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COVID-19 Insurance News Update Webinar

Insurance is an essential business. We must be knowledgeable and available to help ease our clients fears and anxiety. Every Friday, this weekly webinar will give you a chance to hear about current COVID-19 insurance news from our industry experts, and get your questions answered. Register now.

COVID-19 Insurance News

Insurance is an essential business. We must be knowledgeable and available to help ease our clients fears and anxiety. Visit our site for current commentary from our insurance experts, and curated content form around the web, for the latest COVID-19 insurance news. See more.

COVID-19 Employee Rights Notice

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers with up to 500 employees to post or distribute the Employee Rights notice as of Wednesday, April 1st when the FFCRA becomes effective. For additional information on distribution and requirements, please refer to the Department of Labor website. Read more.

Important Aetna Funding Advantage (AFA) Business Updates

With the Maintenance Choice program, we offer more convenience and access to prescription delivery at a discounted rate. Read more.

VSP Extends Essential Medical Eye Care

At Kansas City Life Group Benefits and VSP® Vision Care, we’re committed to doing our part to “flatten the curve” and protect the health and safety of our members. Read more.

Highmark Update: Important Information Regarding the Implementation of Telemedicine and Virtual Medicine Services to your Fully Insured Client(s)

We recognize how important it is to help those affected by COVID-19. To ensure that all of our mutual clients and members have continued access to quality health care during such difficult circumstances, we are implementing the following changes effective immediately. Read more.

Aetna offers a Special Enrollment Period opt-in for Aetna Commercial-insured and
Small Group Aetna Funding Advantage customers

Aetna is committed to assisting members during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Aetna is providing an option for most of its insured commercial group insurance and Small Group Aetna Funding Advantage (AFA) customers to offer a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to their eligible populations. Read more.

Special measures to keep employees covered

We are actively monitoring the changing situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are focused on how we can best serve our Clients. As a result, we’d like to share a few frequently asked questions as they relate to Continuation, Rehire and Reinstatement, Portability and Conversion. Read more.

Highmark Update: New Information Regarding Highmark Annual Group Client MSP/MLR Employee Count Collection Online Survey

The deadline to reply to this notice has been extended due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. If a client does not respond to the initial letter by the original April 30, 2020 deadline, they will receive a second request letter that will be mailed shortly after the original reply-by-date. Read more.

Highmark Update: Highmark Waives Deductibles, Co-insurance, and Co-pays for In-network, Inpatient Hospital Care for COVID-19 Treatment

We wanted to make you aware that effective immediately, members who require in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 will not incur any deductibles, co-insurance and co-pays. Read more.

A message from UPMC Health Plan to our small business clients impacted by COVID-19

Like you, we at UPMC Health Plan have been making a number of adjustments to the way we live and work. Read more.

'It doesn't make any sense:' Restaurant owners push back against SBA loan restrictions

Spencer Rubin has seen his restaurant locations dwindle from 20 to 2 in just one month. The rapid closures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have slashed 80% of his revenue, forced him to lay off roughly 100 full-time employees, as well as other painful cuts to The Melt Shop, a restaurant chain he built out over nine years. Read more.

Poll finds public evenly split on delayed Supreme Court ObamaCare decision

Voters are evenly split over the Supreme Court’s decision to delay ruling on a case that could decide the fate of ObamaCare until after the 2020 presidential election, according to a poll released Monday. Read more.


Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would boost the pay of essential workers on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic by potentially tens of thousands of dollars. Read more.

Senate will vote to pass more small business aid Thursday, McConnell says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he hopes to approve further funding Thursday to buoy small businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

Auto insurance companies return $800 million in premiums because no one is driving

Two insurers -- Allstate and American Family Insurance -- announced Monday they will give back about $800 million to their auto insurance customers because people are driving far less during the coronavirus crisis. Read more.

Small business loan program stumbles as SBA system crashes

Banks on Monday struggled to assist thousands of small businesses vying for $350 billion in government-backed loans as lenders reported that a Small Business Administration system used to process the applications was crashing. Read more.

Coronavirus Wage-and-Hour Work Time Implications: New DOL Guidance Regarding the Do's and Don'ts of Compensating Employees

Faced with navigating a broad range of employment-related issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are left wondering how to handle their most valuable resource – their human capital. New guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor clarifies compensation requirements, including overtime, for exempt and non-exempt employees affected by coronavirus-related business closures. Read more.

Postponed - PAHU Expo Announcement

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus; we as a board have decided it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone our PAHU Expo scheduled for May 11th and 12th of this year. We will be working closely with our speakers and venue to choose a date for May 2021. Read more.

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