CLINTON — The Clinton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday was given an overview of the benefits of two Iowa organizations.
Julie Bray, from AC Root Agency, and Ross Sporer, a county risk management services representative, met with the Board of Supervisors to discuss the benefits of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool and the Iowa Municipal Workers’ Compensation Association. Sporer, who serves as the liasion between the IMWCA ICAP, explained that the IMWCA was started to provide funds for local governments.
“IMWCA was provided for the purpose of providing worker’s compensation to local governments in Iowa,” Sporer said. “And the only people who can buy or participate are cities, counties and 28E groups within the state of Iowa.”
According to Sporer, ICAP, which was established in 1986, is a self-insurance program for public entities in Iowa. The ICAP pool includes 70 counties in Iowa, as well as 60 fair boards, 271 other public entities and 326 cities. ICAP strives to give governmental entities affordable insurance. Along with the IMWCA, ICAP strives to provide affordable coverage for the county and other government entities. The groups were formed with the goals of having a program that would provide broad and comprehensive coverage at stable rates. They also wanted the programs to be owned by the members and the recognition that to keep stable rates, they needed to control the losses.
“Both of these groups spend an inordinate amount of resources, time and energy focusing on what can we do to help prevent losses from taking place,” Sporer said. “Now, obviously we have claims. We have losses on occasion. But our goals are to get everybody home at the end of the workday safe. Our goal is to make sure we assist in providing safe workplaces.”
Sporer told the board that he thinks both of these organizations have been successful in many ways. They have accomplished all of these goals and have shown that city and county government can work together.
“Both of these groups are terrific examples of local governments joining together and accomplishing together something that none of them could do on their own because of size restrictions and things of that nature,” Sporer said.
Sporer mentioned that Clinton County is one of the most successful counties in Iowa. Sporer stated that Clinton County was one of five counties given the Best Practices Award, which they have had since 2009.
They were also given an experience modification of .66, with 1.0 being average and lower scores better. Sporer called the scores “phenomenal results” and credited the Supervisors in Clinton County for these results.
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