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RMS delivers good news across state 

by Jessica Wells, NCLM Communications Associate

The League’s Risk Management Services team is traveling the state again in April to bring important updates about the three insurance pools to your area. The half-day sessions are complimentary for members of the insurance pools.

As a self-funded pool, these meetings are your investor’s report. Risk management staff will brief you on the pools’ financial standing and its affect on your rates for all three pools: Workers’ Compensation, Property and Liability, and Health Benefits.

“We have excellent news to share on rates for all three programs,” Associate Director for Risk Management Services Bob Haynes said. “If you haven’t considered participating in one of our programs in a while, now is a good time to check us out.”

Director of Health Programs Julie Hall will also inform attendees of enhanced services and new offerings like supplemental medical gap insurance. With the significant changes in the health care benefits industry in the past four to five years, there have been fewer ways for employers to control rising costs without reducing benefits. This supplemental program will allow employers to improve benefits while reducing costs.

In addition, the Health Benefits Trust will report positive news regarding the wellness requirements implemented in 2014. Previously, half of medical participants did not get an annual physical, and 70 percent were not receiving their age appropriate cancer screenings. Today, 90 percent of participants receive their annual physicals and their age appropriate cancer screenings. The invitation-only Personal Care Management program was underutilized as well, at only a 6-percent participation rate, and now 91 percent of invitees are participating.

Members of the Property and Liability pool can learn about education offerings as well. The newest of the pool’s trainings for police departments is an active shooter course to help prepare for an emergency situation.

Risk Management Services Public Safety Risk Management Consultant Tom Anderson came to the League in August to focus on implementing programs like this. He is a former police chief with more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, holds a Master of Science degree in  criminal justice and is an adjunct criminal justice professor for Kaplan and Garner-Webb universities. He previously served as president for the North Carolina Police Executives’ Association.

This new resource is one of many already offered by the League including body armor grants, advanced Taser instructor training, police driver training, risk management consulting services, and online safety courses. Members of the Workers’ Compensation or Property and Liability have access to online training spanning more than 70 topics through NC Risk Online Training at rms.nclm.org.

The League’s insurance trusts were created so local governments could pool resources and self-insure. More than 30 years later, Risk Management Services continues to find ways to not only supply local governments insurance at a competitive rate, but provide services to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. To learn more about Risk Management Services, attend one of the regional meetings near you or visit rms.nclm.org. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP by registering online.