board for the LGHIP has its organizational meeting in September.

     

    Final election line-ups

    Now that the deadline has passed for political parties to replace any candidates who withdrew from the general election, please email Brandy Perry (bperry@alabamacounties.org) if there were any changes to candidates for commission seats.

     

     

    Corrections at a Crossroads continues

    The work to protect county interests during the state’s prison reform push continues this week, when the County Prison Reform Policy Team meets with representatives from the Council of State Governments on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the ACCA office. The Council of State Governments has been brought in by state leaders to guide reforms. Questions? Email John Hamm (jhamm@alabamacounties.org).

     

    County policy work gears up

    It is time to get all of ACCA’s Policy Teams pressing forward for the 2015 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. If you have not been appointed to a 2014-15 Policy Team and you want to help review legislation, establish county positions and work issues both before and during the session, please email Sallie Gowan (sgowan@alabamacounties.org). The available teams are

    Transportation & Public Works, Transportation Funding, Environmental Issues, Emergency Management, Justice & Public Safety, Prison Reform, Elections, County Modernization Act III, Constitutional Reform, Tax Policy, Business License Reform and Ad Valorem Tax Policy. Volunteers are welcome!

     

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