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MEDICAL COVERAGE

Effective March 20, COVID-19 testing coverage has been mandated and applies to the following health plans and issuers, regardless of grandfathered status under the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

  • All fully insured group health plans
  • All self-insured group health plans
  • Health insurance issuers offering group or individual coverage


During this public health emergency, health plans and issuers must cover FDA-approved diagnostic testing products for COVID-19, including any items or services provided during a visit to a provider (in-person or telehealth), urgent care center or emergency room that relate to COVID-19 testing. This coverage cannot be subject to any plan deductible, copayment or coinsurance and must be provided without prior authorization or other medical management requirements.

It is important to note that this mandate does not require health plans and issuers to cover COVID-19 treatment at no charge. Exact coverage details for COVID-19 treatment, including any cost-sharing amounts, will vary by plan.

The IRS has advised that high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for COVID-19 testing and treatment before plan deductibles have been met without jeopardizing their status. According to the IRS, individuals who are participating in these plans may continue to contribute to their HSAs.

POST COVID-19 WORKPLACE PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST
ACCESS OUR EMPLOYER'S GUIDE TO NAVIGATING CORONAVIRUS (updated April 17, 2020)
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OPEN ENROLLMENT

Webinar: Delivering an Engaging Virtual Open Enrollment Experience

Now is the time to start thinking about how to adapt as this open enrollment season will require a big change in approach. Learn from Hylant's Employee Engagement & Communication Practice Leader Teri Glass as she shares how engaging and educating employees on your benefits offerings can be just as effective with the right virtual strategy!

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TELEHEALTH

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine can help lessen the strain of demand on healthcare facilities and providers while ensuring individuals receive the care they need.

The doctor can virtually assess your symptoms and ask screening questions to see if they would recommend a COVID-19 test for you. The doctor may also be able to recommend treatment options.

Telemedicine can also provide patients who are at the highest risk for developing severe illness as a result of COVID-19 with the care they need from the safety of their homes.

While many major health plans cover telemedicine services, be sure to check with your health plan administrator to avoid any surprise costs. For more information, contact your plan administrator.  

EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATIONS

COMMUNICATION TOOLKIT 

Our Employee Benefits clients have access to the on-demand HR resources portal, HR Navigator. Within this site, Hylant has developed a full library of resources for COVID-19 ranging from news briefs, forms, flyers, infographics and more that can also be utilized digitally to help inform, educate and protect employees during this pandemic. Contact your Hylant Representative to learn more or log on to your Hylant HR Navigator Portal.

BALANCING WORK FROM HOME

For many across the country, working from home is their new reality for the foreseeable future as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly. For some, this arrangement is business as usual. But for others, including parents and caregivers, they now face the difficult task of balancing their working from home and caregiving responsibilities.

If you’re in this situation, it may be difficult to navigate. Use the strategies outlined here to help you manage your telecommuting and caregiving responsibilities.  

HEALTH & WELL-BEING: 10-MINUTE TALKS

COVID-19 has impacted us in many ways, which includes your wellness program. Your employees may have different well-being needs whether they return to the office or continue working from home. We're here to help you be prepared.

For your convenience, we’ve recorded three videos for you to choose from when you have a minute (or 10 or 15!).

Get new insights from wellness recommendations provided by our health strategies team. We discuss strategy shifts, considerations for wellness rewards and a potential new focus on mental well-being.

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS

Your employees’ mental health during unprecedented times may be compromised. Providing information about the benefits available, whether through a medical plan, telehealth, Employee Assistance Program or wellness program, will help encourage employees to take care of their mental health during this season. It is also important that managers and leaders within the company reiterate and practice empathy around mental health concerns and not make light of the situation.

From the Hylant Blog

Steps for Reducing Anxiety Amid Coronavirus

Other Resources

WEBINARS

Substance Abuse & the Impact of COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know
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How to Support Employee Mental Well-Being During the Pandemic
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VIDEOS