Your team at the Crane Agency continues to monitor the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and we are doing everything we can to assist you during these difficult times. 

Late yesterday we received the attached COVID-19 External FAQ from Anthem which we wanted to share. While not all of you have Anthem we feel it is still worth sharing as similar guidance will be coming from the other major medical carriers. We will certainly pass them along upon receipt.

Anthem will host an informational session at 1:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. (PT) on Monday, March 23. During our time, they will cover clinical and regulatory developments, business continuity updates, and Anthem's commitment to expanding access to virtual care. Anthem will have their leaders answer some of our most common questions.  Please join the call at 12:50 p.m. (ET) / 9:50 a.m. (PT) by dialing 1-833-309-0130. If you aren't able to join, we will have a recording to share with you following the session.

We have also attached the latest updates related to Paid Employee Leave, the Importance of Telemedicine, Updates from the IRS regarding Tax Day & a Mental Health Toolkit (recognizing the importance of keeping mental wellness in mind during these difficult times). 

If you have any questions, please let us know.  We are here for you and will keep you posted on major developments.  

Your Crane Team

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Anthem COVID19 External FAQ 3.20.20


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New Coronavirus Relief Laws Require Paid Employee Leave

As part of sweeping legislation enacted in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress has enacted two laws requiring employers to provide paid leave for coronavirus-related reasons. This Compliance Bulletin discusses those laws.

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HIPAA Privacy Rule and the Coronavirus Outbreak

HHS issued a bulletin to summarize how protected health information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule during an outbreak of infectious disease, such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This Compliance Bulletin includes HHS' guidance.

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Tax Day Moved to July 15

The Treasury Department and the IRS issued new guidance related to federal tax filing and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This News Brief explains further.

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Telemedicine and the Coronavirus

This Know Your Benefits article explains how telemedicine can be used during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Wellness Toolkit - Mental Health

This toolkit serves as an introduction to mental health and provides several ways that employers can help promote a stigma-free environment and support employees’ mental health. It is not intended as legal or medical advice and should only be used for informational purposes.

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