LGHIP Deadlines | Hot 5

  • Published: February 1, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

     

    1. Deadlines Extended: IRS Reporting regarding the Affordable Care Act

    Counties participating in the Local Government Health Insurance Program (LGHIP) are required to complete and submit IRS Forms 1094 and 1095 to the IRS and employees. These forms relate to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and LGHIP has released two recent memos providing further instruction on how to obtain certain information needed to complete these forms. The IRS has also recently extended the deadlines related to these forms:

    • Provide Form 1095 to employees by March 31, 2016.
    • Submit Form 1094 to IRS by May 31, 2016 (if not filing electronically) or by June 30, 2015 (if filing electronically). 

    LGHIP Memos

     

    2. Association Advocating in Support of Local Laws

    ACCA is filing a friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court of Alabama in support of the position of Jefferson County. A Jefferson County local act has recently been declared unconstitutional based on the number of votes received during the vote of the body. If the Supreme Court were to uphold this ruling, hundreds of existing local laws will be in jeopardy of being found unconstitutional. Because of the statewide impact on all counties, ACCA has agreed to file a brief in support of Jefferson County. Stay tuned for developments in this case.

     

    3. Ready for the Legislative Session?

    The Alabama House and Senate are set to begin the 2016 Regular Session tomorrow at noon, county officials and employees have made significant preparations. The Association will be tracking hundreds of bills that could impact county government, and here are a few reminders about what to expect:

    Legislative Reports: Members will receive regular updates on the latest action and what’s coming next. These reports will be emailed 4 times a week – on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the session.

    New Tracking System: This year, the Association has moved to a NEW system that will allow members to track any legislation that could impact the function of county government!

    This memo provides everything you need to know to access and utilize the new tracking system.

    The Association staff has developed simple instructions on how to access and utilize the new tracking system, along with a 30-minute webinar to accompany these instructions. At your convenience, click here to register and view the webinar. Please have the instructions in-hand while viewing the webinar, which is pre-recorded and available at any time.

    Legislative Contacts Survey: Advocating for the best interests of Alabama counties often boils down to relationships, and many thanks to everyone who has already indicated the House and Senate members that they know well enough to contact on county issues. Everyone is encouraged to complete this brief Legislative Contacts Survey. It’s as simple as clicking a checkbox – all legislators are listed by name.

     

    4.  A Day on Capitol Hill

    Have you registered for the NACo Legislative Conference? If not, you’ll miss out on a full day on Capitol Hill, including face-to-face meetings with Alabama’s Congressional Delegation. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 19-24, 2016, and registration information can be found here. The Alabama attendees will hold a caucus meeting on Sunday, February 21 at 4 p.m. and then on Tuesday, Feb. 23 will meet with Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions in the morning in the Russell Office Building on Capitol Hill. That afternoon, county officials will hold sessions with their U.S. House of Representative members in the Cannon Office Building. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!  For more information, contact dkey@alabamacounties.org

     

    5. Training Videos for Departmental Safety Meetings

    The ACCA/ASA/Meadowbrook training videos that are required for two of the four Departmental Safety Meetings held by the Sheriff’s Offices, Jails, and Road & Bridge Departments will be made available in mid to late February. The Deputies will address the videos on “Use of Force” and “Motor Vehicle Operations.” The Correctional Officers will address the videos on “Suicide Prevention” and “Use of Force.” And the Road & Bridge Department will address the videos on “Pre-inspection of Vehicles & Equipment” and “Motor Vehicle Operations.” Details on the format of the videos as well as the process for the County Safety Coordinators to gain access to the videos will be provided in the coming weeks.  Anyone with questions regarding the SIDP should contact Henry van Arcken or Marcia Collier or call 334-263-7594.

     


    DRIVE Alabama Campaign Benchmarks

    The Legislative Session starts tomorrow, and there are a few miles still to go on the DRIVE Alabama Campaign Benchmarks.

    Here are a few suggestions for how to help:

     

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