The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage (the Employer Mandate) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The NPRM largely incorporates previously released guidance on the subject and employers may rely on the proposed regulations until final regulations are issued. The Employer Mandate requirements take effect on January 1, 2014.

Jonathan Alexander

With health officials across the country warning of the fast-moving flu epidemic, the more you can do to stay healthy, the better. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine to protect yourself from the flu virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone older than six months get a flu vaccination each year. 

Flu shots are covered under all Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) health benefit plans and free to WGAT participants at our Cedar Health and Wellness Center in Salinas. Walk-ins are welcome, or to make an appointment, please call (831) 422-0230.

Wendy Fink-Weber

2013 is here and that means several Health Care Reform requirements are around the corner.  On January 17, Western Growers will be in Phoenix to review PPACA requirements that take effect this year including W-2 reporting, the notice to employees regarding the health care exchange, new summary of benefits and coverage, flexible spending account and annual limit caps, and more. This workshop is designed for small employers (50 employees or less).

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