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Mid-Valley Claims Association News Network

APRIL 2019

Volume XXVI • Number IV Serving MVCA Since 1994

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What’s Inside

Medicare Set-Asides at April 19 MVCA Medivest Vice President of Business Operations, Joe Anderson, to speak at April 19th MVCA


Christine Reed with CDI “Fair Claims Settlement Practices Act” Regulations Recertification at May 24 MVCA

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Beth Ossino with Update on Cannabis 4 Insurance Related Issues



April, 2019 President’s Message Bryan Harrison



2019 Membership Drive


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Good Things Happening at MVCA

Friday, April 19, 2019

Good things are happening at Mid-Valley Claims. We had a most informative presentation by our own Beth Ossino on the latest in the Cannabis Insurance markets at the March meeting. We’re excited about our next couple of speakers, and looking forward to the revitalization of the MVCA Golf Tournament June 27th!

2019 Upcoming Events Luncheon Meeting Dealing with Medicare Set-Aside Joe Anderson, of Medivest - see page 5

Friday, May 24, 2019*

Luncheon Meeting Annual California Dept of Insurance “Fair Claims Settlement Practices Act” Recertification Christine Reed, of Low Ball & Lynch

* note: luncheon moved to 4th Friday in May to avoid conflict with Sacramento Claims golf tournament

Thursday, June 27, 2019 MVCA GOLF TOURNAMENT!!! The Reserve @ Spanos Park

please note the THURSDAY Date!

Friday, July 19, 2019 Luncheon Meeting -

Bingo Bonanza! August 27-29, 2019 26th annual CCNC -

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October 18, 2019, 2nd annual MVCA Bowling Tournament November 15, 2019, Luncheon Meeting

April 2019 Message from MVCA President, Bryan Harrison

A big thank you to Beth Ossino, Vice President and Claims Manager for Golden Bear Insurance, who stepped-up last minute to present for the group the latest on Cannabis Markets and Claims at the March meeting. We had a last minute change as our scheduled speaker, Christine Reed, from Low Ball & Lynch, had an unexpected schedule conflict. I’m happy to report Christine has rescheduled with us to conduct the annual Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations recertification. Please note that the change of date for that event. We are moving it to May 24th, instead of the normal third Friday, in consideration of the Sacramento Claims Association’s Golf Tournament on the 17th. Beth provided a lot of information about insurance markets as they relate to the cannabis industry. From coverage for growing, property facilities, to Liability coverage for dispensaries, there is a lot to be considered. Golden Bear, she stated, is the only mainstream carrier insuring these markets thus far.

For our April 19th luncheon, we are pleased to welcome Mr. Joe Anderson, from Medivest, who will give a presentation on Medicare Set-asides in various capacities.

We also look forward to the return of our annual Golf Tournament. That will occur THURSDAY, June 27th. MVCA Board member, Eric Gacutan, has been coordinating the event, which will be held at The Reserve at Spanos Park. Please go to our site for more info, foursome purchases, and sponsorship options: Not yet a member for 2019?! Perfect! Sign up today on our site and receive the discounted luncheon rate. Our 2019 Membership Drive is in full swing! Great to see a full room at Dave Wong’s, once again. Let’s keep this attendance happening! All the best,

Bryan Harrison

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Beth Ossino with Update on Cannabis Insurance Related Issues By Bryan Harrison

Golden Bear VP and Claims Manager, Beth Ossino, shared the latest information on the Cannabis industry as it relates to insurance coverage at the March 15, 2019 MVCA luncheon meeting A last minute change in speaker scheduled for the March 15, 2019 MidValley Claims Association luncheon meeting allowed the group to hear the latest on the Cannabis industry, with regard to how the insurance market is affected. Scheduled speaker, Christine Reed, who was to provide the annual Fair Claims regulations recertification was rescheduled for the May luncheon meeting, due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. That meeting will be held Friday, May 24th, not the usual third Friday. As a last minute stand-in, Beth Ossino was most accommodating in providing her update on the Cannabis industry. Golden Bear insurance is the only rated insurance carrier to offer coverage for cannabis businesses - from grow operations to dispensaries. The industry faces numerous challenges, from crop loss Continued page 7

Golden Bear Insurance VP and Claims Manager, Beth Ossino, enlightened a good crowd on the latest in the Cannabis insurance industry

Beth Ossino, with Nathan Williamson, a local New York Life Gallo Claims Department folks as well as Truex Insurance, Thomas Shefchick Agent, and her son. Engineering, and Western Appraisers were all in attendance.

Golden Bear Insurance folks, along with New York Life represented at the March meeting

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Dealing with Medicare Set-Asides Joe Anderson, of Medivest, to present at April 19 MVCA

Mid-Valley Claims is very pleased to present Mr. Joe Anderson, Vice President of Business Development for Medivest, as our guest speaker at the April 19, 2019 MVCA Luncheon. Joe Anderson

Joe is a frequent speaker on MSP compliance across the country. He has developed a special focus on integrating MSA’s with Special Needs Trusts as well as Medicare compliance in the ever-changing liability arena. His presentation promises to help you customize strategies to build into your future medical settlement planning. Medivest is a leading provider of Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance solutions to the workers’ compensation and general liability industry. Medivest has been administering medical custodial accounts since 1996, and in 1998, was the first to professionally administer a Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement. Medivest has been a persistent innovator, creating solutions (such as the MSA SelfAdministration Kit and MSA Trust Advisor Services) that address a variety of MSP and settlement issues. Medivest offers a wide array of products and services that make it the most competent and comprehensive source for MSP compliance solutions in the industry.

As a leading provider of products and services that assist settling parties remain in compliance with Medicare Secondary Payer obligations including custodial accounts and Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs), Mr. Anderson has spent time working for a national structured settlement planning firm dedicated to providing analysis, design and implementation of periodic payment packages in the resolution of personal injury and wrongful death litigation as well as innovative attorney fee structures relevant to class action, taxable damages and other non-traditional structured settlement cases. Additionally, Joe has worked for a national insurance carrier underwriting commercial risks including a top 5 account for the western region. He received his degree from the University of San Francisco as a student-athlete with a major in Sociology and minor in Psychology, earning him induction into the Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society. Joe is also a member of the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP).

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People On The Move


James Bolin and Colin Marcee City Water Conservations Inc. serves are very pleased to announce the the greater Sacramento area, the launch of City Water Conservation East Bay to South Bay and the San Inc., established on January 1, 2019. Joaquin and Stanislaus counties that “We’ve created this leak detection make up the Central Valley. company of the future to facilitate “Operating 7 days a week at no extra the merging of the green home to the cost gives us opportunity to assist in smart home in regards to water and to assist homeowners and their insurers in addressing their plumbing disasters,” they said in a press release announcement. “Our services to the industry include non-invasive leak detection with a focus on cause and origin reports, direct slab leak repair and complete James Bolin & Colin Marcee, of City Water Conservation, Inc. and partial re-piping - all possible through the ease of online booking emergency situations and provide with transparent pricing,” they stated. flexibility for homeowners.” “This system allows us to operate at James and Colin first got into the maximum efficiency, in turn, growing claims industry as pupils to the two our serviceable area of coverage.” very best and most reputable leak

detection companies in the region, gaining a combined 28 years of experience through the process. City Water Conservation Inc’s leak detection specialist and co-owner, Colin Marcee, is originally from El Paso, Texas and planted his roots here in the Sacramento area back in 2010. The company’s operations manager and co-owner, Jamie “James” Bolin, was born and raised in the South Bay until moving and maintaining establishment in the Central Valley from his teenage years to today. Both Colin and James share that they each have only partial college experience and strive to be examples to the next generation that highly skilled and technical work in the claims industry is a good, honest living, driven by experience one can only find in the field. James’ strongest accomplishment

InsuranceDiversityBill Aims toPromote California’s Woman-, Minority-, LGBT- and Veteran-Owned Businesses SB 534 (Bradford) passes Senate Insurance Committee SACRAMENTO — The California Senate Insurance Committee has approved Senate Bill 534, which encourages the $310 billion insurance industry to use its buying power to benefit diverse small businesses. SB 534 is authored by Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) and sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. SB 534 extends innovative programs that bring increased transparency and opportunities for partnership between the nation’s largest insurance market and woman-, minority-, LGBT- and veteran-owned businesses. “California’s nation-leading insurance industry can be an engine of prosperity for diverse businesses, benefiting our communities and the customers they serve,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. “SB 534 will continue to

leverage the rapid growth of the insurance sector’s role in contributing to vibrant local economies.” “California is a diverse state and becomes more diverse with each day,” said Senator Steven Bradford. “Ignoring that fact also ignores the proven value diverse businesses have and the importance of making our economy more inclusive. Insurance spending on diverse businesses increased 93% over the few years the supplier survey was administered. I think that difference speaks to the enormous impact this measure will have.” Since 2011, the California Department of Insurance’s Insurance Diversity Initiative has aimed to increase supplier and governing board diversity in the insurance industry. Through surveys administered by the Department to insurers since 2012, critical data has

revealed important findings on diversity in the industry. The Department’s surveys have seen procurement between insurers and California’s diverse-owned businesses increase by 93% over a five-year period, from $930 million in 2012 to $1.8 billion in 2017. SB 534 will reauthorize the Insurance Supplier Diversity Survey, which expired in January 2019, and expand it to include LGBT- and veteran-owned businesses. In addition SB 534 will continue the Department of Insurance’s governing board survey and extend the Insurance Diversity Task Force, comprised of up to 15 members representing insurance companies, experts in supplier and governing board diversity, and minority, women, disabled-veteran or veteran, and LGBT business enterprises.

has been graduating from the accredited Ray Simon Police Academy in 2008, where he took the ethics and integrity instilled and applied it to his work in the claims industry as a repair and leak detection specialist. Colin’s strongest accomplishment has been moving out to a new place and picking up the leak detection trade while pairing it with his desire to offer great customer service, motivating him to blaze his own trail to help start his own company. Colin and James’ bosses have been content with their work, wished them the best and let them know “the door is always open”, “and we admire them for their support,” they said. Colin and James had first worked the industry together for their previous employer for almost four years and separately for another four and maintained a close friendship with excitement to now be working together with their refined skill sets to offer work with the same degree of professionalism learned from the best. You can reach Colin personally at (916) 365-1035 and James at (209) 652-4378

Cannabis Issues at Mar MVCA Continued from page 4

and property damages to liability, and even the industry’s “cashonly” policy causes hurdles with which to deal. Given the lack of Federal acquiescence to the legalization of even medical, let alone recreational, cannabis use, the industry remains on an all cash basis for the time being. Beth is available to speak to groups on this topic.

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