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Salem City Council is expected to opt out of the state disability benefits program and instead offer its own coverage to employees.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Salem City Council will consider a resolution to opt out of a state disability benefits program during a meeting tonight at 7:30.
Council is expected to decline joining the Virginia Local Disability Program and instead offer its own coverage to employees.
During a council work session on Sept. 23, Director of Finance Rosie Jordan recommended to council members that the city go with a disability plan offered by Virginia Association of Counties Group Self Insurance Risk Pool, more commonly known as VACORP. Jordan provided data that showed the VACORP Standard plan is competitive with the state plan, which is administered by the Virginia Retirement System, and guarantees rates for three years, compared to the state plan’s six-month guarantee.
Many Virginia localities have chosen to go with their own disability plans, which will affect employees hired after Jan. 1, 2014. Localities must opt out by Nov. 1. The decision to not participate in the state plan is irrevocable.
In other business this evening, the council will consider making appointments to boards and commissions and will hear a program from Pete Lampman, president of Virginia Amateur Sports, which sponsors the Subway Commonwealth Games.
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