February 3, 2014
Companies doing business online just became a lot more vulnerable. Last September, amendments were made to the California Database Breach Act (SB 1386) through Senate Bill 46, which expanded the definition of what constitutes compromised personal information to include “a user name or email address, in combination with a password or security question and answer that would permit access to an online account.”
February 3, 2014
PETALUMA — EPIC Insurance Brokers in Petaluma added longtime North Bay employee benefits broker Sama Hershey Davis to its roster, bolstering its employee benefits practice, the company said.
November 25, 2013
While the political posturing surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues unabated, the insurance market itself is pondering an array of potential new plan designs and policies in response to employers’ concerns on health plans. “A lot of your plans will look like an exchange solution,” said a North Bay business insurance broker. …
Sherry Rubin has joined the Wells Fargo Insurance Services office in Petaluma as an employee benefits sales executive. …
State Compensation Insurance Fund’s CEO and CFO resigned from the workers’ compensation carrier. …
November 11, 2013
Jim Settles is senior vice president and partner for Woodruff Sawyer & Company in Novato.
September 30, 2013
An ambitious effort by some of the North Bay’s top employee benefit brokers to reduce health insurance costs for employers is being delayed by several months, the result of brokers being swamped with what is arguably the busiest open-enrollment season on record.
August 26, 2013
A group of top health insurance brokers in the North Bay are putting aside their competitive natures to form a nonprofit organization that they say will focus exclusively on lowering health insurance costs for mid-sized employers in the region.
July 8, 2013
Wineries in the North Bay on average saw a 5 percent cost increase on employer-sponsored health insurance last year, in tune with national averages and down from previous years, but a majority don’t have specific plans to deal with the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey by Woodruff Sawyer & Company. …
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company named Andrew Torrance as its new president and chief executive officer. …
Fairfield-based Partnership HealthPlan of California announced that pediatrician Jeffrey Ribordy has been selected as the new regional medical director for Humboldt-Del Norte-Western Trinity counties, starting in September. …
Fireman’s Fund has partnered with R.V. Nuccio & Associates, a Southern California agency that specializes in insuring special events. …
May 27, 2013
Sutter Health West Bay Region leadership appointed Brian Alexander as its new chief administrative officer.
David Gullion, an oncologist at Marin Specialty Care/Marin Cancer Institute, was recently honored by San Rafael-based nonprofit Zero Breast Cancer for his efforts in treating women with breast cancer and leadership in integrative oncology care. …
Tangram Insurance Services, a managing general agency based in Petaluma, promoted Rekha Skantharaja president of the company. …
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. appointed Stan Loar chairman of the board as Doug Morton transitions from chairman to executive director. Charlie Rosson will continue as CEO. …
Novato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft named Chet Stromberg director of sales and marketing. …
February 4, 2013
Partnership Health Plan of California, a Fairfield-based managed Medi-Cal plan, has petitioned the state for further expansion, hoping to include Lake and six other Northern California counties, in addition to the six North Coast counties already in its network. …
Woodruff Sawyer & Co. of Novato is holding an seminar to discuss health care reform for employers, with subject matter including compliance with the Affordable Care Act, the California State Exchange and private exchanges, benefit design strategies, major employer issues for 2014, and other matters. …
Kristina Keck has joined Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. in the firm’s employee benefits practice as account executive, retirement plans. …
Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange set up under health care reform, plans to provide grants totaling $43 million for community groups to help spread the world of the exchange and how it will work. …
Insurance experts have questioned whether the penalty levied on individuals and business for not obtaining health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act would be enough of an incentive, but a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that would be. …
November 12, 2012
The political and legal challenges to federal health reform may finally be settled with the reelection of President Obama and the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act, but, even with that seeming sense of finality, a host of challenges lay ahead for all levels of the industry.
November 12, 2012
Jim Settles is senior vice president and partner and the North Bay Benefits Practice Leader for Woodruff Sawyer & Co., an independent brokerage headquartered in San Francisco with a Novato division. Mr. Settles will be a panelist for the North Bay Business Journal’s Health Care Conference, which will focus on post-election health care reform, particularly as it relates to employers in the North Bay.
October 1, 2012
Woodruff-Sawyer & Company recently announced the launch of BizInsure, a website that aims to make shopping for commercial insurance easier. …
Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans is expected to increase by 11 percent in the next year, and premiums will remain steady, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. …
The National Committee for Quality Assurance ranked Kaiser Permanente Northern California as the eighth-best commercial plan in the country and the third-best Medicare plan in its most recent survey, Kaiser announced recently. …
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 53, which requires the state’s top 200 insurance companies to report on their efforts to procure goods and services from businesses owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans. …
The California Legislature recently agreed to shift some 880,000 lower-income children from the Healthy Families program to Medi-Cal, which reimburses providers at a lower rate. That would reduce annual patient reimbursement to Santa Rosa Community Health Centers and West County Health Centers. …
August 20, 2012
Wineries across Sonoma and Napa counties will keep employee benefits largely in place, although they are increasingly resorting to consumer-driven health plans to keep costs in line, they contribute more to employee deductibles compared to other industries, according to recent survey by insurance broker Woodruff Sawyer & Company.
August 6, 2012
Dozens of Wells Fargo Insurance employees in San Francisco and San Carlos have defected to join a newly formed ABD Insurance and Financial Professionals, reclaiming the name and perhaps the culture of an influential brokerage that was acquired by Wells Fargo Insurance Services back in 2007.
January 2, 2012
NORTH BAY — Nearly two years after its passage, health care reform and much of its measures hang in the balance of what promises to be a politically charged U.S. Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance. But while politicos and pundits await the decision and its implications, health insurance experts in the North Bay said most of the reforms are here to stay, even in the event that the mandate is struck down.
August 22, 2011
NOVATO — Wineries across the North Bay experienced roughly a 12 percent cost increase in their employees’ health plans this past year, a figure that is commensurate with other industries but one that runs counter to last year’s results, according to a new survey.
July 11, 2011
A much-debated poll recently predicted a majority of companies likely would drop employee health insurance as a result of the impending federal health care overhaul. Despite the controversy, North Bay insurance experts say businesses must grapple with coverage questions at the heart of the poll results now rather than waiting until the rules take effect.
May 31, 2010
A recently completed benchmark survey that tracks insurance costs for Bay Area companies found that wineries in the North Bay spend significantly less on employee benefits while contributing more to employee premiums than other companies in other industries.
April 26, 2010
The winners of the Business Journal’s fourth-annual Forty under 40 awards were selected from more than 75 nominees and represent new honorees not previously chosen in 2007, 2008 or 2009.
February 10, 2010
PETALUMA — Woodruff-Sawyer and Company, a privately owned independent insurance brokerage, joined the North Bay Leadership Council.