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. 

First and foremost, we hope this finds you and your families all doing well, remaining healthy and adjusting to your new work environments for those who are now working remotely. Please find attached some of the latest updates we have prepared in response to this fluid situation. 

As we await word from Washington regarding the latest proposal for a COVID-19 Relief Bill, we will share some resources we have available now.
 

Crane Coronavirus Preparedness Resources - https://www.craneagency.com/coronavirus-preparedness-resources/
 
 
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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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Some States Require Insurance Protections Because of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation continues, state insurance regulators are taking steps to protect insurance policyholders from the impact of the pandemic. States have begun requiring insurance carriers to provide certain protections with respect to premiums and coverage, to help business and individuals maintain their access to insurance. This Legal Update describes some of the types of state insurance protections that may be adopted.

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IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave

Employers with fewer than 500 employees may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 20, 2020. This document provides the guidance. 

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Student Loan Repayment Deferrals Allowed Due to Coronavirus

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department of Education announced relief for student loan borrowers. This News Brief explains further.

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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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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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