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PERMA Annual Member Conference – Save the Date!

Save the Date for this year’s Annual Member Conference! Hosted annually at the Sagamore, PERMA’s Annual Member Conference is a full day of education provided at no cost to each of our Members (one primary registrant per entity including an…

PERMA reclaims $246,000 for Steuben County


Recently, PERMA started handling the legacy, or “tail”, claims for Steuben County.  During PERMA staff’s routine claim file review, Saga Conboy, PERMA Claims Specialist, discovered funds were never requested for reinsurance reimbursement on a claim for almost 20 years…. – PERMA Email Address Updates

Be sure to update your contact list! Effective August 1st, PERMA Associates email addresses will reflect

PERMA employees providing Member Services, Underwriting, Risk Management, Analytics and Finance services will be updating their email addresses to During this transition, old…

PERMA Structural Change

To all PERMA Members:

I write to inform you about an important structural change that has been mutually agreed upon by the PERMA Board of Directors and York Risk Services Group. On August 1, 2019, PERMA will transfer over to…

Crossing Guard Training

Would you like to host or attend crossing guard training in your area? 

As in past years, Lew Moskowitz, Public Safety Risk Management Specialist, will conduct the PERMA developed Crossing Guard Training which has resulted in zero crossing guard claims since 2016. Attendees will review the state and federal regulations, proper gear,…

Tamper Equipment Reminders

Don’t Touch that Tamper!

by: Ed Starowicz, DPW Risk Management Specialist

Every summer asphalt and stone work require the use of tamping equipment. As PERMA’s DPW Risk Specialist and a former Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, I have seen people improperly…

NYS VFF Cancer Benefit Program APPROVED!

The signing of GML 205-cc allowed the creation of the NYS Volunteer Cancer Benefit Program, providing piece of mind to eligible NYS volunteer firefighters as well as their families. The Cancer Benefit Program, designed by FASNY, AFDSNY, and NYSAFC, sponsored by…

PERMA sponsors NYSAFC’s 2018-19 Firefighter Best Practices Training

PERMA is sponsoring all 12 sessions of the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs’ (NYSAFC) 2018-19 Firefighter Best Practices Training. These regional trainings, in their second year, ensure that fire departments follow the Recommended Best Practices for Fire Department Training Programs guidance…

PERMA seeking proposals for workers’ comp claims audit

Today PERMA issued an RFP for a workers’ compensation claim audit firm. The selected firm will conduct a thorough audit of PERMA’s claims processing and procedures in late 2018, with results to be provided in early 2019.

Proposals are due…

NYS VFF Cancer Benefit Program FAQ

John Hanson of Willis Towers Watson has created an expanded FAQ in advance of launching the New York Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Benefit Program website. The FAQ describes in detail:

Background of the Cancer Benefit Program; Purpose of the law…

Manhole cover injuries on the rise

by Ed Starowicz, public safety risk management specialist

As the DPW Specialist, I have been reviewing PERMA member injuries that were caused by lifting manhole covers. In a 10-year observation period, there was $2.3 million in incurred liability for those…

Useful smartphone safety apps

As the PERMA DPW specialist, I use many tools when reviewing the safety of a member location, including several smartphone applications. These apps assist me in estimating decibel levels, heat stress, and ladder angles. You might find them useful as…

Webinar-VFF Cancer Benefit Law Guidance

March 14, 2018  11:00 am-12:00 pm

Beneficial for any municipality with volunteer firefighters, this webinar will address New York State’s recently passed Volunteer Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Act. Going into effect on January 1, 2019, the act requires all…

Webinar-PERMA Program Agreements

February 14, 1-2pm

In October 2017, the PERMA Board of Directors approved a revised Program Agreement to unify all PERMA members under the same language, and all members have been asked to execute new agreements. To help clarify many of…

2018 Upcoming Events

To help members plan ahead, PERMA would like to issue our upcoming events schedule.

February 14

Webinar-New Program Agreement changes

March 14

Webinar-Volunteer Fire Fighter Cancer Benefit


April 10-Regional Meeting-Suffolk County (This meeting is scheduled to be simulcast live…

Hearing Conservation Compliance Webinar

Beneficial for supervisors, safety coordinators, superintendents, and anyone else whose employees are exposed to noise and noise-producing equipment, this program will include everything you must know to be in compliance with the Hearing Conservation Standard CFR 1910.95 and MSHA’s 30…

PERMA announces partnership with NYS Association of Fire Chiefs

LATHAM, N.Y., November 27, 2017 – PERMA, New York’s largest self-insured provider of workers’ compensation for public employers, announced today a new partnership with the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), a 10,000-member strong organization with a focus…

PERMA to host cybersecurity webinar 10/23

In conjunction with the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), PERMA is presenting its first webinar in four years on Monday, October 23.

Participants will hear from three experts from different fields of information technology as they discuss…

New Medical Bill Processing Procedure

Effective July 24, all medical bills should be sent to:

C/o CareWorks
PO Box 183188
Columbus, OH 43218

For inquiries on bill status, please call 1-800-932-5535. If you have questions, please contact Genie Mayo.

Important website changes effective 7/24

Effective Monday, July 24, PERMA members will have new ways to access the claim filing portal and the PERMA Safety Institute (PSI).The changes are occurring in conjunction with PERMA switching claims systems, a switch which will begin starting at noon…

Short-term change in medical bill processing

From June 30 through July 16, PERMA will be receiving medical bills in-house. Please send bills to:

PO Box 12250
Albany, NY 12212-2250

More information on a new medical bill processing provider will be available within the…

PERMA announces 2016 Awards in Excellence winners

LATHAM, N.Y., June 7, 2017 – PERMA, New York’s largest self-insured provider of workers’ compensation for public employers, announces the winners of the 2016 PERMA Awards in Excellence, honoring the PERMA members with the most dedicated and creative approaches to…

PERMA helps members budget with custom policy cycles

New York State municipalities operate on many different budget cycles and PERMA offers a policy cycle to fit each one.

While most PERMA members have common renewal dates (January 1, June 1, and July 1), PERMA has no restrictions on…

PERMA announces new diagnostic provider effective May 1

Fast360 is a national diagnostic provider with an experienced staff and a workers’ compensation focus. They maintain a New York state network of 326 providers of radiological services, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) scans, and x-rays.

PERMA administrator acquired by York Risk Services Group

York Risk Services Group, a premier national provider of claims management and pool administration, announced on March 13 its acquisition of PERMA’s administrator, Northeast Association Management, Inc. (NEAMI).

PERMA members and brokers were notified of this change on February 28,…

PERMA receives AGRiP recognition for the sixth time!

The Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP), an organization dedicated to energizing the power of pooling, recognized PERMA for its pooling best practices on March 6 at the AGRiP Governance and Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL.

AGRiP’s recognition program consists…

VFF/VAW benefits increase effective 1/1/2017

For New York State volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers, the permanent total disability rate will increase to $600 maximum per week, effective January 1. This State-issued rate increase only affects those injured volunteers who have lost 100% of their earning…

PERMA to offer training for school crossing guards in August

School crossing guards employed by members of the Public Employer Risk Management Association (PERMA) will gather around New York State throughout the month of August to learn how to avoid the vehicular dangers of their profession.

Training sessions have already…

PERMA members learn about PTSD from police psychologists

Police and fire departments can significantly reduce the risks and costs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in police officers and firefighters by cultivating and maintaining socially supportive work environment for these municipal workers, two experts have advised representatives from nearly…

PERMA announces 2015 Risk Management Award winners

The Public Employer Risk Management Association (PERMA), New York’s largest self-insured provider of workers’ compensation for public employers, has announced the winners of the 2015 PERMA Risk Management Awards, which honor the PERMA members with the most dedicated and creative…

Assessments Change Effective January 1, 2014

As of January 1, 2014, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) put in place new filing requirements in response to the change in method of WCB assessment calculation:

All municipal self-insurers, including all members of PERMA, are required…