News & Updates

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Individual Medical and Medicare Enrollment Deadlines Approaching


Medicare Annual Election Period

The Medicare Annual Election Period ends December 7th, 2015. If you have questions about your benefits, premium, or would like to find a plan that best fits your needs, give us a call.

Important dates for 2016 Individual Medical Enrollment

  • November 1, 2015: Open Enrollment started — first day you can enroll in a 2016 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace or Direct with an Insurance Carrier. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016.
  • December 15, 2015: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start January 1, 2016
  • January 1, 2016: 2016 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
  • January 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start February 1, 2016
  • January 31, 2016: 2016 Open Enrollment ends. Enrollments or changes between January 16 and January 31 take effect March 1, 2016.

If you don’t enroll in a 2016 health insurance plan by January 31, 2016, you can’t enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

For more information or clarification, contact your agent.

Prepare Your House for the Winter Months


It’s Cold Outside. Make Sure Your Home is Winterized.
by Michael Cousins | Nov 11, 2015

For most of us, wintertime is a perfect opportunity to break out comfy wool blankets, make some hot chocolate, and enjoy the warmth of a fireplace. But while you snuggle and get warm, your house stays exposed to the elements. With extreme temperatures, even small items can add up to large and costly problems if left unattended.

Here are a few things you can do to ensure your home is properly winterized:

Clean Out Your Gutters 
Now’s the time of year when leaves, acorns, pine needles, and other debris can easily fall into and clog up the gutters. Make sure that water can easily flow through the gutters so icicles and ice dams don’t form.

Trim Trees and Vines 
It’s amazing how fast some trees will grow every year, extending their branches over your house or driveway (and perhaps creeping onto your neighbor’s property). You’ll want to keep them properly pruned, because ice and snow can accumulate on the branches, weigh them down significantly, and cause them to snap off. Cars, sheds, roofs, and other outdoor items can be severely damaged by even the smallest icy branches.

Check all the Pipes
Be thorough: Chances are your home has more faucets and pipes (and potential trouble spots) than you think. Disconnect and store all your garden hoses so they won’t freeze up. If your home has a separate shut-off valve for external faucets, shut off the water, drain the faucets, and place covers over them for the winter.

Disconnect and drain any sprinkler systems. If you have an extensive underground sprinkler system, you may want to call a professional company to blow out any leftover water that may be in the underground lines. For the rest of your home, be sure you know where the main waterline shut-off is located so you’ll be able to stop major problems before they occur.

Check Your Heating System…
The colder it gets, the busier most HVAC professionals will be. So don’t put off having your system inspected and tuned-up to ensure it’s running correctly and efficiently. A proper servicing will include:
* Checking for carbon monoxide
* Cleaning and replacing air filters
* Checking blower operation
* Cleaning motor and fan
* Inspecting gas piping to furnace

…and the Air Conditioning, too
Make sure your air conditioning system is properly shut down for winter:
* Drain any pipes or hoses coming from your air conditioner
* Vacuum out any pools of water you have in the A/C’s drain pan
* Cover your central air unit with a plastic air conditioner cover to keep water and snow out

Prepare a 72-hour Emergency Kit
Even if your home is properly winterized, you could still lose power during a bad storm and roads could be treacherous. Make sure you have enough food, water, medicine, batteries, and other supplies to last a few days. Many camping and outdoor stores offer pre-made 72-hour kits.

Follow these thoughtful tips and you should be able to ride out the worst of “Old Man Winter” without any serious trouble. For other winterizing tips, click here.

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Chris’ Cranberry Sauce

Chris Evers ALWAYS makes great food, so we asked for one of her favorite holiday recipes to share with you all. Here’s what she picked:

Chris' Cranberry Sauce

Chris’ Cranberry & Dried-Cherry Sauce
*Adapted from a Bon Appetit Recipe*

Servings: Makes about 4 cups.

1 12-ounce container frozen cranberry juice cocktail, thawed
1 cup water
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 6-ounce package dried tart cherries (raisins or dried cranberries can be substituted)
1 12-ounce bag cranberries

Bring first 6 ingredients to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add cherries; cook 2 minutes. Add cranberries; cook until berries pop, stirring occasionally, about 9 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Cover; chill overnight. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.) Discard cinnamon. Serve cold or at room temperature.



Beth Black concludes year as Chair of Board of Directors – McMinnville

Earlier this month, Beth Black – one of our Employee Benefits Specialists – ended her year as Chair of the Board of Directors of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce. In this photo, Beth (left) had just passed the baton to Deanna Benson (right) from Freelin Wade, with Jon Gross (center) as the announcer. Beth remains on the Board of Directors for the Chamber, and we are so thrilled to have her as involved as she is in the community.

The Chamber of Commerce is responsible for building networks and relationships and a strong local economy. If you are looking for a specific kind of business, the Chamber will be able to point you in the right direction. It is run with many volunteers, all of whom share the same mission – to promote growth in their city.

At Hagan Hamilton, we believe in the growth and development of our communities, and we encourage our employees to get involved and give back. Beth is just one of many employees who volunteer or serve in some capacity. And for that, we are truly grateful.

McMinnville Supervisor Training Series

Trupp HR and Linfield College have partnered together to bring a series of 3 Supervisor Training sessions to McMinnville, all held at Linfield College. The training is designed to equip supervisors, HR Professionals, and Business Leaders with leadership skills and tools to optimize employee engagement and performance. Each course is independent of the others; you may choose to attend individual sessions or the entire series. All half day sessions will be held at Linfield College from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. You can click on the Register Now links below for additional information on each session or you can contact Trupp HR at (503) 828-0255. HRCI and SHRM Credits available!

Session #1: Thursday, July 16th

Employment Law Basics. Register Now.


Session #2: Thursday, July 30th

Unleashing SUPER Supervisors. Register Now.


Session #3: Thursday, August 20th.

Performance Management for an Engaged Workforce. Register Now.




“See Ya Later” Foundation Wins Safeco Make More Happen Award

Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award winner "See Ya Later" Foundation

Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award winner “See Ya Later” Foundation

We are excited for our friends at “See Ya Later” Foundation, because they received the Make More Happen Award from Safeco Insurance. Our own Rosie Garrison nominated SYL for the award back in September, 2014.  After reading through all nomination letters, Safeco selected only 30 non-profits from across the country to receive a $3000 award, and then two from that group to receive a $10,000 1st Place and $5,000 2nd Place award. While SYL did not win 1st or 2nd, all non-profits were listed online and were told to have friends and family vote for them. If the non-profits each reached a certain number of votes, they received an additional $500. “See Ya Later” foundation reached the goal and the total award amount was $3500. We are so honored to be supporting such an inspiring organization, and would like to congratulate them on receiving this award! The future is bright because of the work they do in this community.

On Thursday, December 18th, Safeco Insurance representatives Casie Bowers and LeeAnn Sternes presented this award to Rosie and Carmen Banke of “See Ya Later” Foundation. Pictured above are LeeAnn, Carmen, and Rosie.

Healthcare Reform & Healthcare Costs

Jim Walton (Director of New Sales at Regence BlueCross BlueShield) gave an insightful presentation on Healthcare Reform.  Click on the following link to view his presentation:

Healthcare Reform Presentation

Dan Ordyna (CEO of Willamette Valley Medical Center) also gave a presentation on the costs of healthcare going forward.  Click on the following link to view his presentation:

Healthcare Costs Presentation

Hagan Hamilton Turns 100

Hagan Hamilton’s “roots” go way back in Yamhill County and the company has been a prominent business in McMinnville and surrounding area for over 100 years.

The agency got its start in 1910 as a sole proprietorship known as the W.L. Warren Agency. It had become the Warren & Beeson Agency by 1921, and the Beeson & Baker Agency in the mid to late 1920’s.

Mr. Gordon Carey, a graduate of the University of Oregon, became a key player of the Beeson-Baker Agency when he moved to McMinnville in 1938. Mr. Carey’s early success and business sense resulted in the agency being re-named to the Gordon Carey Insurance Agency in 1942.

By 1953, Gordon Carey had built a very successful insurance agency located at the First Federal Savings and Loan building. He was also extremely active in business and civic circles in McMinnville. It came as a shock to the community when Mr. Carey suddenly passed away from a heart attack at the age of 42 on August 27, 1953.

At the time of his death, Gordon Carey had two prominent employees, Merrill Hagan and Mike Hamilton who functioned in key roles at the agency and continued to help grow the business. By 1961, both Mr. Hagan and Mr. Hamilton arranged to purchase the Gordon Carey agency and subsequently renamed the company to Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services located on the corner of 3rd & Evans.

After many successful years managing Hagan Hamilton, both Mr. Hagan and Mr. Hamilton retired in the late 1970’s. However, by 1980 there were 5 different owners, the country was in the middle of a severe recession and it was a time of uncertainty in the business community. Hagan Hamilton Insurance was not immune from the impacts of the harsh business environment and suffered economically from both the recession and the lack of strategic planning needed to endure the difficult times.

In 1984 Oregon Mutual Insurance Company purchased (saved) the agency and hired Mike Keyes (who is currently CEO for Oregon Mutual) as the General Manager to get things back “on track”. All of Hagan Hamilton’s branch offices were sold and several employees lost their jobs. It was during this time of crisis that Rick John was hired as a life & health and personal lines agent in 1981.

Dale Moore was one of the 5 previous owners that “survived” at the time Oregon Mutual bought the agency in 1984. Over the next several years, Rick and Dale became the top producers at Hagan Hamilton Insurance and distinguished themselves as true business professionals.

In 1991 a dialogue with Oregon Mutual began that resulted in Rick and Dale becoming the new partners/owners of Hagan Hamilton Insurance. Rick and Dale worked closely together, growing the business during the 90’s with an eventual agreement that Rick would become the sole owner of Hagan Hamilton Insurance when Dale retired in 2000.

Since 2000 Hagan Hamilton has purchased 5 agencies, grown to over 11,000 clients, has branch offices in Sheridan and Newberg and most importantly has 44 of the finest, most educated, client-focused insurance professionals in the industry. We are extremely proud of our staff.

It is hoped that this brief summary of Hagan Hamilton’s history and accomplishments has been beneficial for you. We also hope it causes you to have confidence and security knowing that Hagan Hamilton Insurance will make wise decisions and provide our clients with creative and pragmatic options to manage risk in a proactive manner and insure wisely and efficiently.

Health Care Reform Presentation

Learn more about current health reform legislation and what it means for you.

Jared L. Short, President of Regence Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Oregon, gives an insightful presentation.

Download it here.