COVID-19 Extension of Certain Group Health Benefit Plan Timeframes & Optional FSA Changes

2020 June 02.

Dear Valued Members:

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting National Emergency declaration, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services, and Internal Revenue Service (the “Departments”) issued rules and guidance that mandate extensions of certain timeframes for participants covered under group health plans and allow plans to ease restrictions on some FSA plan regulations, as explained in the following paragraphs.

WGAT announces a new resource called HEIDI

2020 May 18.

WGAT, in partnership with Pinnacle Health Management, is excited to announce a new resource, HEIDI, a text-based artificial intelligence chatbot to help you and your family navigate through these difficult times.

WGAT’s COVID-19 Communications Update

2020 April 09.

RE: Temporary Policy for WGAT Employers/Furloughed Employees

Dear Valued Member:

Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) recognizes the uncertainty and challenges the agricultural community is facing and we want to assure you that we remain dedicated to serving our members during this pandemic. We understand some businesses have had to operate on reduced schedules and even suspend operations. Due to these hardships, and in order to best serve you and your employees, we have developed a furlough policy to help our members mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Spring WGAT Participant Newsletter Published

2020 April 06.

The Spring issue of our WGAT participant newsletter is here and available for download!