Local Government Center

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9:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Amid Settlement Battle With Regulators, HealthTrust Announces $13.9M Refund

Offices of HealthTrust, Property-Liability Trust, and the N.H. Municipal Association, all formerly part of the LGC.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Communities that carry HealthTrust insurance for public workers could split $13.9 million following a vote by the program’s board of directors.  In an announcement late Tuesday afternoon, HealthTrust noted that the refund was bigger than expected.  The money comes from another risk pool, Property-Liability Trust.  

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NH News
4:52 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

State Moves To Strip Former LGC Insurance Pool Of Nonprofit Status

HealthTrust, Property-Liability Trust, and the NH Municipal Association office in Concord.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Despite a long-awaited state Supreme Court ruling, the legal wrangling between the state and the former Local Government Center continues.  This time, the focus is on the HealthTrust risk pool, which insures roughly 50,000 municipal and school district employees in New Hampshire. 

Motion, Counter-Motion

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NH News
4:33 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

LGC Takes Regulator To Court Over Reorganization

The Local Government Center is taking its regulator to court—again.  This time, over how the organization is restructuring.  On Tuesday, the LGC requested a Merrimack Superior Court judge to declare the restructuring legal.  

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NH News
11:44 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Critics Say Sen. Bragdon Serving As Head Of LGC A Conflict Of Interest

Sen. Peter Bragdon, R-N.H.
Credit Sate of New Hampshire

The Local Government Center has a new executive director – to the surprise of many, it’s Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican.

But Bragdon’s decision to fill both roles raises questions about whether doing so creates an unusual conflict of interest.

The head of the state Professional Firefighters Union Dave Lang summed up the reaction of many on Tuesday.

“Um, we find the employment interesting.”

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NH News
12:48 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Communities Take Fight For LGC Payout To Court

Ten communities have filed a lawsuit to stop the LGC from issuing refunds.  Under a hearing officer’s order, by September 1st, the Local Government Center has to return tens of millions of dollars to communities that for years paid inflated insurance premiums.  

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NH News
7:30 am
Mon July 8, 2013

LGC Issues Itself Refund While Coalition Of Towns Denied Voice In Appeal

From the LGC 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.  

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Coalition Of Towns Challenges LGC Refund Plans

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

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.

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.  That's basically the equivalent of store credit for buying more insurance.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

LGC To Pay Out Surplus To Communities

A number of communities will get payouts this summer from the Local Government Center.  Nearly a year ago, a hearing officer ordered the LGC to return more than $33 million in health insurance premium surplus to member communities.  

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NH News
5:21 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

LGC Proposes Restructuring Plan

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Nearly a year after the Local Government Center was ordered to restructure and repay $52 million to communities, the organization has laid out its overhaul proposal. 

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Local Government Center
7:30 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Interim LGC Chief Vows To Get Organization "Back On Track"

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

After Maura Carroll's sudden departure from the Local Government Center last month, former Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald took over.  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.  And put its years-long legal troubles to rest.

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LGC Leadership Change
3:41 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

LGC Supporters, Critics React To Carroll's Ouster

Questions remain following Maura Carroll's departure from the LGC
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

It's been just a few days since Maura Carroll announced she would step down as head of the Local Government Center.  Today, there are still questions about her severance package and what the change in leadership could mean for the embattled organization.  StateImpact New Hampshire's Amanda Loder has been covering the twists and turns in the

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LGC Order
6:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

12 Towns Push For Share Of $52 Million LGC Order

The LGC disputes the 12 towns' interpretation of last summer's order
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A group of New Hampshire towns have banded together to demand the Local Government Center return a chunk of their insurance premiums.  Last summer, a hearing officer ruled that for years, the LGC had overcharged communities for its health insurance program.  And the LGC was ordered to return more than $52 million to members

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NH News
4:20 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

N.H. Towns File Complaint With Securities Regulators

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.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

LGC Will Return $22.5 Million Surplus

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.

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NH News
9:28 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Sec. of State Holds Public Forum On LGC Ruling

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. 

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