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. 

Earlier today (3/18), the U.S. Senate voted to approve a Coronavirus relief bill that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the weekend. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.  This bill requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures. Specifically, the bill:

• Requires two weeks of paid sick leave for affected government workers and employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees; and
•Provides FMLA rights for some employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees.

The bill also provides funding for economic assistance, requires health plans to cover COVID-19 testing at no charge, and includes a refundable tax credit for employers that provide paid leave benefits due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The bill will take effect no later than 15 days after it is signed by the president.

You will also find the latest updates and resources from Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, Humana & AllSavers attached. Additional resources are available on their respective websites and through their mobile apps.  Now more than ever it is important to remind members of their ability to take advantage of telehealth solutions. 

Our partners at Guardian will be hosting a
Complimentary Compliance Webinar which will include Coronavirus updates tomorrow (Thursday, March 19, 2020) at 10:30 am CST. 

The revised agenda will include:
- Emergency Federal bill to offer leave and paid sick benefits due to COVID-19
- Top Ten Coronavirus questions from employers
- State agency changes regarding paid benefits and leaves
If you are interested, please register here.

United Healthcare will be hosting 3 employer webinars this week:
Thursday, March 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. CST - Event Link
Thursday, March 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. CST - Event Link

Friday, March 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. CST - Event Link

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

Sincerely,
Your Crane Team

Crane Agency
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Congress Passes Coronavirus Law Requiring Paid Employee Leave

On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed a coronavirus aid law previously passed by the House of Representatives. Among the measures included in the law are provisions requiring employers to provide paid leave for reasons related to the illness. This Legal Update summarizes those provisions.

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Easing Employee Stress Surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic

This HR Insights provides tips for how employers can ease employee stress surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Cigna's Here When You Need Us

 

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Latest COVID-19 - Anthem

 

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COVID- 19 Humana Member FAQ

 

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All Savers Healthiest You.Dependents

 

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Coronavirus_COVID-19 Update - Aetna

 

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