NSBA Health Insurance Consortium Survey
Both small and large law firms face challenges in relation to the availability of health insurance options as well as the rising costs of these options. The Nebraska State Bar Association is working to offer a health insurance option for its members by establishing the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium. In simple terms, the Consortium will consist of multiple employers, with NSBA membership, working together to obtain affordable health insurance coverage on terms similar to those available only to large employers. The Consortium allows member employers to negotiate and to manage the coverage as a single entity. The Consortium’s plan will be a multiple employer welfare arrangement or a “MEWA,” several of which have existed in Nebraska for decades. Here are some of the advantages of participation in the Consortium:
- Affordable Coverage: By pooling together, employers are better positioned to obtain more affordable health insurance coverage due to economies of scale, managing savings, and spreading risk.
- Flexibility: The Consortium expects to offer a variety of ACA compliant health plan options. Each employer in the Consortium would have the option of selecting the type of health plan or plans that works best for its employees (high deductible plan vs. low deductible plan, etc.).
- A Stable Community: The NSBA’s goal is to create and to encourage a stable community of employers participating in the Consortium. When a group has a stable environment, annual rate fluctuations are less likely and less dramatic from year to year.
- Available to Family Members: Employers participating in the Consortium may offer family and dependent coverage to their employees.
- Member Governed: The Consortium will be governed by participating employers in the Consortium and Consortium leadership will be elected by those participating employers. Thus, the individuals making decisions about the Consortium’s plan have a vested interest in offering the best possible coverage options at the best possible price.
Several insurance companies have indicated an interest in providing health plan options to the Consortium. In order for us to provide you with the information you need in order to decide if joining the Consortium is the right option for your firm, we need to provide information to these insurers about the potential pool so that they can provide us with accurate quotes.
If you are interested in the NSBA being able to present you with a group health insurance option, please reply to the survey link below by February 28, 2018. We would request that your firm only submit one response on behalf of your firm/organization. Completing the survey does not obligate you to join the Consortium or purchase insurance. If you are NOT interested in potentially obtaining insurance, please do NOT participate in the survey. If we have a sufficient response to the survey, we will request proposals from the interested insurance companies and provide you with the coverage options and information about premiums that you need in order to make an informed decision in time to participate in open enrollment for 2019. If we don’t have an adequate response to the survey, the process of exploring a health insurance option stops and we will not be able to proceed. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY
If you firm or organization is interested in learning more, the NSBA would be happy to meet with you. Please contact Liz Neeley at 402-475-7091 or via email at Lneeley@nebar.com.
From Nixon to Trump: A Unique Look at Executive Power
Take a unique look at executive power with John Dean, former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon, and James Robenalt. Using the Nixon years, and Watergate in particular, as a case study, Mr. Dean and Mr. Robenalt will look at authoritarian personalities and use Princeton Professor Daniel Kahneman’s work on the psychology of cover-ups to bring forth lessons on confidentiality of information and the organization as a client. Who is the client? What should a lawyer be looking for when dealing with a difficult CEO? What are a lawyer’s ethical obligations in the management of a company or government agency is engaged in ongoing crime or fraud, including obstruction of justice?
Oval Office conversations recorded days after the Watergate break-in provide a real-time example of a president falling. Mr. Dean and Mr. Robenalt will draw on what happened then and what we are seeing now in Washington D.C. and why you need to be aware of these psychological dynamics to keep your clients and yourself out of trouble.
Please join us on Friday, May 4 from 1:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. at Embassy Suites, La Vista for 3 hours of ethics CLE (live and distance learning).
Thank you to the following sponsors who made this CLE program possible: Mercer, Casemaker, Creighton University School of Law, ABA Retirement Funds
REGISTER HERE: http://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1073528&group=
Soaring Solo Invitation
The NSBA Law Practice Management Section is organizing a very small group of solo practitioners in the Omaha area interested in greater professional success and personal satisfaction. Individuals selected for the group will receive career-building assistance targeted to their unique practices, including self-management and law practice management skills and tools. Group members will sign a 10-month contract with lawyer/coach Susan Koenig, who will facilitate monthly group meetings and work individually with each member. Click here for more details or contact NSBA Section Facilitator Lorrie Benson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-475-7091). If the pilot group is successful, the Law Practice Management Section may expand the concept geographically and/or to small firms.
Deadline Extension: Vacancy U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse extended their deadline for the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Nebraskans who are interested in applying to fill the vacancy, now have until February 28, 2018 to submit their applications to Senators Fischer and Sasse.
More information can be found here.
NetWORKS! – NSBA’s Professional Networking Group
A great professional network can be extremely helpful to your clients and your career. NSBA offers an easy and enjoyable way to expand your professional contacts. NetWORKS! matches interested lawyers for one-to-one coffee or lunch every two months, at a time to be determined by the lawyers. There are three subgroups—Omaha, Lincoln and Greater Nebraska. Omaha and Lincoln matches are expected to meet in person; Greater Nebraska members can meet in person or virtually. Any voluntary NSBA member lawyer or judge may join any or all of the three geographic groups. Right now is a great time to sign up because the next round of matches begins March 1. More details and sign up are online.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of February 9, 2018
Week of February 2, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Four Ways Law Practice Management Software Helps Prevent Legal Malpractice Claims
By Thomson Reuters, Originally Published in Attorney at Work
Since 2009, the number of legal malpractice suits has escalated along with the costs to defend them, according to annual surveys by Ames & Gogh, an insurance broker. They say:
- Insurers have paid claims of $50 million or more in 2016.
- Malpractice claims are most commonly triggered by conflicts of interest and cybersecurity issues.
- Business transactions result in the most claims, which tend to center around improper preparation, filing and/or document transmission.
If you want to do everything possible to ensure you’re never among the firms accused of malpractice, take advantage of law practice management software, advises Nerino Petro, technology co-editor for the ABA “GP|Solo Magazine” and CEO of a legal consulting firm. Full Article
Trivia Night, February 15, 2018
Sponsored by the NSBA Corporate Counsel & Young Lawyers Sections
Know it all? Support the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and Prove it!
February 15, 2018
Liv Lounge; 2285 S 67th St., Omaha
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Appetizers & cocktails provided.
Proceeds benefit the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
Register your Team Today!!!
2018 Barristers' Ball - April 14, 2018
The 2018 Barristers' Ball will be held at the Embassy Suites La Vista on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The theme is Escape to the Tropics.
Proceeds from the Barristers’ Ball benefit the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
COCKTAILS & SILENT AUCTION 6:00 PM • DINNER 7:30 PM
LIVE AUCTION 8:30 PM • DANCING TO THE MUSIC OF PAM & THE PEARLS 9:00 PM
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
Reserve your seats today!
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