NEWS (11/13/2017): Counties’ fund announces yet another record dividend for workers’ comp members

Members of the Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) will receive $3.2 million in premium dividends this fall, the largest single-year dividend in the fund’s nearly 40-year history.

These dividends result from “surplus” funds from policy premiums paid by members, but not utilized due to the fund’s excellent claims management and innovative loss prevention strategies, explained Timothy K. McGuire, the fund’s administrator.

“The focus of the fund is on employee protection,” McGuire said. “We do webinars, newsletters, on-site safety visits, whatever we can to assist our members in identifying ways to prevent injuries. When injuries are prevented, claims go down, which leads to these premium dividends.”

The fund, a nonprofit, member-owned pool, was started in 1979. Its 81 members include county governments, medical care facilities, housing commissions, road commissions, transport authorities, community mental health agencies and villages.

“As a long-time board member, it’s so gratifying to see the cycle of innovation and investment leading to better and better results for our members,” said Doug Johnson, president of the fund’s board and a commissioner for Otsego County.

In addition to issuing record dividends, the fund continues its Loss Prevention Grants program, which, after a round of grants in September, has now provided more than $150,000 since 2014. These grants help members to make investments in equipment to protect employees on the job.

NEWS (11/7/2017): Counties’ fund announces largest dividend in its nearly 40-year history

Members of the Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) will receive $3.1 million in premium dividends this fall, the largest single-year dividend in the fund’s nearly 40-year history.

These dividends result from “surplus” funds from policy premiums paid by members, but not utilized due to the fund’s excellent claims management and innovative loss prevention strategies, explained Timothy K. McGuire, the fund’s administrator.

“We send out so much material on how to protect employees – webinars, email blasts, newsletters, on-site consultant visits – that I’m sure members get a little annoyed,” McGuire said. “Of course, all that work pays off at the end of the year when we get return so many dollars to them in dividends. As we did last year, we are issuing a record dividend – and maintaining our strong financial history that goes back four decades.

The fund, a nonprofit, member-owned pool, was started in 1979. Its 83 members stretch from Gogebic County in the western Upper Peninsula to Monroe County in Southeast Michigan. In addition to county governments, the fund insures medical care facilities, housing commissions, road commissions, transport authorities, community mental health agencies and two villages.

The dividend announcement comes on the heels of another milestone for the fund: passing the $100,000 in total grants issued under its Loss Prevention Grants Program.

Since its adoption in 2014, the program has issued about $125,000 in grants to nearly 50 member entities to pay for ergonomic office equipment, officer protective gear and other items to boost employee safety.

NEWS (9/28/17): MCWCF issues more than $17,000 to county agencies for employee safety purchases


The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) has issued grants to agencies in six counties to help reduce employee accidents and injuries, the fund announced Sept. 26.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this second round of grants in 2017, the fund has issued more than $33,000 to members this year, and more than $150,000 over the course of the program so far.

 RECIPIENT  Amount Project
 Alpena County  $3,500  Security wall
 Chippewa County 911  $4,243  Ergonomic chairs
 Delta County Airport  $1,385  Ergonomic equipment
 Isabella County Adult Day Program $2,526.82  Power lifts, patient sliders
Livingston County Emergency Mgt. $1,095.30  Personal protection gear
Newaygo County  $4,662  Ergonomic workstations
TOTAL GRANTS  $17,412

“Thank you so much for aiding in promoting the safety of our employees,” said Kelly Smith, manager of Delta County Airport.

“Oh my gosh! Thank you! I’m so happy for my staff (and their backs),” wrote Michelle Robbins of Chippewa County.

“The response from our membership to this initiative has been outstanding,” explained Timothy K. McGuire, administrator. “We are protecting public employees and conserving precious public dollars. Our board members could not be more pleased with this progress.”

NEWS (9/21/17): MCWCF issues another $28,000 to county agencies for employee safety purchases

The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) announced grants to agencies in nine counties to help reduce employee accidents and injuries on Sept. 17 at the 2016 Michigan Association of Counties Annual Conference.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this round of grants, totaling nearly $28,000, the MCWCF has now handed out about $125,000.

RECIPIENT AMOUNT PROJECT
Alger County Sheriff’s Off. $4,692 Officer vests, prisoner handling chair
Antrim County $2,336 Ergonomic chairs
Branch County $1,500 Employee wellness system
Chippewa County Sheriff’s Off. $3,200 RACC belts
Livingston Prosecutor’s Office $3,280 Ergonomic office equipment
Livingston Transportation $1,720 Headsets
Mackinac Sheriff’s Off. $500 Ergonomic workstation
Newaygo County $4,664 Ergonomic workstations
Otsego County Library $952 Office safety equipment
Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Off. $4,995 Ergonomic workstations
TOTAL GRANTS $27,839

“What wonderful news! Thank you so much!” said Cindy Campbell of the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office, which will invest in modern workstations that help prevent repetitive injuries.”

“Our Loss Prevention Grants Program continues to make a difference for our members and their employees,” said Timothy K. McGuire, the fund’s executive director. “Of course, the ultimate winners here are taxpayers, who know their public servants are working to reduce injuries and health costs.”

NEWS (6/2/2017): MCWCF issues $16,000 to county agencies for employee safety purchases

The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) has issued grants to agencies in four counties to help reduce employee accidents and injuries, the nonprofit fund announced today.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this round of grants, totaling $16,006, the MCWCF has now handed out more than $140,000 to member agencies across Michigan.

RECIPIENT AMOUNT PROJECT
Gogebic County $1,320 Ergonomic chairs
Kalkaska Co. Sheriff’s Office $2,308.01 Tasers
Otsego County $2,732.60 Workstations, safety vests
Otsego Judicial System $4,988 Workstations
Roscommon Co. Sheriff’s Office $4,657.93 Ergonomic chairs, workstations
TOTAL GRANTS $16,006.54

“We conceived of the grants program as a way to invest in our members and their employees,” explained Timothy K. McGuire, administrator of the fund. “And the results speak for themselves. Each of the projects funded represents an investment in employee safety.”

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