Local Government Center http://nhpr.org en Amid Settlement Battle With Regulators, HealthTrust Announces $13.9M Refund http://nhpr.org/post/amid-settlement-battle-regulators-healthtrust-announces-139m-refund <p>Communities that carry <a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/" target="_blank">HealthTrust</a> insurance for public workers could split $13.9 million following a vote by the program’s board of directors. &nbsp;In an <a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/Resources/ViewDocument/857" target="_blank">announcement</a> late Tuesday afternoon, HealthTrust noted that the refund was bigger than expected. &nbsp;The money comes from another risk pool, <a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/Coverage#pl" target="_blank">Property-Liability Trust</a>. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:26:26 +0000 Amanda Loder 46054 at http://nhpr.org Amid Settlement Battle With Regulators, HealthTrust Announces $13.9M Refund State Moves To Strip Former LGC Insurance Pool Of Nonprofit Status http://nhpr.org/post/state-moves-strip-former-lgc-insurance-pool-nonprofit-status <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite a long-awaited <a href="http://www.courts.state.nh.us/supreme/opinions/2014/2014001localgovernmentcenter.pdf" target="_blank">state Supreme Court ruling</a>, the legal wrangling between the state and the former Local Government Center continues.&nbsp; This time, the focus is on the </span><a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">HealthTrust</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> risk pool, which insures roughly 50,000 municipal and school district employees in New Hampshire.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:52:41 +0000 Amanda Loder 44196 at http://nhpr.org State Moves To Strip Former LGC Insurance Pool Of Nonprofit Status LGC Takes Regulator To Court Over Reorganization http://nhpr.org/post/lgc-takes-regulator-court-over-reorganization <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/" target="_blank">Local Government Center</a> is taking its regulator to court—again.&nbsp; This time, over how the organization is restructuring.&nbsp; On Tuesday, the </span>LGC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> requested a </span>Merrimack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Superior Court judge to declare the restructuring legal. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:33:34 +0000 Amanda Loder 34364 at http://nhpr.org Critics Say Sen. Bragdon Serving As Head Of LGC A Conflict Of Interest http://nhpr.org/post/critics-say-sen-bragdon-serving-head-lgc-conflict-interest <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Local Government Center has a new executive director – to the surprise of many, it’s Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican.</span></p><p>But Bragdon’s decision to fill both roles raises questions about whether doing so creates an unusual conflict of interest.</p><p></p><p>The head of the state Professional Firefighters Union Dave Lang summed up the reaction of many on Tuesday.</p><p>“Um, we find the employment interesting.”</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:44:35 +0000 Michael Brindley 33085 at http://nhpr.org Critics Say Sen. Bragdon Serving As Head Of LGC A Conflict Of Interest Communities Take Fight For LGC Payout To Court http://nhpr.org/post/communities-take-fight-lgc-payout-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ten communities have filed a lawsuit to stop the </span><a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/" target="_blank">LGC</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from issuing refunds.&nbsp; Under a hearing officer’s order, by September </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Local Government Center has to return tens of millions of dollars to communities that for years paid inflated insurance premiums. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:48:12 +0000 Amanda Loder 32637 at http://nhpr.org LGC Issues Itself Refund While Coalition Of Towns Denied Voice In Appeal http://nhpr.org/post/lgc-issues-itself-refund-while-coalition-towns-denied-voice-appeal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the </span><a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/" target="_blank">LGC</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> issuing itself a refund to protesting communities being denied a voice in the Supreme Court case, there have been some major developments in the Local Government Center saga. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 30830 at http://nhpr.org Coalition Of Towns Challenges LGC Refund Plans http://nhpr.org/post/coalition-towns-challenges-lgc-refund-plans <p>Recently, a coalition of 12 towns has banded together to demand what it calls its "fair share" of health insurance surplus payments from the Local Government Center.</p><p>The sticking point is that the LGC recently announced it plans to pay back more than $52 million to communities that paid into their health insurance and property-liability risk pools by offering a premium holiday.&nbsp; That's basically the equivalent of store credit for buying more insurance.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:30:40 +0000 Amanda Loder 30587 at http://nhpr.org Coalition Of Towns Challenges LGC Refund Plans LGC To Pay Out Surplus To Communities http://nhpr.org/post/lgc-pay-out-surplus-communities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/about/whatshappening_detail.asp?row=1" target="_blank">number of communities</a> will get payouts this summer from the <a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/" target="_blank">Local Government Center</a>.&nbsp; Nearly a year ago, a hearing officer ordered the LGC to <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2012/12/06/what-the-lgcs-reorganization-means-to-communities-and-taxpayers/" target="_blank">return more than $33 million</a> in health insurance premium surplus to member communities. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:38:57 +0000 Amanda Loder 30263 at http://nhpr.org LGC Proposes Restructuring Plan http://nhpr.org/post/lgc-proposes-restructuring-plan <p>Nearly a year after the <a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/" target="_blank">Local Government Center</a> was <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2012/12/06/what-the-lgcs-reorganization-means-to-communities-and-taxpayers/" target="_blank">ordered to restructure and repay $52 million</a> to communities, the organization has laid out its overhaul proposal.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:21:46 +0000 Amanda Loder 28734 at http://nhpr.org LGC Proposes Restructuring Plan Interim LGC Chief Vows To Get Organization "Back On Track" http://nhpr.org/post/interim-lgc-chief-vows-get-organization-back-track <p>After Maura Carroll's sudden departure from the <a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/" target="_blank">Local Government Center</a> last month, former <a href="http://www.dred.state.nh.us/" target="_blank">Department of Resources and Economic Development</a> Commissioner George Bald took over.&nbsp; By shifting the LGC toward greater transparency, refocusing on customer service, and repairing the bitter relationship with its regulator, Bald hopes to overhaul the culture of the embattled organization.&nbsp; And put its years-long legal troubles to rest.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 24349 at http://nhpr.org Interim LGC Chief Vows To Get Organization "Back On Track" LGC Supporters, Critics React To Carroll's Ouster http://nhpr.org/post/lgc-supporters-critics-react-carrolls-ouster <p>It's been just a few days since<a href="http://www.nhpr.org/post/lgc-executive-director-steps-down" target="_blank"> Maura Carroll announced</a> she would step down as head of the <a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/" target="_blank">Local Government Center</a>.&nbsp; Today, there are still questions about her severance package and what the change in leadership could mean for the embattled organization.&nbsp; <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/" target="_blank">StateImpact New Hampshire</a>'s Amanda Loder has been covering the twists and turns in the <a href="http://stateimpact.npr Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:41:05 +0000 Amanda Loder & Brady Carlson 21913 at http://nhpr.org LGC Supporters, Critics React To Carroll's Ouster 12 Towns Push For Share Of $52 Million LGC Order http://nhpr.org/post/12-towns-push-share-52-million-lgc-order <p>A group of New Hampshire towns have banded together to demand the <a href="http://www.nhlgc.org/index.asp">Local Government Center</a> return a chunk of their insurance premiums.&nbsp; Last summer, a hearing officer <a href="http://www.sos.nh.gov/locgovctr/Filings/0237-2012-08-16_FINAL_ORDER.pdf">ruled</a> that for years, the LGC had overcharged communities for its health insurance program.&nbsp; And the LGC was ordered to return <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2012/12/06/what-the-lgcs-reorganization-means-to-communities-and-taxpayers/">more than $52 million to members</a> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:00:48 +0000 Amanda Loder 18226 at http://nhpr.org 12 Towns Push For Share Of $52 Million LGC Order N.H. Towns File Complaint With Securities Regulators http://nhpr.org/post/nh-towns-file-complaint-securities-regulators <p>A dozen New Hampshire towns have filed a complaint arguing they are being deprived of their share of $52 million being refunded by the group that manages health insurance pools for public workers and retirees. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:20:50 +0000 Associated Press 18213 at http://nhpr.org LGC Will Return $22.5 Million Surplus http://nhpr.org/post/lgc-will-return-225-million-surplus <p>The Local Government center will return twenty-two-and-a-half million dollars to its members. The board will return the money as a contribution holiday payment, which lowers the amount members pay over the coverage year. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:05:35 +0000 Sarah Ashworth 14715 at http://nhpr.org Sec. of State Holds Public Forum On LGC Ruling http://nhpr.org/post/sec-state-holds-public-forum-lgc-ruling <p>A public meeting in Dover raised questions about how the non profit Local Government Center improperly collected and retained insurance funds it maintained for state and local employees and retirees.&nbsp; Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:28:29 +0000 Roger Wood 11730 at http://nhpr.org