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First Board Meeting of Year Brings Unexpected Change

January 30, 2020

MCIT convened its organizational meeting Jan. 10. The first order of business was the election of officers. Recognizing the tenure and experience of the existing officers, board members cast unanimous ballots to return incumbents to the roles of chair, vice chair and secretary-treasurer. This will be Sherburne County Commissioner Felix Schmiesing’s second year leading the …

Sand Creek EAP Acquired by AllOne Health

January 30, 2020

Sand Creek, MCIT’s long-time administrator of the employee assistance program (EAP), underwent a change of ownership in 2019. For 25 years, Sand Creek was locally owned and operated out of Stillwater, Minn., by founders Gretchen Stein and Joan Sirotiak. Although the new owner, All-One Health, is based in Pennsylvania, members will see virtually no change …

EAP Network Responds to Law Enforcement Needs

January 30, 2020

To meet the demographic, geographic, personal and professional needs of members’ employees, Sand Creek, MCIT’s Employee Assistance Program administrator, welcomes and encourages providers from diverse backgrounds to join their network of highly qualified counselors, particularly those with experience in or who have worked with law enforcement and other first responders. Sand Creek currently has 15 …

Workers’ Compensation: Use of PBM Prescription Cards Now Required

January 30, 2020

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 176.135, employees who sustain a work-related injury or illness are now required to use the prescription card issued to him or her by the workers’ compensation provider to purchase prescriptions necessary to treat his or her work-related injury or illness. For MCIT members, that means the card issued by AWPRx, …

MCIT Issues Call for Board Member Candidates

January 15, 2020

MCIT is seeking candidates to fill a mid-term vacancy on the board of directors created by the resignation of Washington County Auditor-Treasurer Kevin Corbid. The position is open to all MCIT member county commissioners, county auditors and county auditor-treasurers. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 5, 2020. (See call for candidates letter.) According to MCIT …

Prepare Now to Submit EDP Inventory in Spring

December 27, 2019

Members must submit an annual inventory of electronic data processing (EDP) equipment to MCIT by April 30. The inventory includes all EDP equipment that it wants covered. Now is the time to start working on this update, adding equipment that has been purchased, deleting items that have been removed from service and adjusting replacement costs …

Counties Shine During 2019, Earn MCIT Awards

December 23, 2019

MCIT Board Chair Felix Schmiesing announced the recipients of MCIT awards during the 2019 Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust Annual Membership Meeting held in St. Cloud Dec. 9. Preventing and mitigating losses is important to the overall success and stability of MCIT, so every year MCIT recognizes three counties that excel at risk management and loss …

Annual Meeting Recognizes 40 Successful Years

December 23, 2019

The State/Sunwood Room at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud was nearly at capacity when Board Chair Felix Schmiesing called the 40th MCIT Annual Meeting to order Dec. 9. Finance Manager Cheri Donovan reviewed the finances of MCIT. She announced that MCIT had again received an unmodified audit opinion for 2018 from the independent audit …

New Pharmacy Benefits Manager Takes Effect Today

December 17, 2019

As of today, AWPRx is MCIT’s new pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). The change in vendors means that employees choosing to use the PBM to fill prescriptions for their work-related injury need to replace their MyMatrix card with the one issued by AWPRx. Newly Injured Employees Starting today, employers should provide an employee who is injured …

In 2020, Final Phase of On-site Property Appraisals

November 22, 2019

Over the years, MCIT has stressed that members schedule their buildings and assign accurate replacement cost values to those buildings. This ensures adequate coverage in the event of loss or damage. Having accurate scheduled replacement cost limits ensures that buildings can be repaired or replaced without the added financial stress of insufficient coverage. To assist …