News

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!

WGAT COVID-19 FAQs

2020 April 03.

WGAT FAQs

Western Growers Assurance Trust (“WGAT”) is responding to the challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We know you have many questions about how your health benefits and your businesses will be affected by this crisis. Please see these FAQs below to find out what WGAT is doing to improve your access to care and how you can reach us if you have questions or concerns.

President signs $2.2 trillion CARES Act into law

2020 April 02.

Dear Valued Members,

There were a number of federal legislative and regulatory changes last week that address the financial impact of COVID-19 on employers. These changes led to a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) also released guidance to assist employers in implementing certain benefit-related provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). We have compiled all the relevant information for you and will take you through how this can potentially impact your business as well as your employees. Please use this as a resource as needed.