The Arizona Local Government Employee Benefit Trust
The Arizona Local Government Employee Benefit Trust (AZLGEBT) is an employee
benefits consortium that is open to eligible rural Arizona counties.
Formed effective July 1994, the
Trust currently has six (6) member counties including Apache, Graham,
Greenlee, Gila, La Paz and Santa Cruz.
Each participating entity appoints two (2) Trustees to represent
their entity with regards to Trust administration.
Trustees meet on a quarterly basis to collectively administer
medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, short-term disability and life
insurance benefits for their employee populations.
Over the years, providing affordable health
insurance has become a strenuous journey with many hurdles.
The combination of strict budget constraints and rising healthcare
costs has forced public entities to find innovative ways to maintain control
of benefit costs while simultaneously providing employees competitive
benefits. AZLGEBT provides
member entities with a way to maintain a greater degree of control over
their employee benefits programs through the benefit of their collectively
larger numbers. Benefits of
AZLGEBT membership include:
Enhanced financial security resulting from improved spread of risk
over the larger group;
Enhanced bargaining power when purchasing benefits-related products
Lower overhead for plan operations; and
The ability to customize program offerings to meet specific needs
and desires among the members.
AZLGEBT membership does not
cure all that ails the healthcare delivery system in rural Arizona.
However, the Trust’s history has amply demonstrated its ability not
merely to survive, but to thrive, over long periods of time and in adverse
conditions and to do so to the benefit of those member entities that AZLGEBT
exists to serve.
If your public entity is interested in finding
out more information about AZLGEBT, or the benefits of a structure similar
to this one, contact Erin Collins, AZLGEBT Administrator, at 928-753-4700