AgSafe Meeting Will Discuss HCR

2011 January 25.

The AgSafe Conference, set for February 22-25, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif., will include a panel on health care reform featuring Western Growers Jon Alexander. Titled “Health Care Reform: Where is It Now?”, the seminar is slated for February 23, 2011, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. This panel will address the latest developments in Health Care Reform, including annual and lifetime maximums, tax credits, immediate changes required under the law, pay or play and individual mandates, and much more.

Employer Notice Childrens Health Insurance

2010 December 28.

As a reminder, employers sponsoring group health plans are required to notify employees of potential opportunities currently available through the state for group health plan premium assistance under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program ("CHIP"). The U.S. Department of Labor has published a model notice that may be used to satisfy this requirement, which can be found at:

Health Care Reform Deemed unconstitutional

2010 December 13.

Federal Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Eastern District Court in Richmond, Va., ruled today that health care reform’s mandate that all Americans have a minimum level of coverage exceeds federal authority. Hudson, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, ruled the law, which was passed and signed into law earlier this year, is unconstitutional. This is the first major setback for the law, which has been upheld by two other courts already.

$5 Flu Shots At Cedar Health And Wellness Center

2010 November 30.

The Cedar Health and Wellness Center in Salinas is offering flu shots to all Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) participants and their covered dependents for just $5. Walk-ins are welcome, or to make an appointment, please call (831) 422-0230. Cedar Health and Wellness Center is open Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is located at 955 Blanco Circle, Suite E (in the Harkins Center).