MASWCD MINUTES

Conference Call

October 25, 2007

 

Present

Fred Feldmann, President

Steve Radcliff, Area II

Not Present

Steve Oetting, Past President Bruce Biermann, Area I

Kenny Lovelace, Area III

Beverly Dometrorch, Area IV

Marie Iiams, Area VI

David Dix, Treasurer

George Engelbach, Area V

Sharon Gifford, Area VII

 

Harry Robbins, Area VIII

Peggy Lemons, Executive Director

 

Bill Wilson, DNR Soil & Water Program

Jim Boschert, DNR Soil & Water Program

President Fred Feldmann welcomed everyone to the call at 7:00 a.m. and established a quorum. This is a special meeting called to discuss the requirement of cafeteria plans for districts due to legislation passed this year.

Peggy and Bill Wilson explained the new legislation and that it now requires all employers who offer health insurance to their employees to provide a cafeteria plan also starting January 1, 2008. Peggy explained what a cafeteria plan is and how they work. They basically allow employees to deduct a portion of their salary pre-taxes that will be used to pay health insurance premiums. There are also Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts which allow employees to allocate money into the account to pay for out-of-pocket expenses such as prescriptions, doctor visits, etc.

Bill Wilson explained that the company who handles the state employee cafeteria plan is willing to assist districts in setting up cafeteria plans at an approximate cost of $100 per district. There has also been talk about the Division of Insurance coming up with some kind of assistance for setting up cafeteria plans, but nothing is available on that yet.

Peggy relayed the information she had received from AFLAC and how they would set up the cafeteria plan at no charge hoping that the district employees would also sign up for some of their other benefit products.

The representative from AFLAC has offered to have a booth in the Trade Show at the Training Conference to help explain the cafeteria plan particulars to district boards and employees. AFLAC is also offering a discount on their products through a group if the MASWCD wants to set up a group plan with them. This discount could range in the 40% area.

Harry questioned if there was any responsibility on MASWCD to pay premiums if a district did not pay. Peggy responded that she would get clarification on that but did not think so.

After discussion, a motion was made by Harry, seconded by George, to pursue the group with AFLAC in order to assist districts in setting up their cafeteria plans at no charge as long as there is no liability to MASWCD. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Peggy Lemons, Executive Director  

Fred Feldmann, President