The State provides a workers’ compensation program to approximately 75,000 state employees in accordance with Tennessee’s general workers’ compensation laws. The mission of the State in this area is to provide prompt and high quality medical and pharmaceutical services to injured state workers in a cost effective manner. Goals of the program include: (1) rendering compensability decisions to injured state workers within 14 days of their submission of an accident report form; (2) ensuring that injured state workers throughout the state have reasonable access to and receive prompt, appropriate treatments and levels of care from the health care community during their recovery from their injury; (3) providing lost time benefits, which represent salary replacement payments, to injured state workers on a biweekly basis to minimize the financial consequences of their injury; (4) payment of permanent disability benefits; and, (5) assisting injured state workers in returning to work at the earliest point possible, consistent with their injury and treatment plan.
To meet these goals, delivery of services under the program is coordinated by staff in the Department of Treasury, Division of Claims and Risk Management (DCRM). This division coordinates services for injured workers and serves a customer driven “quality control” role to ensure that employees are appropriately served by vendors with whom DCRM contracts.
Since September 1993, workers’ compensation benefits have been delivered through a third party administrator (TPA). The TPA serves as the focal point of service delivery and is responsible for investigation of all workers’ compensation claims filed by injured workers and for making determinations as to the compensability of accidents, subject to the oversight of DCRM. Once compensability is determined, the TPA makes medical and indemnity payments on the State’s behalf in accordance with state law. There are approximately 3,500 nurse triage calls a year and 2,700 claims administered annually.
Services requested in this RFP
The State intends to secure a contract for:
· State-wide workers’ compensation Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) services, including point-of-sale pharmacy claims processing, a mail order program, utilization management services, cost containment processes that apply state-mandated fee schedule review services to point of sales bills, out-of-network bills, paper bills, third party bills, and bills for physician dispensed medications;
· Physician Peer Review services including Physician Peer to Peer Review, Telephonic Case Management, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
· Telehealth based medical services.
For this particular RFP, the State seeks to engage the services of a Third Party Administrator to investigate, document and otherwise assist in the adjustment of claims or potential claims for damages to or loss of property, personal injury or death caused by the negligent act or omission of the State or a State Employee (as defined below) while acting within the scope of employment. The type of claims covered by this RFP are limited to incidents involving motor vehicles, e.g., incidents involving the alleged negligent operation of a motor vehicle by a State Employee, or any personal property damage to a motor vehicle allegedly caused by the negligence of the State or a State Employee. Heavy equipment and machinery are not considered motor vehicles for purposes of this RFP. Further, workers’ compensation claims are specifically excluded from the scope of this RFP. It is the desire of the State to modernize its approach to the adjudication of such claims, utilize a framework of Best Practices, and create the appropriate outcome for the claimant regarding his/her situation and damages, based on fair standards and statutory provisions, at the least cost to the State.
In general, a high level description of the services requested from the Third Party Administrator include:
· Desk Adjustment, which includes all communication with the State Employee, point of contact, potential or actual claimant(s), file handling to conclusion of all assignments made under the Pro Forma Contract (RFP Attachment 6.6.) that can be accomplished from the inside desk position.
· Appraisal of Vehicles from the field, which includes covering the outside inspection, appraisal, total loss workup, salvage value, and reaching an agreement on repair cost with the body shop that provides the repairs.
· Outside Field Investigations, which includes securing recorded statements from claimants, witnesses, State Employee(s); scene investigations; procuring police reports, fire reports, and photographs of scene of accident/incident; and all that is required and/or necessary to establish who was at fault for the accident/incident. This does not include accident reconstructions or surveillance, which are specifically excluded from the scope of this RFP.
· Subrogation, which includes identifying subrogation opportunity, and providing the investigation information to support the subrogation efforts and placing the other parties on notice.
· Providing instructions to potential claimants on how to file a claim with the State.
We estimate approximately 300 of these types of accidents/incidents per contract year.
WASHINGTON – House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said Monday night that “there’s very strong bipartisan support for preserving” the tax exemption for municipal bonds and that he expects to have a tax reform bill on President Trump’s desk before the end of the year.
“I don’t want to get ahead of our committee’s work and product that we’ll all see very soon,” Brady, R-Texas, said at the annual meeting of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association here when asked about the specifics of the expected tax reform bill.
Senior administration officials speaking on background told reporters last month that the tax exemption for municipal bonds will be preserved. But none of the so-called Big Six Republican leaders in the House and Senate and top administration officials who are negotiating the framework of the bill have confirmed it on the record.
Brady’s comment, made during a question and answer session at the SIFMA conference in a downtown Washington hotel, is the closest any of them has come to providing a public reassurance.
The RFP, all attachments, and all future communication regarding this procurement is available via this link RFP FN180745. From this point forward all notices and information regarding this procurement shall be posted there.
Proposers should not depend on separate notification announcing the posting of amendments or announcements related to this procurement and the Proposer is solely responsible for ensuring it has received and considered all such amendments and announcements in its final Proposal.
From the date of release of this RFP, until an Intent to Award is issued, all contacts with State of Wisconsin personnel regarding this RFP shall be made via email or eSupplier to Amber Rademacher (Amber.Rademacher@wisconsin.gov) unless otherwise directed. Phone calls to state staff regarding this procurement are not permitted during the procurement process. Violation of these conditions may be considered sufficient cause for automatic rejection of an Proposer’s response to this RFP.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Association of State Treasurers and its affiliate, the College Savings Plans Network, urge the President and the Congress of the United States to revise the Higher Education Act to include language in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to change the current federal financial aid methodology to:
1. Exempt up to $35,000 of the assets in all 529 accounts held by the parent(s) from counting as parental assets in determining a family’s expected contribution; and
2. Allow for the reporting of 529 plan assets held by grandparents or noncustodial parents as parental assets on the FAFSA and then not count those assets as income to the student in the following year when used towards eligible expenses.
As many as 800,000 New Yorkers with a disability could be eligible to enroll in a new savings plan that will not jeopardize their access to financial assistance through programs such as Social Security and Medicaid.
“We want to get the word out,’’ said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, whose office is administering the program.
Modeled on the 529 college savings plan, though without some of the tax benefits, the NY ABLE program allows disabled people to create a savings account with up to $100,000. Anyone, such as a disabled person’s relatives, can put money into an individual’s account, But unlike the college plan, the money would not qualify for tax deduction. Earnings do grow tax-free, and qualified withdrawals for such expenses as education, transportation and health care, are also not taxed.
Like the college plan, NY ABLE is run through DiNapoli’s office, which has contracted with an outside firm to offer participants one of four investment vehicles – from conservative to aggressive with more risks. Annual contributions to an individual’s plan are capped at $14,000.
The program is allowed under a 2014 federal law. A state law permitting New York to join what are now 28 states offering the savings plan was signed in December 2015.
DiNapoli and advocates said the program should help provide some financial security for disabled people who might otherwise lose key benefits under means-tested programs like Supplemental Security Income.
To be eligible, individuals must be a New York resident and meet conditions, such as being eligible to receive SSI payments and have a disability present before age 26. Those who have had disabilities present before age 26 can also participate with a written diagnosis from a physician, or if they blind or if their disability is one of long list of diseases and conditions on the federal Social Security Administration’s Lost of Compassionate Allowances Conditions.
Information about the program is at mynyable.org or 855-569-2253.
The Boost Saving for College Act could entice more people to contribute to 529 plans.
Some proposed changes to tax legislation were recently introduced that could make 529 accounts more flexible. These changes could also help make college saving easier and more affordable for low- and middle-income households.
The Boost Saving for College Act, which was introduced by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Bob Casey, D-Pa.; and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaksa, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to modify the tax treatment of 529 plans. Here’s a look at how some of the proposed changes would work, and their implications for 529 account holders.
The Saver’s Credit
One proposed change is that 529 contributions would be eligible for the Saver’s Credit.
This proposed credit would go a long way toward helping lower- and middle-income households contribute to a 529 college savings plan, said the chair of the College Savings Plans Network, Alabama state Treasurer Young Boozer.
Currently, the Saver’s Credit works like this: You might be eligible for at least a partial credit if you earn less than $31,000 (less than $62,000 if you’re married filing jointly) and contribute to a tax-sheltered retirement account, such as an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b). Aftertax contributions such as a Roth IRA or aftertax 401(k) also count, but rollover contributions are not eligible for the credit.
The amount of the credit is 50%, 20%, or 10% of your retirement plan or IRA contributions up to $2,000 ($4,000 if married filing jointly), depending on your adjusted gross income (reported on your Form 1040 or 1040A)….
The Senior Deputy Treasurer for Northern Nevada is responsible for coordinating the Treasurer’s Office budget preparation in conjunction with the Chief of Staff, Chief Deputy Treasurer, and the Cash Management Deputy; and oversight of the Cash Management and Debt Management Divisions of the Treasurer’s Office. This position will manage and oversee a variety of special projects which may include coordinating regulation amendments, Attorney General Opinion Requests and other office projects, as needed. The position will work in conjunction with the Deputy of Cash Management regarding contract negotiation and vendor relationship management.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) congratulated Rhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magaziner today for receiving the Council for Economic Education’s 2017 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award. He currently serves as the Chairman of NAST’s Financial Education and Empowerment Committee, and received the award for his work to advance financial literacy initiatives throughout the country.
In a statement, NAST’s President and Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller said, “Throughout his tenure as NAST’s Financial Education and Empowerment Chairman, Treasurer Magaziner has advanced innovative strategies that improve the financial literacy of residents in his home state of Rhode Island and beyond. His leadership during our recent Treasury Management Symposium provided state treasurers, staff, and hundreds of corporate affiliate members with important insights on the latest programs and strategies that effectively improve the financial education of countless communities. On behalf of the entire organization, I congratulate him for receiving this much-deserved award.”
The Council for Economic Education presented Treasurer Magaziner with the award during the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference last week in New York. The award was made possible by the Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation. In his lifetime, Calvin K. Kazanjian was an ardent supporter of economic literacy programs. Fittingly, entrepreneur William Forbes, for whom this award is named, helped catapult Mr. Kazanjian’s small confectionary company—Peter Paul Almond Joy—into an industry leader.
For more information on NAST’s Financial Literacy efforts please view our Financial Education and Empowerment committee page.