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What COVID-19 Services Your Health Plan May Cover

What COVID-19 Services Your Health Plan May Cover

Under two new laws new laws that took effect in March, all health plans must cover testing, preventative services and vaccines for COVID-19 without cost-sharing. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires that group health insurance and individual health...

Some Insurers Step Up Group Health Plan Assistance

Some Insurers Step Up Group Health Plan Assistance

Some health insurers are helping business workers in group plans maintain employee benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey has found.  Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have put the hurt on hundreds of thousands of businesses across the...

10 Potential Causes of Employee COVID-19 Lawsuits

10 Potential Causes of Employee COVID-19 Lawsuits

The novel coronavirus that broke out in the winter has caused immeasurable suffering, both physical and economic. For employers struggling to stay in business, this is a fraught time where mistakes in managing their workforces could lead to employee lawsuits. Here are...

COVID-19 Changes to Health Plans Must Be Documented, Circulated

COVID-19 Changes to Health Plans Must Be Documented, Circulated

A number of plan sponsors have made changes to their group health plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as covering testing and sometimes treatment without any cost-sharing by the plan enrollee. But any changes that are made must be followed up by amending...

Update – 4-29-20

Today I have some information for you related to the growing picture of the "new normal" that is starting to develop.  Across all industries we are staring to see the pace of change speed up, with examples being the proliferation of telemedicine/virtual visits in...

Medicare Advantage, Part D Plans Get COVID-19 Leeway

Medicare Advantage, Part D Plans Get COVID-19 Leeway

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued new guidance regarding how Medicare Advantage and Part D plans can respond to enrollees affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the guidance, the plans are authorized, but not required to waive...

Coronavirus Update – 4-27-20

As a new week begins it is clear that the general focus is shifting from flattening the curve to transitioning into a new normal with significantly increased economic activity.  My update today has a number of items related on looking forward to the new...

Coronavirus update – 4-22-20

I hope that your week is off to a good start, and you and your family are remaining healthy. While the pace of change has slowed a bit in the last week, we have a number of useful pieces of information for you.  Stimulus 3.5 and 4.0: You've likely seen that a bill...

Tips for Successful Telecommuting During Outbreak

Tips for Successful Telecommuting During Outbreak

As the coronavirus spread ramps up and more people are being asked to self-isolate, many employers are scrambling to put systems in place to allow their employees to telecommute.  Many companies are not set up for telecommuting arrangements, and they have...