Authority
Section 11-26-1, Code of Alabama 1975

Any group of counties, either individually or collectively, may establish a workmen's compensation self-insurance group for the purpose of providing workmen's compensation benefits for county officials and county employees. Member counties may appropriate such funds as necessary to the workmen's compensation self-insurance group to provide such workmen's compensation benefits.

Eligibility for Participation
Any county commission that is a member of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama is eligible to participate in the Fund. Some boards, commissions and agencies created by participating county commissions may be allowed to participate.

Coverage Provided
The Fund provides workers compensation benefits for officers and employees of participants. The benefits provided are those required by the workers compensation laws of the state of Alabama.

Regulation
The Fund is regulated by the Workers Compensation Division of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, as required by law.

Governance
The Fund operates pursuant to formal by-laws and is governed by a Board of Trustees as provided in the by-laws. The Board of Trustees consists of nine members appointed from participating counties. Trustees are eligible to serve no more than two three-year terms.

Claims Administration
The Fund contracts with a third-party administrator (TPA) to administer all workers compensation claims presented to participants. The claims are administered consistent with the workers compensation laws of Alabama and the rules and regulations of the Workers Compensation Division of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations. The current TPA for the Fund is Meadowbrook Insurance, Inc., located in Montgomery, Alabama.

Financial Administration
Each participant is required to make an annual financial contribution to the Fund. Contributions are invested and held until needed to pay claims and necessary operating expenses. The amount of contribution by each participant is determined by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of a qualified actuary. The Fund is audited annually by a certified public accounting firm. The Fund also provides periodic and annual reports to the Workers Compensation Division of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, as required by law or regulation.

Refund of Contributions and Earnings Distributions
The Fund's Board of Trustees frequently approves the refund of contributions and distribution of Fund investment earnings. Refunds and distributions are based on participant claims experience and other actuarial considerations.

Miscellaneous Benefits of Participation
In addition to the payment and administration of claims, Fund participants receive other benefits and services as described below.

Loss Control: Loss control services are provided through the Fund's TPA and include periodic facilities inspection, loss control manuals and instructional material, assistance in establishing local loss control committees, defensive driving courses, flagmen courses and many other related forms of assistance.

Specialized Claims Administration: The employees of the TPA that handle claims for Fund participants do not handle claims for any other fund or individual employer. In other words, they specialize in handling claims for county governments participating in the Fund.

Excellent Legal Representation: Most workers compensation claims filed against Fund participants are handled without the involvement of attorneys. When attorney involvement is necessary, the Fund retains only attorneys with extensive experience in such claims.

Important Addresses and Telephone Numbers
ACCA Workers Compensation Fund
100 N. Jackson Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Telephone:
Fax:
Fund Administrator: Henry van Arcken

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Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 11047
Montgomery, AL 36111
Telephone: or
Fax:

Claims: Connie Wilson
Direct Telephone:

Loss Control: Jerry Gill
Direct Telephone:

Policy Information: Belinda Bush
Direct Telephone:


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