On October 16, 2020, a settlement agreement was reached in a class action lawsuit against the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and certain individual Blue Plans. If approved by the Court, the settlement will establish a $2.67 billion fund for payments to members of the settlement classes.

Postcards were recently mailed to potential class members informing them of the settlement. Please click here for a brief summary of the settlement provisions and how you may be affected.

David Zanze

After months of negotiations, the House and Senate passed the budget for the federal government yesterday. Attached to the government spending package were several dozen smaller bills, with the text of the legislation totaling nearly 5,600 pages.

Below are the significant items that will most affect Western Growers members:

Dennis Nuxoll

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the HEROES Act, or CARES Act 2.0. The Senate will reportedly wait to take up any potential legislative package offering additional COVID-19 relief funds.

While the HEROES Act addresses a wide range of issues spanning 1800 pages of text, the following provisions are relevant to WG members and the agriculture industry:

Agriculture Provisions

Matthew Allen

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Health Care

With the ever-changing landscape of health care, our members count on Western Growers' expertise for guidance on providing effective and compliant health care benefits for their workforces.

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