State Employees, Go Check out My Pith Post

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14 thoughts on “State Employees, Go Check out My Pith Post

  1. You phrase that like someone disagrees with you.

    I haven’t read the newsletter yet, but it’s not too different from what I’ve been expecting ever since they tried to come after the smokers.

    I think the theory is that the ‘health coaches’ will lower insurance claims enough that they will pay for themselves and still have extra savigns.

  2. Where is the legislation that opened the door for this? The closest thing I see for this session is something stuck in committee that would have to be a caption bill.

  3. W., I don’t think anyone would disagree with me, but if you were following the other thread, it’s pretty much what I said there, but with a little more on some of the problematic things.

    Samantha, I couldn’t find it either. I don’t know if I’m just an idiot or if that’s a sketchy part of it as well.

  4. I don’t think they need legislation. Changing the state employee insurance plan is an administrative action.

  5. I could use a quick tutorial in what has to be legislated, what can be decided by a board or committee, and what requires a mix of both, if any legal minds are lurking.

    At the heart of this – are we as a state hiring an outside contractor to decide whether or not state employees are satisfactorily doing something not necessarily related to what they do on “company time,” and who’s responsible for setting such an plan in motion?

  6. Huge tip of the hat to anarchival for finding this, which explains the composition of those committees:

    The programs are governed by the State Insurance Committee, the Local Education Insurance Committee, and the Local Government Insurance Committee, respectively.

    The State Insurance committee is composed of the following:
    • The Comptroller of the Treasury
    • The State Treasurer
    • The Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance
    • The Commissioner of Finance and Administration
    • The Commissioner of Personnel
    • A person to be named by the board of directors of the Tennessee State Employees Association
    • Two state employees selected under the procedure for the election of trustees of the Consolidated Retirement System
    • One employee of the University of Tennessee system or the Board of Regents system selected under a procedure developed by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and approved by the State Insurance Committee

    The Local Education Insurance Committee is composed of the following:
    • The Governor
    • The Comptroller of the Treasury
    • The State Treasurer
    • The Commissioner of Finance and Administration
    • The Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance
    • A representative of local school boards selected by the Tennessee School Boards Association
    • Three teachers selected by the Tennessee Education Association
    The Governor has authority to delegate the Commissioner of Education as his representative.

    The Local Government Insurance Committee is composed of the following:
    • The Comptroller of the Treasury
    • The State Treasurer
    • The Commissioner of Finance and Administration
    • A representative of the Tennessee Municipal League
    • A representative of the Tennessee County Services Associations

    All three committees act separately but coordinate their activities to provide insurance coverage for each group. The director of the Tennessee Division of Insurance Administration and his staff perform the daily operations for the State Insurance Committee, the Local Education Insurance Committee, and the Local Government Insurance Committee.

  7. Samantha – You’re welcome to borrow my book on Tennessee Administrative Law any time if it interests you. It’s only 80 pages, so you’d probably get through it quickly, and it’s an excellent overview. The Legislature has to delegate by law any and all powers exercised by administrative agencies, so you’re right to look for an applicable statute, Public Act, or Bill for their authority first. Typically the agency is delegated rulemaking authority by statute since it isn’t practical or desirable for the Legislature to write into law every last detail of how they do their work, but those rules are usually guided by the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, etc., and they must be made available to interested parties. In practical terms, I usually start at http://tn.gov/sos/ to find the right administrative agency and any applicable rules governing their behavior, particularly when dealing with public administration, but internal government bureaucracy is a different animal because there isn’t such a burden for publication. It’s not that it’s secret, just harder to find. The same statutory authority must exist, though.

  8. I looked specifically at bills in this instance only because I knew rather similar foolishness was a part of legislation which was ultimately withdrawn. But I think I will be borrowing that book soon.

  9. I’m curious to see how they’ll enforce who’s trying hard enough, really. My husband works for the state so I’m curious to see if they’re going to make him meet with some kind of counselor or something? I mean, what can they do? “Sir, you’re actually pretty healthy… BUT ARE YOU TRYING TO GET BETTER?!” I mean, shit. This is just dumb.

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