Member Alert: New State Plans in Michigan and Pennsylvania

In other news, participate in ACA’s survey on legislation impacting the industry; online Daily Huddle and Hot Topic on retirement planning set for Monday.

5/8/2020 8:00 AM

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Member Alert: New State Plans in Michigan and Pennsylvania

ACA International continues to monitor state and city updates and remains available as a resource for members during this difficult time of fast-moving and often ambiguous regulatory change. In addition, our team maintains regular direct and indirect communications with state and federal regulators to receive up-to-the-minute guidance on industry-relevant orders and emergency regulations, which we parse and report on at regular intervals.

Reminder: Loomer Mortenson Scholarship Season Deadline is Next Friday!

The ACA International Education Foundation is accepting applications for the Loomer-Mortenson Scholarship program until May 15, 2020. This year, the Foundation looks forward to awarding more than $50,000 to upcoming and current college students with good grades, writing skills and a connection to the industry via their employment or the employment of a parent. The Foundation will award: $10,000 for first place; $5,000 for second place; $3,000 for third place; and additional winners will receive $1,000 each. Learn more here.

Daily Huddle

Members are invited to join ACA’s team including CEO Mark Neeb, Vice President and Senior Counsel of Federal Advocacy Leah Dempsey, Corporate Counsel Colin Winkler and Vice President of State Government and Unit Affairs Andrew Madden for a Daily Huddle at 11 a.m., Central Standard Time weekdays.

Monday’s Daily Huddle topic is COVID 19: Practical & Tactical Actions for 401K Plans Amid this Challenging Environment with speakers Jordan Gelb, managing director, wealth management advisor, Merrill Lynch, Jennifer Kiffmeyer, COO, Retirement Learning Center LLC, William Howson. financial advisor, retirement benefits consultant, Merrill Lynch, and Greg Lucchesi, regional vice president, Transamerica.

A Hot Topic webinar at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday will focus on details on a new retirement program for members from ACA.

Daily Huddle sponsors are Collectors Insurance Agency Licensing Services, Intelligent Contacts, RevSpring, Solutions by Text, BillingTree, Interprose, and TCN. Recordings of past Daily Huddle sessions are also available.

Federal News Updates

Share Your Input on Legislation Impacting Industry

ACA released a survey for members to help inform advocacy efforts on a package of bills in the U.S. House of Representatives including:

  • H.R. 3948, which would amend the definition of debt in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to include money owed to a state;
  • H.R. 5330, which would prohibit debt collectors from collecting certain medical debt for at least two years after the first due date for a consumer’s debt payment;
  • H.R. 5013, which would amend the definition of debt in FDCPA and remove the term “consumer.” Therefore, under the bill, the scope of FDCPA would include business debts; and
  • H.R. 4403, which would limit the amount debt collectors hired by the federal government may charge for debt collection services; specifically, the fees would not be allowed to exceed 10% of the amount collected.

Here are the latest updates on state guidance:

Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order outlining the state’s Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.  It applies to in-store retail sales, museums, libraries, bars and pubs and other business services affected by previous executive orders. The order does not include guidance for the industry and financial services currently. Gov. DeSantis previously issued a statewide stay at home order  effective until April 30. For purposes of that order and the conduct it limits, “essential services” to the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and any subsequent lists published.

Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer modified and extended the state’s stay at home order until May 28. The new order immediately replaces the order that was scheduled to expire on May 15.  

The order continues to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life, with new exemptions for certain jobs. Under the new order, manufacturing activities that comply with various social-distancing and health and safety provisions may resume on Monday, May 11. Additionally, the order allows for landscapers, lawn companies, and nurseries to resume operations, and retailers selling nonessential supplies can start to provide curbside pickup and delivery.

Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine extended the state’s stay-at-home orders through June 4. The orders continue to open 24 counties in the state that meet certain criteria associated with the COVID-19 response. The governor is expected to announce new counties that will have additional restrictions lifted later today, May 8. Harder hit areas around Philadelphia are not expected to meet that criteria.

View the governor’s FAQs regarding business operation during the green, yellow and red phases of reopening.

The new signed orders and “phase yellow” opening criteria lined out by the governor and Secretary of Health may be found here.

For more information on how the ACA Licensing staff can assist with your licensing needs, please contact us at Licensing@acainternational.org or call (952) 926-6547.


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


Subscribe to ACA Daily NEWSROOM

Member Alert: New State Plans in Michigan and Pennsylvania

ACA International continues to monitor state and city updates and remains available as a resource for members during this difficult time of fast-moving and often ambiguous regulatory change. In addition, our team maintains regular direct and indirect communications with state and federal regulators to receive up-to-the-minute guidance on industry-relevant orders and emergency regulations, which we parse and report on at regular intervals.

Reminder: Loomer Mortenson Scholarship Season Deadline is Next Friday!

The ACA International Education Foundation is accepting applications for the Loomer-Mortenson Scholarship program until May 15, 2020. This year, the Foundation looks forward to awarding more than $50,000 to upcoming and current college students with good grades, writing skills and a connection to the industry via their employment or the employment of a parent. The Foundation will award: $10,000 for first place; $5,000 for second place; $3,000 for third place; and additional winners will receive $1,000 each. Learn more here.

Daily Huddle

Members are invited to join ACA’s team including CEO Mark Neeb, Vice President and Senior Counsel of Federal Advocacy Leah Dempsey, Corporate Counsel Colin Winkler and Vice President of State Government and Unit Affairs Andrew Madden for a Daily Huddle at 11 a.m., Central Standard Time weekdays.

Monday’s Daily Huddle topic is COVID 19: Practical & Tactical Actions for 401K Plans Amid this Challenging Environment with speakers Jordan Gelb, managing director, wealth management advisor, Merrill Lynch, Jennifer Kiffmeyer, COO, Retirement Learning Center LLC, William Howson. financial advisor, retirement benefits consultant, Merrill Lynch, and Greg Lucchesi, regional vice president, Transamerica.

A Hot Topic webinar at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday will focus on details on a new retirement program for members from ACA.

Daily Huddle sponsors are Collectors Insurance Agency Licensing Services, Intelligent Contacts, RevSpring, Solutions by Text, BillingTree, Interprose, and TCN. Recordings of past Daily Huddle sessions are also available.

Federal News Updates

Share Your Input on Legislation Impacting Industry

ACA released a survey for members to help inform advocacy efforts on a package of bills in the U.S. House of Representatives including:

  • H.R. 3948, which would amend the definition of debt in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to include money owed to a state;
  • H.R. 5330, which would prohibit debt collectors from collecting certain medical debt for at least two years after the first due date for a consumer’s debt payment;
  • H.R. 5013, which would amend the definition of debt in FDCPA and remove the term “consumer.” Therefore, under the bill, the scope of FDCPA would include business debts; and
  • H.R. 4403, which would limit the amount debt collectors hired by the federal government may charge for debt collection services; specifically, the fees would not be allowed to exceed 10% of the amount collected.

Here are the latest updates on state guidance:

Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order outlining the state’s Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.  It applies to in-store retail sales, museums, libraries, bars and pubs and other business services affected by previous executive orders. The order does not include guidance for the industry and financial services currently. Gov. DeSantis previously issued a statewide stay at home order  effective until April 30. For purposes of that order and the conduct it limits, “essential services” to the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and any subsequent lists published.

Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer modified and extended the state’s stay at home order until May 28. The new order immediately replaces the order that was scheduled to expire on May 15.  

The order continues to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life, with new exemptions for certain jobs. Under the new order, manufacturing activities that comply with various social-distancing and health and safety provisions may resume on Monday, May 11. Additionally, the order allows for landscapers, lawn companies, and nurseries to resume operations, and retailers selling nonessential supplies can start to provide curbside pickup and delivery.

Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine extended the state’s stay-at-home orders through June 4. The orders continue to open 24 counties in the state that meet certain criteria associated with the COVID-19 response. The governor is expected to announce new counties that will have additional restrictions lifted later today, May 8. Harder hit areas around Philadelphia are not expected to meet that criteria.

View the governor’s FAQs regarding business operation during the green, yellow and red phases of reopening.

The new signed orders and “phase yellow” opening criteria lined out by the governor and Secretary of Health may be found here.

For more information on how the ACA Licensing staff can assist with your licensing needs, please contact us at Licensing@acainternational.org or call (952) 926-6547.


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


Subscribe to ACA Daily NEWSROOM

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