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Published on February 6, 2024 in Risk Management

MUNICIPALITIES ADVISED TO BE READY FOR DLS SAFETY INSPECTIONS

Now is a good time to refocus on municipal workplace safety and ensure readiness for onsite inspections by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, the state agency responsible for worker safety. Read More

Published on February 6, 2024 in General

MIIA PRESENTS SAFETY. RISK MANAGEMENT, WELLNESS AWARDS

During its Annual Business Meeting in Boston on Jan. 20, MIIA presented awards to outstanding member communities and municipal entities to recognize their commitment to safety, risk management, and employee wellness. Read More

Published on January 5, 2024 in Property & Liability

CLIMATE CHANGE DRIVES MUNICIPAL PLANNING CHALLENGES

With changing weather patterns creating a growing challenge for communities, multiple sessions during this year’s MMA Annual Meeting will focus on the impacts of climate change, as well as what municipalities can do to maintain buildings and prevent costly damages. Read More

Published on January 5, 2024 in General

BOOST EMPLOYEE HEALTH WITH A FOCUS ON SMALL CHANGES

Setting big, transformative “New Year, New Me” resolutions — such as extreme weight loss or fitness goals — is a common practice, but experts ranging from the U.S. surgeon general to the American Heart Association say that aiming for smaller, more manageable goals can ultimately be more beneficial and longer-lasting. Read More

Published on December 7, 2023 in General

MIIA ANNUAL MEETING WORKSHOPS COVER TIMELY TOPICS

MIIA will present several training sessions during the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show, to be held on Jan. 19 and 20 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. MIIA members who attend any of its training sessions will be eligible to earn MIIA Rewards credits. Read More

Published on December 7, 2023 in Health and Dental

MIIA MEMBER FORUMS DISCUSS HEALTH CARE TRENDS

During October and November, the MIIA Health Benefits Trust provided members with an overview of the current health insurance landscape, including key challenges and strategies for addressing them. Read More

Published on November 2, 2023 in Property & Liability

ADDRESSING CAUSES OF SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

Slips, trips and falls — most commonly caused by wet surfaces, spills, and weather-related hazards — are a major source of workplace injuries across the U.S. Read More

Published on November 2, 2023 in Property & Liability

NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR WINTER MAINTENANCE

With unpredictable weather patterns and a volatile property insurance market, it’s more crucial than ever to complete comprehensive maintenance protocols ahead of winter. Read More

Published on October 30, 2023 in Health and Dental

SUPPORTING WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE THROUGH LIFE STAGES

The labor market gender gap is the smallest it has ever been, with 57.7% of women now working compared to 68.2% of men. Read More

Published on October 30, 2023 in Health and Dental

VACCINES ENCOURAGED AS WE FACE POTENTIAL "TRIPLEDEMIC"

Public health experts are warning about another potential “tripledemic” this fall and winter, with the convergence of flu season, the spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and new COVID-19 variants on the rise. Read More

Published on September 20, 2023 in Property & Liability, Risk Management

PLANNING, PREVENTION CAN MITIGATE PROPERTY LOSSES

Property insurance costs are on the rise, posing a budget challenge for organizations across all sectors, including municipal governments, school districts and other public entities. Read More

Published on September 20, 2023 in Health and Dental

MIIA RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAMS

For the second year in a row, MIIA received national recognition for its comprehensive employee health and wellness programs. Read More

Published on July 21, 2023 in Risk Management

Navigating Unemployment: Fraud, Complexity and Safeguards

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance recently issued an alert about another uptick in fraudulent claims, three years after many states were hit with an initial spike during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic Read More

Published on June 2, 2023 in Health and Dental

Many Factors Could Drive Up Health Care Costs

The combination of COVID-19 pandemic relief expiring, along with health care staff shortages, inflation and other general population health challenges, could continue to drive up health care costs over the next several years. Read More

Published on April 26, 2023 in Risk Management

Weather Trends Intensify Need for Building Resiliency

Recent weather-tracking analysis underscores a trend of rapidly intensifying storms throughout the United States, including storms with hurricane force winds and torrential rains. Read More

Published on April 3, 2023 in General

Police Turn to Co-Response Protocol for Mental Health Crises

Local police departments are increasingly implementing “co-response” protocols for calls involving mental health crises, where a licensed social worker serves on department staff and responds to calls alongside police officers. Read More

Published on March 1, 2023 in General

Municipalities Emerge from Pandemic Challenges in Stronger Position

Despite facing a range of new challenges over the past three years of the COVID pandemic, MIIA Executive Vice President Stanley Corcoran said MIIA members “have seized new opportunities to come out stronger and better equipped for the future.” Read More

Published on February 13, 2023 in Health and Dental, Risk Management

MIIA Presents Risk Management and Wellness Awards

In recognition of their dedication and commitment to risk management and employee wellness, MIIA presented awards to several outstanding member communities and municipal entities during the MIIA Annual Business Meeting on Jan. 21. Read More

Published on January 5, 2023 in Property & Liability, Risk Management

Facilities Director Can Be Key Member of Design Team

If your city or town is planning to construct a new municipal facility, a recommended best practice is to include your facilities director, or similar team member, on your design team, according to Ken Wertz, executive director of the Massachusetts Facilities Administrators’ Association. Read More

Published on December 2, 2022 in General

Annual Meeting Workshops Provide Education and Rewards

The MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show will be held in-person on Jan. 20-21, 2023, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Read More

Published on November 21, 2022 in Health and Dental, Risk Management

The Keys to Successful Wellness Programs

In recent interviews, wellness experts and town human resources and health leaders agree that offering a wellness program for municipal employees falls in the category of doing the right thing. Read More

Published on October 3, 2022 in Risk Management

Strategies for Meeting Property Insurance Challenges

The property insurance market is facing challenges on many fronts, from weather-related incidents and increased natural disasters to supply chain issues and rising construction and insurance costs. Read More

Published on August 31, 2022 in Property & Liability, General

Shovel-Ready Projects Receive Funding Advantage

Thomas Edison said, “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” That is the case with two Massachusetts communities whose diligence in creating sound capital plans allowed them to take advantage of new funding opportunities. Read More

Published on August 2, 2022 in Risk Management

Towns Add Safety Specialists to Reduce Risk

Adopted by private and public entities alike, a strong safety culture can prevent injuries, reduce operating exposures, and save money. Read More

Published on May 22, 2022 in Risk Management

IT Groups Are Forums for Information Sharing, Problem Solving

Heightened awareness about IT security and the dangers of cyberthreats for municipal governments has prompted state and local governments to band together to discuss cybersecurity and share best practices. Read More

Published on April 27, 2022 in Risk Management

Best Practices for Hiring Seasonal Help

Each summer, municipalities across the state hire seasonal employees to meet increased demand for a variety of jobs. Although temporary in nature, this spike in employment requires careful consideration to avoid safety and liability exposure. Read More

Published on April 12, 2022 in Risk Management

Cybersecurity Best Practices: Start at the Top, Build a Culture of Security

Organizations in every industry are worried about information security. Attacks take place nearly every day, often resulting in the exposure of vital personal records or attackers using data to extort money. Read More

Published on March 1, 2022 in Risk Management

Building Climate Resiliency into Municipal Properties

Recent reports indicate that climate change is warming the Northeast faster than most other regions in the Northern Hemisphere, and research released by UMass Amherst notes that the Northeast has heated by 3.6 degrees over the past century due in part to the increasing temperature of the Atlantic Ocean. Read More

Published on February 7, 2022 in Health and Dental, Risk Management

MIIA Recognizes Communities for Risk Management, Wellness Efforts

In recognition of their dedication and commitment to risk management and employee wellness, MIIA recognized member communities and municipal entities during the MIIA Annual Business Meeting held on Jan. 21. Read More

Published on January 4, 2022 in General

MIIA Celebrates 40th Anniversary, and 30th for Health Benefits Trust

MIIA reaches a significant milestone this month, celebrating 40 years of service and coverage to Massachusetts cities, towns and municipal entities. Read More

Published on December 6, 2021 in General

At Annual Meeting, MIIA to Celebrate its Partnerships

At the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show, to be held in person on Jan. 21-22 in Boston, the theme for MIIA is “Stability, Innovation, Growth: Celebrating Our Trusted Partnerships." Read More

Published on November 29, 2021 in Risk Management

Annual Meeting 2024 MIIA Rewards Eligible Workshops

These are the MIIA Rewards eligible workshops being offered at the Annual Meeting and Trade Show Download

Published on November 22, 2021 in Risk Management

2022 Municipal Cybersecurity Grants are open!

Applications for the 2022 Municipal Cybersecurity Grants are now open!! Read More

Published on November 16, 2021 in Risk Management

Technology Tools Can Help Manage Property Risk

MIIA was an early adopter of technology tools that help members reduce risk and manage their properties to prevent losses. The avoided losses resulting from investments in these technologies can be in the hundreds to thousands of dollars. Read More

Published on October 7, 2021 in Health and Dental

Staying Healthy in Upcoming Cold and Flu Season

Cooler fall weather brings about thoughts of apple cider donuts, football and pumpkins, but for people in the health and wellness community, autumn is a time for preparation against the coming cold and flu season. Adding to the burden is COVID-19 and the continuing spread of the delta variant. Read More

Published on October 6, 2021 in Risk Management

Maintaining Safety and Professionalism in Public Service

The unprecedented and lengthy COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the volatile national political atmosphere, have left many people feeling confused and on edge. Some are acting and lashing out in ways they might not have before. Read More

Published on July 15, 2021 in Property & Liability, Risk Management

Maintaining HVAC Systems Will Reduce Health, Equipment Risks

As students return to classrooms and employees return to their offices, it’s vital that communities make sure their HVAC systems are operating efficiently and effectively. Doing so will reduce the risk of equipment failure and provide a safer, healthier environment. Read More

Published on June 3, 2021 in Health and Dental

MIIA Welcomes New Medical, Dental and Vision Members

MIIA is welcoming the following communities and municipal organizations as new members to its medical, vision and dental plans for fiscal 2022: Read More

Published on April 8, 2021 in Health and Dental

How Employers Can Foster a Culture of Awareness, Support

Warmer weather and the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines are raising the hopes and spirits of many Massachusetts residents. A range of mental health impacts of COVID remain an issue, however, according to the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Community Impact Survey. Read More

Published on March 29, 2021 in Property & Liability, Risk Management

Weather, COVID, Riots, Cyberattacks All Leading to Insurance Rate Increases

Snow and arctic temperatures in Texas. Wildfires in California. Floods and wind storms in the Midwest. Tornadoes in Massachusetts. As weather and climate change-related disasters continue to grow, so does the cost of property insurance. Read More

Published on January 13, 2021 in General

Embrace Winter Walks for Better Health

Cabin fever has taken on new meaning this winter, as the cold and short days are exacerbated by pandemic-driven social distancing and self-quarantine. Read More