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County Asks Towns To Join

State:  NY

County Offers to Bring Towns into Self-Insured Comp Plan:

Dutchess County, N.Y., is offering to allow the municipalities within its borders to join its selfinsured workers' compensation program, the county said in a press release on Friday.

The county Legislature's Government Services & Administration Committee voted on Thursday to amend the Self-Insured Workers' Compensation Plan to allow new members. The municipalities of Beekman, Pawling and Unionvale are already part of the county's workers' comp plan and this year a pilot project brought in the towns of Beacon and Amenia, according to the press release.

"There is a real advantage to both the county and local municipalities to partner together for Workers’ Compensation," stated County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. "We have already seen municipalities in our pilot program experience impressive savings. This is one of our many efforts to work together with our municipal partners to reduce costs and improve efficiency."

The county said Beacon realized a 56% premium decrease after joining the county plan, saving $300,000. Amenia's premiums dropped 70%, saving $24,000.

The county said it contracted with PMA Management Corp. last month to administer workers' compensation claims.

Dutchess County is in the Hudson Valley region of New York state. Poughkeepsie is the county seat.

Source: Dutchess County, N.Y.

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