We work to keep the communities of Iowa working, helping them foster a true culture of safety by providing workers' compensation coverage and risk management resources to our cities, counties and government entities.
The Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA) was formed in 1981 according to Chapter 28E of the Code of Iowa. The initial effort to organize was coordinated by the Iowa League of Cities in response to numerous cities having their coverage canceled by standard insurance carriers. IMWCA began offering coverage to cities July 1, 1981.
The program was restructured in 1987 to allow counties to join the association and in the 1990s, other 28E entities and political subdivisions were deemed eligible participants.
Administrative services continue to be provided by Iowa League of Cities staff members who pride themselves in offering unparalleled personal service and understand the unique challenges faced by local governments. Today the predominant number of cities, counties and other governmental organizations in Iowa choose IMWCA for coverage of more than 49,000 employees.
Learn more about our services in that area of this site.
Partners & Affiliations
The Iowa League of
Cites (League) was instrumental in the foundation of IMWCA and has endorsed
the program from its beginning. They also contract with our Board of Trustees
to provide all administrative services for IMWCA.
The Iowa State
Association of Counties (ISAC), an association serving Iowa’s 99 counties,
also endorses us.
County Risk Management Services, Inc. (CRMS) provides
marketing services to Iowa counties for both IMWCA and the Iowa Communities
Assurance Pool (ICAP). CRMS works exclusively through local insurance
agents to provide workers' compensation, property and casualty and coverage
packages designed to meet each county's needs.
the League and ISAC work with U.S.
Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities), a national
purchasing cooperative that provides procurement resources and solutions to
local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education
institutes, and nonprofits looking for the best overall supplier government
pricing. This is one resource for IMWCA members looking to update PPE,
equipment and other supplies.