Middlebury, A.C. Solid Waste District receive kudos, insurance rate credits

In recognition of their participation in a wellness initiative, 76 Vermont municipalities, up from forty-nine last year, will soon receive checks from the association that insures them. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) Health Trust will deliver just over $320,000 in health insurance rate credits to the municipalities that successfully completed the second year of its Leader Program. Health Trust members will be credited for their wellness efforts in amounts ranging from a low of $101 (Worcester) to a high of $29,421 (Hartford). We are very pleased to be able to reward our members financially for a job well done, said Heidi Joyce, Sr. Health Promotion Consultant with VLCT. We know that our Leader Program asks a lot of our members, and we are very excited that they rose to the occasion and made wellness a priority.This years participation rates and scores have improved over last year. Municipalities that participated in the Leader tracked their performance on a number of wellness programs and initiatives during 2007. Each one filled out a benchmark survey early in the year, and then again in October to measure their progress and receive a final score. Actions by towns, such as setting up a health and safety committee or hosting a flu shot clinic, were rewarded, as were actions by individual employees, such as quitting smoking, completing an HRA, or exercising more frequently. Municipalities also submitted underlying documentation for audit purposes. The VLCT Health Trust Board of Directors approved the Leader Program as a way to encourage and reward municipalities for their wellness activities. The VLCT Health Trust has 255 member municipalities and local government organizations. It collected approximately $27 million in premiums in 2007 to insure 6700 municipal employees and their dependents. Members who participated in the Leader Program are: Addison County Solid Waste District, Berkshire, Brandon, Brattleboro, Bristol, Burke, Castleton, Charleston, Charlotte, Chittenden County Superior Court, Chittenden Solid Waste District, Colchester, Dorset, Dummerston, Eden, Essex, Essex Junction Village, Fairlee, Georgia, Grafton, Greater Upper Valley SWMD, Hardwick, Hardwick Electric Department, Hartford, Hartland, Jericho, Killington, Ludlow, Lyndon, Marshfield, Mendon, Middlebury, Milton, Montpelier, Morristown, Newport City, Norwich, Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District, Peacham, Pittsford, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putney, Randolph, Readsboro, Richford, Richmond, Rockingham, Shelburne, South Burlington, St. Albans City, Swanton Village, Thetford, Vergennes, VLCT, Vershire, Village of Derby Center, Village of Derby Line, Waitsfield, Wallingford, Warren, Washington County Superior Court, Waterbury, Waterford, Weathersfield, Westford, Wilmington, Windsor, Winhall, Winooski, Wolcott, Woodstock, Barre Housing Authority, Worcester, and Westminster. Highest Employee Participation Score:
Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District, small municipality 90%. Hardwick Electric Department, medium-sized municipality 77.5%. Town of Rockingham, large-sized municipality 67.5%. Highest Top Management Score
Addison County Solid Waste Management District, small municipality 83.7%. Town of Ludlow, medium-sized municipality 3rd highest score 70.3%. Town of Hartford, large-sized municipality large municipality 81.3%.

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