MMA’s State & Federal Relations staff has been working closely, on a daily basis, with the administration of Gov. Janet Mills and key state agencies, such as the Maine Emergency Management Association. If you have any questions or concerns that are relevant to the Governor’s office or state agencies, feel free to contact SFR Director Kate Dufour at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MMA is monitoring activity in Congress regarding a potential fourth federal coronavirus stimulus act, which would provide $250 billion in funding to all municipal governments. Last Tuesday, a bill was introduced in the House, the Coronavirus Community Relief Act (H.R. 6467), to provide direct relief to cities and towns, which the CARES Act did not do for Maine municipalities. Bipartisan support to advance this measure is necessary. MMA is working with our Congressional delegation on this issue. We will keep you apprised of developments.
MMA’s Legal Services Department continues to respond to a high volume of inquiries concerning the numerous areas impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, including: budgets, town meetings, elections, board meetings, staffing issues, land use proceedings and taxes. Many of Legal’s analyses have been posted at MMA’s Coronavirus Resources Web area. Our attorneys will provide more guidance as needed, and respond to individual questions from members. Call 1-800-452-7876 or email email@example.com.
MMA’s Communications staff on March 9 launched a Coronavirus Resource area on our website and has been updating it several times a day ever since. It includes news from MMA departments, announcements and resources from the Governor’s Office, Maine CDC, National League of Cities, examples of pandemic-inspired innovation from Maine municipalities – and more. You can access it directly at https://memun.org/Coronavirus-Resources or via our home page, www.memun.org.
Our Risk Management Services team, many working remotely, are available by email and phone. They are committed to providing the same high level of service that you have come to expect. They continue to investigate and manage Workers Compensation, Property & Liability or Unemployment claims or other needs related to each of those programs. RMS developed an advisory section that provides current and relevant information: https://memun.org/Insurance-Services/Risk-Management-Services/RMS-Advisories.
The Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust continues to provide customer service and support to its member employers and employees. You can call the Health Trust with benefits questions at 1-800-852-8300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Or, you can email your benefits questions to MMEHTInfo@memun.org. Questions regarding Health Trust billing and eligibility services may be directed to HTBilling@memun.org. Find out more by logging on to the Health Trust website, www.mmeht.org. For information on how the Health Trust is assisting members with health claims related to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, click on the Coronavirus Information & Frequently Asked Questions link on the left hand side of the page.
MMA’s Educational Services Department is developing new webinars and e-training opportunities, as we strive to help members continue to perform essential municipal functions during the pandemic. MMA will announce these new workshops and programs shortly. There are already nine video training offerings available at our website (www.memun.org), including for newly Elected Officials and new Planning Board and Boards of Appeal members. If you have questions about training needs, contact Alicia Gaudet at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Municipal’s Finance Department now accepts deposits via ACH transfers for contributions due for the Risk Management programs (Workers Compensation, Property & Casualty and Unemployment) and monthly premiums for the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust. If you want to take advantage of this payment option, or if you have questions regarding this process, please contact the MMA Finance Department at email@example.com.
MMA’s Personnel Services and Labor Relations department provides telephone and e-mail consultations on the federal Care Act and related Human Resource questions, as municipalities work through the impact of the stay at home order. We have sample policies and can assist in interpreting and applying your personnel policies and union contracts to the current situation. You can email us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.