May 3, 2013
As Members of the Local Government Center’s (LGC) public sector risk pools, I want to update you on the work I’ve been undertaking, and give you a sense of changes we are planning.
When I was hired to be the Interim Executive Director, I was given three tasks:
On the issue of transparency, we are achieving great success—in our communications efforts, our outreach to opinion leaders, and our continued level of service to each of you. Information on our organizations is always available—either on our website or from staff. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have ideas for ways we can better share information.
Regarding the Order and a possible Supreme Court Appeal of that Order, please know we are complying with the Hearing Officer’s decision from August, 2012, as part of an ongoing process with our Regulator. We continue to hope we can clarify parts of the Order without the need for further legal action. It is my preference to work outside the courts and directly with the agencies responsible for regulating our risk pool coverage programs.
As for organizational structure, we are now separate LLC entities—New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA), HealthTrust, Property-Liability Trust (PLT). HealthTrust and PLT are governed by Boards of Managers made up of municipal, school or county elected and appointed officials. NHMA continues to be governed by a separate Board of Directors comprised of municipal officials. There is a change coming, however, which I wish to address with you:
We are entering into a reorganization which involves an unwinding of the current LLC structure with LGC as the “parent” organization. The Boards have voted to create a structure where each entity (HealthTrust, PLT and NHMA) becomes a separate nonprofit corporation or a “292,” in New Hampshire corporate-speak. This is a complicated process, with lots of moving parts, but the work on this actually began in 2011 when the nonprofit corporations were revived. The move to 292’s is projected to be effective July 1, 2013. A final Board vote by each entity will take place in late June.
The current Boards of each entity will be in place after the reorganization in July, with a commitment to go out to the HealthTrust and PLT members to directly elect their respective Board’s in early fall. The NHMA Board, as always, will be elected at their Annual Meeting in November. You will be asked to vote on new Boards for each entity at those times.
This action and reorganization will provide greater transparency, clearer accountability and will make for more focused operations—with an emphasis on continued, top-notch customer service.
Speaking of customer service, as we work on further clarifying roles and responsibilities between entities, we encourage you to reach out to us. To let you know, our phone extensions for staff changed last fall from three digits to four. If you would like an updated list of staff and phone extensions, please go HERE.
Personally, I also want to say thank you to the many Members who have contacted me over the last few months. Your comments and your questions are most welcome. I would be glad to hear from you anytime, and welcome the chance to visit you here, or in your community, if I can provide additional information.
I hope this great spring weather continues, and that you enjoy the weekend ahead.
George M. Bald, Interim Executive Director