Why Join SAWCA? Why Now …In the middle of the COVID19 Pandemic?
SAWCA’s influence is national and its presence continual … Even when the nation is sheltering at home…travel postponed… conventions cancelled…SAWCA brings the nation together hosting the National Regulators Virtual Town Hall on April 22, 2020 focused on the issues and challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic. One month later SAWCA followed this national event with a “regulators only” roundtable providing an additional opportunity for the exchange of ideas, issues, and solutions. Though hopeful that the Annual Convention and/or the All Committee Conference could be held as in-person events, both ultimately were held as virtual conferences. Throughout 2021 SAWCA provided a platform and multiple opportunities for the workers’ compensation industry to stay connected…and though we look forward to 2022 when we can once again enjoy in-person events, the SAWCA “Care Packages” that accompanied both the Annual Convention and All Committee Conference were tangible reminders of the professional and personal connections we enjoy by being part of the SAWCA family.
SAWCA’s impact is “now” …not next month…not even next week. If you need the information now…SAWCA can deliver. One of the most unique and valuable services provided by SAWCA to its members is the Immediate Response Research Service… a service unlike and unavailable anywhere else in the nation. SAWCA members can contact the SAWCA administration and submit a request for information with a turn-around in many instances…in less than 24 hours. Sometimes this involves one or more issues/questions that a particular state is facing…with a need to know how other jurisdictions or companies are responding to an identical or similar issue. The request for information frequently originates from a state legislative committee or governor’s office that expects an immediate response…or there may be a company that needs an understanding of their specific situation across multiple jurisdictions. SAWCA’s network of state leaders and industry professionals have committed themselves to providing this unique and priceless benefit for all members.
SAWCA Equals Access: There will be a time…maybe soon…maybe later…odds are you really don’t know…but a situation will arise and you, your company, your jurisdiction will need the ability to go directly to the source. Odds are that source is already a SAWCA member…jurisdictional or corporate. Your participation and membership in SAWCA will have allowed you to build those professional relationships during the variety of educational and networking events sponsored by SAWCA each year. So, you will not only know who you need to call…you will actually know them…and when you call that person you met at SAWCA…they will answer your call because they now know you. This type of access is priceless.
Founded in 1949, SAWCA’s focus was to provide an opportunity for the jurisdictional leaders of multiple states, experiencing similar issues, to convene for educational discussions designed to improve their ability to serve the regulated public and the work force of their respective states. Today SAWCA is the only workers’ compensation association whose focus is solely on the national workers’ compensation issues that impact the state systems on a daily basis. With 21 jurisdictions serving as the governing body of SAWCA, comprising approximately 40% of the United States, its reach has moved beyond the traditional southern states over recent years to include Wisconsin and Colorado, evidence of the recognized value of membership and participation.
Of the few national workers compensation associations that exist, only SAWCA maintains 6 working committees with leadership provided by a combination of state officials working alongside industry professionals. Nowhere else does the industry have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from this select group of professionals focused on: Adjudication; Administration & Procedures; Self-Insurance & Insurance; Medical Rehabilitation; Claims Administration; and Management Information Systems.
Each year SAWCA…and only SAWCA…conducts two Regulator Roundtables bringing together the state workers’ compensation leadership for a one-of-a-kind discussion format where state officials can share with each other the issues and topics that are most critical to the administration of their respective programs. One of these events is held at SAWCA’s annual summer convention and the second event is held each year at the WCI convention in Orlando, Florida. It is also at the WCI Convention in Florida where SAWCA has established the Roger L. Williams National Regulators College…a workers’ compensation educational convention designed by regulators to serve the specific and unique needs of both newly appointed and veteran state officials whose responsibility is the management and leadership of their state workers’ compensation programs. This “college” is a closed-door environment…the only one of its kind in the nation. Its “faculty”, drawn from both the regulatory and industry members of SAWCA, comprise the best professionals available making the Roger L Williams National Regulators College the gold standard in agency education.
SAWCA recognizes the need for the jurisdictional leadership to partner with industry professionals and we welcome and encourage your participation as we provide programs and services beneficial to all.
Why Join & Support SAWCA? Because SAWCA Is The Difference.
Join us in 2021 and experience the “SAWCA Difference”.
The SAWCA Associate Membership includes all employees/staff of the applying company.
2021 Associate Member Application …Click Here
Mark Your Calendars! SAWCA Events in 2021 include:
- The 73rd Annual Convention at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA…July 12-16, 2021.
- The Roger L. Williams National Regulators College in Orlando, Florida at the Marriott World Center…December 13-14, 2021
- The 11th Annual National Regulators Roundtable in Orlando at the Marriott World Center…December 13, 2021
- The 2021 SAWCA Grits Breakfast at the IAIABC Convention,
- The 2021 SAWCA All Committee Conference at The King & Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia…November 15-19, 2021.
For more information please contact Gary Davis at 859-219-0194 or firstname.lastname@example.org / www.sawca.org.
SAWCA’s Mailing Address: P.O. Box 910373 / Lexington, KY 40591