News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2013
City selects third party administrator for workers’ comp claims
This fiscally responsible change reflects industry best practice
The City of Kansas City, Mo., expects to save time and money by hiring Thomas McGee, L.C. as a third party administrator to handle its self-funded workers’ compensation insurance program.
Each year City employees file nearly 1,200 claims and reports for work-related injuries and illnesses. The new arrangement should improve case management and ensure prompt, professional handling of all claims in accordance with Missouri’s workers’ compensation statutes.
The City’s General Services Department will oversee the arrangement. According to Earnest Rouse, General Services director, “The selection of a third party administrator is a progressive decision that will benefit City employees and taxpayers alike. We look forward to the new partnership with Thomas McGee because it means we’ll be able to provide better services efficiently and economically.”
City Manager Troy Schulte also welcomes the shift to a third party administrator.
“The change is just one part of a comprehensive approach to improve the City’s overall worker safety program,” Schulte said. “The overarching goal of this effort is to make the work that the City does as safe as possible for our workforce while continuing to be good stewards of tax dollars.”
The General Services Department comprises eight divisions, all dedicated to supporting the effective operations of other City departments.