Since 1979, county governments and their subdivisions have been required to provide unemployment insurance coverage for their non-elected employees. At that time the only options for coverage were to self-insure or to participate in the state's program.
The KACo Unemployment Insurance Fund was created in that same year to help local governments comply with the mandate for coverage at the lowest possible cost. Since this fund is responsible only for claims filed against members of the fund, premiums can be tailored to fit the needs of each participating entity. Cost containment services not available through the state's Contributory Employee Plan are provided by the KACo Unemployment Insurance Fund to assist the counties in efforts to hold down costs.