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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (June 1, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been participating in small weekly meetings with people from different backgrounds who share a keen interest in local public entities. Each week, we’ve shared “weak signals” (i.e., underappreciated, hard-to...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (May 27, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Benefit pools are providing early indicators of the overall impact and cost of COVID-19 on local public entities and the broader pooling community. Here are a few of the most notable coronavirus-related trends, influences and service impacts among...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (May 18, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director And, just like that, many pools are now focused on topics related to reopening. You are likely beginning to guide your members on whether, when and how they can safely reopen facilities and restart services. You’re probably also developing plans for...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (May 11, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Last week, I shared a common sentiment I’ve heard from pools : “It’s hard to plan, because we just don’t know what to expect from the coronavirus.” Another related question being explored is: “When might things return to normal?” We all want to...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (May 4, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director One sentiment is repeated in almost every conversation happening right now within the public entity pooling community: “It’s hard to plan, because we just don’t know what to expect from the coronavirus.” We’re all looking for hard data sources to...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (April 27, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director I’ve been holding off writing about pool staffing and operational issues, knowing most pools are highly focused on addressing the needs of their members, managing coverage uncertainties, reconsidering reinsurance needs and more. Two emails this...


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Updates to AGRiP Operations and Priorities

Updated June 19. AGRiP has made several operational adjustments and shifted priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the most important changes and how they will impact members. CEO Institute 2020 is canceled. It is unclear whether physical distancing...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (April 20, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Someone asked me last week what, if anything, is common to most pools’ COVID-19 experiences. Not all pools face the exact same circumstances, but I think it’s fair to say these are the typical realities and issues pools are facing today: 1. Liability...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (April 13, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director In addition to coverage- and claims-specific questions we are addressing directly with members and through our COVID-19 Resource Center , we’re also following three emerging conversations: 1. Liability Limitations Recent liability...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (April 6, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director COVID-19 hotspots are expected to move in waves across the continent. Similarly, the coronavirus-related issues pools face – and the decisions they’ll have to make – are also likely to impact pools at different times in the coming weeks. Some pools...