DATE: October 30, 2000      NO: 01-20

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

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

News Release


The Alaska Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council will hold its fall meeting in Anchorage the week of November 13, 2000, at the Captain Cook Hotel.

Agenda items include a review of the fund's current financial condition, policies and regulations governing its administration, and a review of claims for benefits that have not been approved by the fund administrator. Those individuals with claim(s) scheduled for review have been or will be notified ten days in advance of the meeting. The business portion of the meeting is open to the public and convenes at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 13. The council will hear public testimony on services and matters pertinent to the Fishermen’s Fund program between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The Fishermen’s Fund assists injured and disabled fishermen who have incurred emergency medical costs from 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 subsidized by a portion of revenue derived from commercial fishing license or permit fees and is administered by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Council members representing fishermen throughout the state will be in attendance. Paul Grossi, Workers' Compensation Director, chairs the Council. The meeting takes place in Executive Suite Room 1432. The Captain Cook is located at 939 W. Fifth Avenue.

The State of Alaska complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities needing auxiliary aids, services, and/or special modifications to participate in this public meeting should contact K. Renee Howell, Fishermen’s Fund Administrator, at (907)465-6045 or (888)520-2766, no later than 4:00 p.m. November 6, to make any necessary arrangements.

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