Articles By Mitzi Johnson

2019 Medicare and Health Care Planning Guide

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MEDICARE 2019: MEDICARE’s Annual Enrollment Period begins on October 15, 2018 and ends December 7, 2018. It is during this time that all individuals Aged 65+ should evaluate and review their health care needs for the upcoming new year. If already enrolled, you will receive a letter from your current carrier that will include an Annual… Read more »

Oregon employers to receive money back as workers’ comp costs continue to decrease

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For the ninth year in a row, SAIF declares a substantial dividend for policyholders. posted September 12, 2018 Today the SAIF board of directors declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF’s policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder’s safety… Read more »

Workers’ compensation costs to drop for sixth-straight year

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Salem, OR—Oregon employers next year, on average, will pay $1.12 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, down from $1.23 in 2018, under a proposal by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). That figure covers workers’ compensation claims costs, assessments, and insurer profit and expenses. This will mark the sixth year… Read more »

AGC/SAIF Members Rewarded for Safety Efforts

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AGC/SAIF workers’ comp participants to receive $7.9M retro return The Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter (AGC) and SAIF announced today a $7,876,242 retrospective return for the 638 companies who participated in the AGC/SAIF group workers’ compensation program during 2016-2017. This represents a 22.2 percent return of paid premiums during the policy year. Increased construction activity… Read more »

Safety pays – again and again

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SAIF will return two dividends to its customers this year: one based on premium alone, and another based on safety performance. Over the past 27 years, Oregon workplaces have driven down workers’ compensation claims frequency by more than 70 percent through their powerful focus on workplace safety-which, in turn, has reduced workers’ compensation rates by… Read more »

Premier NW Insurance Qualifies for the Nationwide® FAST Track Contest

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Premier NW Insurance is once again happy to be recognized by Nationwide for our continued role as one of Oregon’s leading writers of Agribusiness insurance. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DES MOINES, IA – Premier NW Insurance qualified for the Nationwide® Agribusiness annual FAST Track contest. This qualification is earned as a result of new farm sales and signifies their… Read more »

Workers’ compensation costs to drop for fourth-straight year

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Salem, OR—Oregon employers will see a key portion of their workers’ compensation costs drop by an average 6.6 percent in 2017, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. This marks the fourth year in a row – and eighth year in the past decade – that businesses will experience an average decrease… Read more »

Safety pays dividends

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Employers who insure with SAIF may be eligible for two dividends this year: one based on premium, and another tied to safety performance. September 14, 2016 Contact: Lauren Casler | laucas@saif.com | 503.373.8615 When it comes to workers’ compensation, safety pays the best dividends. The reason is simple—costs remain low because accidents and injuries are… Read more »

Career Opportunity – Commercial Insurance Account Executive

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Premier NW Insurance is growing and we are looking to add an experienced Account Executive to our Commercial Lines team in our Salem branch office. We are an independent agency with a strong emphasis on customer service. We value our clients and our staff and have long-term relationships with both. We are not a large downtown shop…. Read more »

Oregon health insurer to shutter, advises 15,000 customers to find other plans

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If you are currently one of the 15,000 people affected by this news and need assistance finding replacement coverage, please contact our office. We have many plan options available and can help walk you through the complicated enrollment process.   Health Republic Insurance, one of two federally created Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans in Oregon, won’t… Read more »