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On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law. The bill provides paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expands food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requires employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. More about the bill. Please see the Department of Labor's FFCRA FAQ page: FAQ Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Our Total Absence Management team has also created this valuable guide to Leave & ADA: Employer's Guide to Leave & ADA During COVID-19 Visit our COVID-19 Client Resource Hub for more.
Last Thursday Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregon had reached an agreement with some private health insurance companies to waive copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for Oregonians who undergo testing for COVID-19. The agreement will apply to a vaccine for the virus if one becomes available but does not apply to prescription drugs at this time. State officials are working on a similar agreement for self-insured health plans. The state is also working with the federal government to clarify exceptions to cost-sharing for Medicare Advantage plans, and health savings account eligible high-deduction plans. The following companies have committed to this agreement [...]
“Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued an emergency order to Washington state health insurers requiring them to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing (www.doh.wa.gov) for coronavirus (COVID-19)."
TPG’s Total Absence Management (TAM) team is in Washington DC this week to participate in the premier conference for absence and disability professionals—the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Annual Conference. “The 2019 DMEC Annual Conference offers a one-of-a-kind deep dive into the challenges that leave professionals face each day. With a focus on progressive solutions, absence experts will share successful approaches to FMLA and ADA compliance, benefit programs, return to work, mental health, benchmarking, paid leave, technology, and much more” (dmec.org). Join our TAM team at the following sessions to gain expert insight about your leave solutions and data: Decipher Your [...]
Ready or not, the 2020 presidential campaign has begun, and health care is key to many of the candidates' platforms. But with so many terms flying around—Medicare for All, socialized medicine, universal coverage, public option—how is one supposed to develop an informed opinion? Like millions of other Americans, our very own Sarah Friend watched the recent 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate debates and found herself scratching her head in confusion. “Even for someone who follows health care legislation,” Sarah said, “it was hard to determine what each candidate’s position really was as it relates to future health care policy and legislation.” [...]