LGC http://nhpr.org en Former LGC Insurance Program To Return $17.1M In Illegal Subsidies http://nhpr.org/post/former-lgc-insurance-program-return-171m-illegal-subsidies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Local Government Center insurance pool <a href="https://www.pltnh.org/" target="_blank">Property-Liability Trust </a>will return $17 million in illegal subsidies.&nbsp; This despite earlier protests that it didn’t have the money on hand.&nbsp; The money will go to another former LGC insurance pool--<a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/" target="_blank">HealthTrust</a>—and then be refunded to member communities.&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:19:53 +0000 Amanda Loder 49647 at http://nhpr.org Former LGC Insurance Program To Return $17.1M In Illegal Subsidies 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 Committee Dismisses 3 of 5 Ethics Complaints Facing Bragdon http://nhpr.org/post/committee-dismisses-3-5-ethics-complaints-facing-bragdon <p>The complaints, all stemming from former Senate President Peter Bragdon's hire by the former Local Government Center (LGC), were brought by Concord Democrat Rick Watrous.</p><p></p><p>The committee made short work of most of them -- dismissing charges that Senator Bragdon knew he was being hired to help the LGC because of&nbsp; his position in the Senate, that he used his status to get his job, and that appointed fellow Senator Jeannie Forrester to a committee studying the LGC to curry favor with his future employer.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:29:14 +0000 Josh Rogers 42526 at http://nhpr.org Committee Dismisses 3 of 5 Ethics Complaints Facing Bragdon Supreme Court Says LGC Must Pay Out Millions http://nhpr.org/post/supreme-court-says-lgc-must-pay-out-millions <p></p><p>The state’s highest court has upheld a regulators’ order forcing the Local Government Center to pay cities and towns $33 million in overpayments and to refund&nbsp; $17 million it transferred from a health insurance pool to a workers comp pool.</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:28:02 +0000 Josh Rogers 41623 at http://nhpr.org Supreme Court Says LGC Must Pay Out Millions Supreme Court To Rule On LGC Appeal http://nhpr.org/post/supreme-court-rule-lgc-appeal <p>The ruling hinges on the authority of a State Securities Bureau hearing officer, and if he had the power to impose precise operating standards for the former Local Government Center that aren’t specified in law.</p><p></p><p>The Local Government Center -- or LGC --&nbsp; which provides insurance to cities and towns, &nbsp;has argued that hearing officer Don Mitchell violated its rights in a 2012 order compelling it to return money to its members, and for its Property-Liability Trust to repay its HealthTrust $17.1 million.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:35:48 +0000 Josh Rogers 41568 at http://nhpr.org Supreme Court To Rule On LGC Appeal LGC Spin-Off Granted Reprieve By Court http://nhpr.org/post/lgc-spin-granted-reprieve-court <p>The Supreme Court has decided that Property Liability Trust does not yet have to pay $17.1 million dollars to members of the former Local Government Center.</p><p>The PLT is liability, workers’ compensation and unemployment coverage group, was split from the LGC.</p><p>That happened after a hearings officer determined it was using money from health insurance premiums to subsidize worker’s compensation for about a decade.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:53:39 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 37366 at http://nhpr.org 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 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