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    Monday Nov 14 2016
    IRVINE, Calif., (October 12, 2016) -- Ken Cooper has joined Western Growers as the new Director of Risk Strategy, where he will head the expansion and implementation of comprehensive risk management strategies. As the lead for the Western Growers Risk Resources Team, Cooper will spearhead the development of innovative on-site and virtual solutions that are customized to meet the loss control and safety needs of Western Growers’ members. “Ken’s extensive experience in risk mitigation coupled with his exceptional talent for customer service makes him the perfect addition to our team,” said Jeff Gullickson, Senior Vice President of Western Growers Insurance Services. “His expertise and insightful input will be invaluable as we bolster our insurance offerings and bring Western Growers’... more
    Monday Aug 29 2016
    New alliance expands Western Growers’ worldwide insurance offerings to food and agribusiness industry LOS ANGELES, Calif. (September 6, 2016) – Western Growers Insurance Services, Inc. is expanding its global reach through a new strategic alliance with JLT Specialty USA, one of the world’s leading insurance brokerages. The alliance provides Western Growers the ability to now offer agribusiness and food clients direct access to global insurance carriers. Additionally, this relationship provides the opportunity to tap into offices around the world and the ability to meet specific company needs with the help of subject matter experts.
    Tuesday Aug 9 2016
    Sales team expanded to support growing demand for risk management solutions IRVINE, Calif. (August 9, 2016) – Western Growers is proud to announce that Sean Reardon has joined the insurance services team as Sales Executive. Reardon brings more than 12 years of experience in accelerating company profitability through insurance sales and building innovative risk management programs that drive long-term success. “Sean’s ability to build customer relationships and create tailored risk management solutions that meet their needs is what immediately caught our eye,” said Jeff Gullickson, Senior Vice President of Western Growers Insurance Services. “As we continue to expand our insurance offerings in regions all across California, Sean will play an integral role in delivering top-of-the-line... more
    Tuesday Jan 12 2016
    3 Things to Consider When Choosing Medical Coverage It’s definitely possible, as a Farm Labor Contractor, to be in compliance and provide attractive medical coverage plans for your workers at an affordable price. Here are 3 things to consider when making your selection. Is the plan ACA compliant? ACA compliant means that an individual or small-group policy should adhere to the regulations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA-compliant policies can't require an annual or lifetime coverage maximum. However, they must provide coverage for the ten essential health benefits. President Obama signed health reform legislation in 2010 that stated all individual and small group plans purchased on or after January 1, 2014 (including plans sold through the exchanges and outside the... more
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    Wednesday Apr 8 2015
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) large employer mandate requires employers to offer affordable, qualifying coverage starting this year. As a business person, you have myriad plan options available, and the choices can be confusing. Western Growers is here to help. Jump to: Farm Labor Contractors: Avoid Pitfalls What you need to do to meet your large employer mandate obligation How to Tell Whether a Plan Meets Minimum Value and Affordability Resources, Tools and Consultation
    Tuesday Jun 10 2014
    The deadline to purchase crop insurance for Fresno, Merced, and Ventura Counties (summer planted) is July 1, 2014. Santa Barbara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Ventura Counties (winter planted) have a September 30, 2014, deadline. Many people are not aware that crop insurance is now available for strawberries. The program was created a couple of years ago, but few growers know about the policy. It’s quite different from prior versions of crop insurance for strawberries as it guarantees the revenue of the grower based on historical average revenue. Perhaps the most significant change is this policy provides coverage for losses due to market price. However, there were a number of problems with the product as formulated by the federal government.
    Tuesday May 6 2014
    2014 May 1 If you are a small employer offering health benefits insurance not under a grandfathered plan (see below), this information will help you understand the new way of calculating employee premiums and thereby assist you in making informed decisions about how you design and select your company’s health benefits plans. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one impact of the mandate changes how carriers will be able to rate a small employer’s group for the purpose of determining premiums.