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Published on February 16, 2017 in Property & Liability

Thermal Imaging Technology & Municipal Facilities

Battling the elements, water leaks (and mold!), preventing heat loss, finding fire, and improving energy efficiency. These are just some of the reasons why thermal imaging is an important tool for municipalities. At MIIA, the cost for damage from a burst pipe averages over $80,000 with the capacity to exceed $500,000 – reason enough to look into thermal imaging as a preventative measure. Read More

Published on January 26, 2017 in General

MIIA Presents Loss Control, Wellness Awards During Annual Meeting

MIIA honored 15 member municipalities for their exemplary efforts to control costs and losses, reduce insurance claims, and promote cost-saving employee wellness measures, during the organization’s annual conference in Boston on January 24, 2017. The conference was held in conjunction with the MMA Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Read More

Published on August 29, 2016 in Health and Dental

Substitute teachers and health insurance: Who is eligible and when?

Which substitute teachers are eligible for health insurance, and when are they eligible? It seems like it should be a straightforward query, but the answer, and statutory background, is complex. Read More

Published on June 1, 2016 in General

Seasonal employees and summer conditions bring risks

Summertime often brings a need to hire seasonal workers for municipal jobs, such as at summer camps, swimming pools, and with schools and public works departments. These hires, often high school and college students, create safety and liability concerns for municipalities – risks that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Read More

Published on May 18, 2016 in General

Depression Among Employees has Many Costs

Depression affects an estimated one in 10 adults in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and ranks third among workplace problems for employee assistance professionals – behind only family crisis and stress. Read More

Published on May 17, 2016 in General

Municipalities should begin planning for driverless cars

Driverless cars, with potential implications ranging from traffic and roadway adjustments to planning and budgeting, are another innovation that’s poised to raise new issues that will need to be addressed at the local level. Read More

Published on February 16, 2016 in General

MIIA 2016 Annual Meeting Presentation - The Future of Auto - Driverless Cars / Autonomous Vehicles

Driverless Cars Predicted to Reduce Vehicle Ownership while Reducing Industry Auto Premium with Assisted Driving Innovations. Download

Published on February 11, 2016 in General

MIIA presents Loss Control, Wellness awards

During its annual meeting on Jan. 23 in Boston, MIIA honored 12 member municipalities for exemplary efforts to promote employee wellness, control costs and losses, and reduce insurance claims. Read More

Published on December 22, 2015 in General

What the ‘Cadillac tax’ means for municipalities

One provision of the Affordable Care Act that is beginning to garner attention and debate is the so-called Cadillac tax, a 40 percent excise tax that will be imposed upon group health plans that offer benefits greater in aggregate cost than certain statutory thresholds. Read More

Published on December 22, 2015 in General

MIIA Annual Meeting activities announced

MIIA members are invited to attend the MIIA Annual Meeting at the Hynes Convention Center Friday January 22,2016 & Saturday January 23, 2016.. Read More

Published on October 29, 2015 in Health and Dental

Connecting with nature promotes workplace wellness

With the inevitable cold temperatures and snow around the corner, this is an ideal time to make the most of the available sunlight and fresh air and to plan for when it becomes a bit more difficult to venture out. Read More

Published on October 29, 2015 in General

The perfect storm: takeaways from last winter

Last winter broke records for snow accumulation and extreme cold. Unfortunately, for those working in municipal governments around the Commonwealth, it broke records for overtime work, building and property damage, and stress levels as well. Read More

Published on September 15, 2015 in Property & Liability

Risk planning for nonstandard municipal activities

With more outside-the-box activities – innovative town events, alternative energy systems, creative learning methods in schools, and other programs – careful consideration must be given to potential liability issues as well as long-term costs. Read More

Published on July 30, 2015 in Health and Dental

Strategies for combatting rising drug costs

If you’ve noticed your pharmacy bills creeping up, you’re not the only one. A recent report from prescription management company Express Scripts shows that prescription drug spending in the United States rose by 13 percent in 2014 – the largest annual increase in more than 10 years. And these increases don’t just affect patients, they affect payers and providers as well. Read More

Published on June 10, 2015 in Health and Dental

ACA affects workers’ compensation in 3 areas

Opinions still differ regarding the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect health care costs and delivery in the long term, but most agree that the landscape is evolving rapidly. Read More

Published on May 12, 2015 in General

Strategies for Diffusing Tension with Difficult Customers

Several methods Read More

Published on October 2, 2014 in General

Retiree Surge has Employers Examining Benefit Options

Here’s a startling statistic: 19,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day in the United States, a trend that will continue through 2030, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s a lot of potential retirees being added every day. Read More

Published on October 2, 2014 in Property & Liability

Return-to-work programs reduce injury costs

Job-related injuries are costly to employers both in terms of workers’ compensation and lost productivity. In response, some communities are implementing “return-to-work” programs to help them manage and reduce these costs. Read More

Published on October 2, 2014 in General

Meditation Can Help to Reduce Workplace Errors

Have you ever driven right past your own exit on the highway? Or opened the refrigerator door and realized that you forgot what you went there for? These are common examples of not living in the moment. Read More

Published on October 2, 2014 in General

MIIA Marks Annual Meeting with Awards, Elections

Board elections and Wellness and Loss Control awards were the highlights of the MIIA Annual Meeting and luncheon, held on Jan. 25 in conjunction with the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Boston. Read More

Published on September 16, 2014 in General

State of Emergency: ER overuse is costly

The economic impact of unnecessary emergency department use is significant. The cost of an ER visit is, on average, $580 more than the cost of a regular doctor’s office visit. Read More