Tips for Employers as Telehealth Grows

2020 July 09.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of telehealth services and the growing demand for its convenience. A FAIR Health report shows a sharp increase in the use of private telehealth insurance claims in the U.S., with a 4,347% jump in March 2020 compared with the previous year. We’ve provided some tips on how employers can promote the convenience of telehealth services, maximize its value and reduce costs.

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.