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Harrah's Northern California to provide team members full insurance coverage

22 March 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Harrah's Northern California Tribal and property leadership are notifying team members impacted by the temporary suspension in operations that 100% of their insurance benefits, including medical, dental, vision and supplemental benefits, will be paid for by the Casino throughout the duration of the property’s closure.

To ensure no team member experiences a lapse in medical benefit coverage, beginning 1 April 2020 Harrah’s Northern California will begin paying 100 percent of both employer and employee health insurance premiums. The Casino temporarily suspended operations Wednesday, 18 March for the well-being of guests and team members out of concern for public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Harrah’s Northern California. During the closure, Harrah’s Northern California team members will receive two-weeks’ pay for their regular hourly wages or salaries and benefits will not be interrupted.

“We understand the impact these uncertain times have on our team members,” said Rhonda Pope-Flores, Buena Vista Rancheria Chairwoman. “Our hope is to offer our team members one less worry by covering 100 percent of their medical benefits. Harrah’s and the Buena Vista Tribe have a caring culture and long-standing commitment to team members, and we’ll be there for them during this challenging time.”

In addition to supporting team members, Harrah’s Northern California is working to help sustain the local community as well. On Thursday, 19 April, the Casino donated six pallets of fresh food between the Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County and the Stockton San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank. Goods were donated from excess stores the property would have used during the time of the temporary closure.

Tribal and Harrah’s Northern California leadership continue to closely monitor the evolving situation and will follow recommended guidelines and work collaboratively with local and state agencies to establish a re-opening date as soon as advised. Harrah’s Northern California looks forward to welcoming guests and team members back to the Casino as soon as the current challenges have passed.

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