PRIMA RiskWatch
Nov. 20, 2012

Unfunded promises: What Massachusetts cities and towns owe to public retirees
Boston Business Journal
Massachusetts' budget challenges, both at the state and local levels, have been well documented in the years since the Great Recession. Structural deficits are prevalent, as are strains on virtually every aspect of the public sector, from police and fire to schools and infrastructure.More

How California's health exchange fares will test the Affordable Care Act
Nearly every day, worried Californians call a Pacoima hotline asking what lies ahead in health care reform: Do I have to get private insurance? Will I lose my Medi-Cal? How much will it cost? When does it start? "There's mass confusion already," said Katie Murphy, managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, which runs the call line.More

Vancouver, Canada, pursuing bylaw to bolster oil pipeline operator's liability
The Canadian Press via
Oil and water don't mix, at least as far as the City of Vancouver in Canada is concerned. As Kinder Morgan launches a series of information sessions in the Metro Vancouver area about the proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline, city officials are exploring whether Vancouver can force the Texas-based company to increase its liability coverage in kind.More

Oklahoma rejects state-run health insurance exchange
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Oklahoma will not establish a state-run health insurance exchange under the federal health care law or expand its Medicaid eligibility to provide coverage to thousands of low-income, uninsured citizens, Gov. Mary Fallin announced recently.More

NYPD targets tow truck scams in storm areas
Insurance Journal
New York City police are working to prevent unscrupulous tow truck drivers from taking storm-damaged vehicles before insurance companies can get to them. NYPD Deputy Inspector Joseph Kenny tells WABC-TV that some tow truck drivers pretend they're contracted by the city.More

Feds start paying lease on new Kansas City, Mo., nuclear weapons plant
The Kansas City Star
While operations are not scheduled to begin until mid-2014, the federal government has begun making lease payments to the private landlord of its sprawling nuclear weapons replacement plant nearing completion in south Kansas City.More

City extends discounted benefits for family of fallen police officer
The Arizona Republic
The family of deceased Glendale, Ariz., police Officer Brad Jones was about to lose its health insurance through the city one year after the 27-year-old father of two was killed on the job. A change made by city officials in September, however, will extend the city's discounted benefits for the Joneses and other families whose breadwinners are killed on the job.More