The Crane Agency is closely monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and doing everything we can to assist you as our clients to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families.  We are receiving a lot of questions regarding how employer-sponsored healthcare is impacted by what has now been categorized as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. 

Please find attached several pieces we have prepared in response to questions received as well as resources from the CDC.  Your health and that of your employees are of the utmost importance to us.  

As for your specific carrier, here are available resources and answers to FAQs:
Aetna https://www.aetna.com/individuals-families/member-rights-resources/need-to-know-coronavirus.html
Anthem https://www.anthem.com/blog/member-news/how-to-protect/
BCBS of IL
https://www.bcbsil.com/company-info/alerts-announcements/alerts-announcements?lid=k78zo5hx
Cigna https://www.cigna.com/individuals-families/health-wellness/topic-disaster-resource-center/coronavirus-public-resources
United Healthcarehttps://www.uhc.com/health-and-wellness/health-topics/covid-19

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

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IRS Allows HDHPs To Cover Coronavirus Costs

On March 11, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-15 in response to the public health emergency posed by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). To encourage individuals to get tested for COVID-19, this notice allows HDHPs to pay for COVID-19 testing and treatment without imposing a deductible or other cost sharing.

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COVID-19 Officially a Pandemic, WHO Declares

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8 Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions - Poster

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