DATE:  Oct. 23,  2001     NO: 01-84

CONTACT: K. Renee Howell PHONE: (907) 465-2766 or 888-520-2766

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

News Release


FISHERMEN’S FUND ADVISORY AND APPEALS COUNCIL TO MEET

The Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council will hold its fall meeting during the week of Nov. 5, 2001, in Seward, Alaska at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center First Lake Facility, 809 Second Avenue, room #205. The business portion of the meeting, which is open to the public, will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 5, 2001. The agenda includes a review of the current financial condition of the fund as well as the policies and regulations governing its administration. The council will hear public testimony on services and matters pertinent to the Fishermen’s Fund program on Monday, Nov. 5, between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

After the business portion of the meeting, the council will review claims for benefits that have not been approved by the fund administrator. Those individuals who have their claim(s) scheduled for review, have been or will be notified ten days in advance.

The Fishermen’s Fund assists injured and disabled fishermen who have incurred emergency medical costs as a result of injuries or illnesses, directly connected with operations as a fisherman in Alaska, not otherwise covered by public or private insurance. Coverage is limited to $2,500 unless an extension is granted. The fund is administered by the Alaska Department of Labor and is funded by a portion of the revenue derived from commercial fishing license or permit fees.

Council members representing fishermen throughout the state will be in attendance. Paul Grossi, Workers' Compensation Director, chairs the Council.

The State of Alaska complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities who may need auxiliary aids, services, and/or special modifications to participate in this public meeting of the Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council should contact K. Renee Howell, Fishermen’s Fund Administrator at (907) 465-6045 or 1-888-520-2766 no later than 4:00p.m. October 26, 2001, to make any necessary arrangements.

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