Feb 14

IRS warns about sophisticated phone scam

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers about a sophisticated phone scam in which scammers are posing as IRS agents.

Reports of fraudulent calls are popping up around the nation, and the warning is timely because Presidents Day weekend is typically a busy period for tax filings, said Mark Hanson, IRS media relations representative for North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Scammers are telling their potential victims that they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.

The ruse is particularly effective, Hanson said, because the scammer knows the victim’s name, the last four digits of the person’s Social Security number — sometimes the entire Social Security number. Furthermore, the tricksters have found a way to manipulate caller ID so that the call looks as though it’s coming from a legitimate IRS phone number, Hanson said.

Read the full article at BlueRidgeNow:
http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20140214/ARTICLES/140219919/1151?Title=IRS-warns-about-sophisticated-phone-scam

Feb 10

Congratulations to the Safety 1st Award winners for 2013!

Markel Insurance

Every year Markel recognizes camps that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to safety. Many of our camps have received the Safety 1st designation for multiple, consecutive years, and we offer them special congratulations.  Morrow Insurance Agency would like to recognize the following camps for achieving this special recognition:

  • Green River Preserve
  • Tate’s Day Camp
  • Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center
  • Inside Out, Inc.
  • Camp Ton-A-Wandah
  • Camp High Rocks
  • Strong Rock Camp

Keep up the good work!

Feb 06

Rasmussen Helps Camps Navigate the Affordable Care Act

Morrow Insurance Employee Benefits Specialist, Jim Rasmussen, had the privilege of speaking at the NC Youth Camp Association Conference on January 10 and at the American Camp Association on February 6 concerning the Affordable Care Act and how the law affects camps.  Camp workforce requirements and seasons impact what camps are required to do to comply with the law.  For those needing more information or those wanting assistance with their employee benefits needs, please contact Jim at jrasmussen@morrowinsurance.com.

Sep 17

Persons & Taylor Recognized for 25 Years of Service

Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc. is pleased to announce the anniversary of two long term employees.  Jean Persons, Customer Service Representative in the Camp Insurance Department and Liz Taylor, Producer for the Crop Insurance Department have recently completed 25 years of service to the agency.  They were honored at a breakfast meeting at Highland Lake Inn on August 15, 2013 and recognized for their dedicated service.  Thanks Jean & Liz for all of your hard work!

(Pictured from left to right, Jim Rasmussen, Jean Persons, Liz Taylor & Dave Shaffer, President & CEO)

 

Aug 20

Affordable Care Act–The Exchanges

On August 15, 2013 WLOS aired a segment on the exchanges that will be available as part of the Affordable Care Act.  Morrow Insurance’s Sharon Robbins was interviewed and her comments were featured as part of the segment. Kudos to the Benefits Department for continuing to be a leader in WNC to keep people informed about the important changes coming in health insurance.

Jul 23

Music on Main Friday Night

Please join us this Friday night, July 26  for Music On Main sponsored by Morrow Insurance.  This week’s entertainment will be Emporium.  Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy the music from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Put on your dancing shoes and head to Music On Main Street for some good toe tapping music.  Be sure to look for the Morrow gang!

Jul 03

Healthcare Reform Updates

Morrow Insurance’s Jim Rasmussen will be one of the speakers at this month’s Business Morning Update informing members about Heathcare Reform/Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, July 10th at The Chariot ~ 715 N. Church Street. Networking begins at 7:45 am and the program begins at 8 am.

Also on Wednesday, July 10th, Morrow Insurance will be hosting a Health Care Reform Seminar for businesses covering items they need to address and current changes in the law.  For more information or to register for the seminar, visit:  http://morrowjulyseminar.eventbrite.com/

Jun 25

2013 Relay for Life

The 2013 Relay for Life event was a smashing success.   We have reached the “Platinum Level” in fundraising and it looks like the Morrow Team will come in with a final total of approximately $7,929.  We are in fourth place out of 40 teams.    If you have any additional funds to turn in for 2013 there is still plenty of time.  The grand total of all teams raised to date overall for the Henderson County Relay for life is over $99,817 and counting.

We had an amazing turnout at the event on May 17th of team members, friends & family members, and Morrow employees and can proudly say that we always had  at least one person on the track all night!  We can’t even begin to express our thanks to everyone for all your efforts raising funds, walking, donating, recruiting team members, getting items donated, baking, planting, serving, setting up, cleaning up, donating canned goods, etc.

Surprisingly (and downright shocking) we did not win the $1,500 challenge for Most Feet on the Track – Congratulations to the Hendersonville Middle School team who won that challenge! We cannot believe we didn’t win that one.  We’ll get ‘em next year.

Thanks to all of our sponsors, Morrow Insurance, Choo Choo BBQ. Fresh Market, and Texas Roadhouse for helping out with donated goods and to all of you who participated in any way—- but special thanks go out to all of our 2013 team mates who are survivors; Sharon Robbins, Christina Dinardo, Lacy Dylweski,  Karla Turner, Patricia Brown and George Persons.   This is all about YOU!

With the American Cancer Society our team is doing our part to create a world where cancer is history and to make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life!

Jun 18

Morrow Agents Become PPACA Certified

Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc. is pleased to announce four of their agents, Jim Rasmussen, Sharon Robbins, Meredith Tidwell and Rhonda Marshall have been accredited as Certified Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Professionals through The National Association of Health Underwriters’ (NAHU).

Rasmussen, Robbins, Tidwell and Marshall each completed a 10-hour course to receive the most up-to-date information on the key technical components of PPACA and were required to pass a final exam for accreditation.  “By taking this course, these agents have joined an elite group who is uniquely qualified to assist clients in complying with the new law,” said NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein. “They understand how the market is likely to change over the next few years, and are in the perfect position to advise families and businesses in planning for the future.”

Topics of study include:

  • Implementing healthcare reform—overview and politics
  • Grandfathered plans and the small-business tax credit
  • Medicare Part D and non-discrimination rules
  • Patient protection and changes to consumer-directed health plans
  • Medical loss ratio requirements and tax implications
  • W-2 reporting, summary of benefits, waiting periods, essential benefits and community rating
  • Individual mandate, pre-existing conditions and rating reform
  • Health insurance exchanges for individuals and small employers
  • Employer pay or play
  • Self-insured plans

“Becoming Certified PPACA Professionals gives area employers and individuals confidence we are ready and able to assist them with the complex and confusing aspects of Health Care Reform,” comments Jim Rasmussen, Morrow’s Executive Vice President. “Our ability to help navigate the sections of the law that take effect January 1, 2014 and beyond will aid employers in being able be remain focused on their core businesses without getting bogged down in this sweeping legislation.”

The National Association of Health Underwriters represents 100,000 professional health insurance agents and brokers who provide insurance for millions of Americans. For more information on how Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc. can assist your business through continued implementation and compliance with Health Care Reform law,  please call Sharon Robbins, Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc. at 828-694-5143 or email her at srobbins@morrowinsurance.com.

 

Jun 12

Homeowners Coverage in North Carolina

Due to an increase in property claims over the last several years and regulations on home insurance pricing in North Carolina, many companies are now requiring that their clients bundle their auto and home coverage together in order to qualify for homeowners insurance.

Our agency has seen homeowner’s rates increase as much as 50% over the last two years as well as an increase in company cancellations due to claims. Also, many companies are increasing their minimum deductibles on property claims or are only offering split deductibles, a higher deductible for wind and hail than for all other perils.

You can maximize your premium credits by insuring your home and auto with the same carrier, saving on both your home and auto. You will also qualify for coverage with many more carriers if you are willing to place both policies with the same company. There has never been a better time to review your insurance portfolio and compare coverage and pricing. Give us a call and put your Morrow Insurance agent to work for you. We will help to determine your best coverage options for your premium dollars.

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