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 out-of-pocket costs for testing, treatment and other services related to the coronavirus. The rules come [...]

By | 2020-04-28T13:19:05-07:00 April 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 legitimate concerns about productivity, communications ― and even the possibility of workers' comp claims [...]

By | 2020-04-21T09:52:59-07:00 April 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

IRS Allows HDHPs to Pay for COVID-19 Testing, Treatment Pre-Deductible

The IRS has issued new emergency guidance that allows insurers to waive the cost of coronavirus testing and treatment for individuals who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). Major health insurers report they've been concerned that if they can make the change to their high-deductible plans without breaching IRS regulations regarding such plans. Specifically, [...]

By | 2020-04-14T10:26:03-07:00 April 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CARES Act Helps Coronavirus-affected Employers, Employees Alike

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus law to help American workers and businesses weather the outbreak has a number of provisions that employers and their workers need to know about and can take advantage of during this crisis. The CARES Act includes provision for: Extended unemployment benefits. Requiring health [...]

By | 2020-04-07T10:47:45-07:00 April 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Law Requires COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave, FMLA Benefits

Legislation signed into law by President Trump will extend sick leave benefits for workers who are sickened by the coronavirus, as well as provide for additional weeks of time off under the Family Medical Leave Act so they can be guaranteed of being able to return to their jobs afterwards. Public and private employers alike [...]

By | 2020-04-01T11:01:41-07:00 April 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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