State Resources:
New York Department of Health
NY State Department of Financial Services

State of New York
NAHU
Emergency Sick Pay Leave Infographic
NY State - Obtaining An Order for Quarantine
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Aetna: What You Need to Know About COVID-19

Aetna has created an all-in-one resource site for members. Find links to COVID-19 testing sites, ways to protect yourself and more.
Visit the site.

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Aetna/CVS COVID-19 Resource Center

Coronavirus is here and we are ready to help 
Visit the site.
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UnitedHealthcare COVID-19 Support and Resources
UnitedHealthcare is expanding your access to care, support and resources to help you navigate through this unprecedented time.
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Cigna: Resource Center
Cigna is committed to improving your health, well being, and peace of mind. Use the resource center to find the latest COVID-19 resources from Cigna
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EmblemHealth: Resource Center
At EmblemHealth, your safety and health is our top priority. News about the COVID-19 outbreak is concerning. Learn what EmblemHealth is doing to help.
Visit the site.

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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield: What You Need to Know about coronavirus and COVID-19.
There is a lot of news lately about coronarvirus and COVID-19. Empire BCBS has everything you need to protect yourself and the people you care about.

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Lincoln Fianancial: COVID-19 Guidance Hub Lincoln Financial is here to help you remain confident and prepared during this evolving situation. Use this resource to view the latest information from the CDC and other regulatory experts. 
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Principal: Insurance Coverage and COVID-19 Principal knows there are many questions about COVID-19. What Principal doesn't want if for you to have questions about how it applies to your insurance. Learn more.
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Mutual of Omaha: Supporting Our Brokers and Clients Through Uncertain Times As part of our effort to help navigate through these uncertain times, follow the real-time updates on COVID-19 from Mutual of Omaha. 
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SunLife: COVID-19 Response Check in on the SunLife response page to get the latest details on SunLife's preparation for COVID-19.
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The Hartford: Coronavirus Resource Center We're all in this together. As businesses, communities and families we will face down the global Coronavirus pandemic as one. Here's what we're doing so far. Learn more.
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Insperity: Response to COVID-19
Insperity has supported small to medium sized businesses for more than 30 years. We understand we're in uncharted territory and are committed to supporting our clients through this time of uncertainty. View the site.
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Equitable: COVID-19 FAQ
We recognize the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented impact on all of our personal and professional lives. We wanted to reassure you that Equitable is ready and able to serve our brokers, our clients, and their employees — safely and effectively — with no disruption to business. Visit the site.
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The Standard: Business Resiliency at The Standard in Response to COVID-19
As the scope and complexity of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak grows, The Standard is confident in our response and in our continued ability to meet and exceed customer expectations.
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TriNet: Business Resiliency and Preparedness Center The welfare of our colleagues and customers is vitally important to us, and their health and safety are paramount. The Company will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. View the site.
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EmblemHealth Broker Resources
EmblemHealth has released a COVID-19 resource page for everything brokers need during this recent pandemic. View the site.


Aetna
May 19, 2020
Ready to Help Aetna is willing to accept premium payments in advance of premium due dates. Learn more.
April 20, 2020
Temporary Grace Period Extension for NY Small Groups Aetna is offering a temporary extension for small group health insurance premiums through June 1, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
April 9, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program Under the CARES Act As a courtesy, Aetna is providing an overview of the Paycheck Protection Program, along with data on the total medical premiums/funds they have paid to Aetna in 2019 and 2020. Read more.
April 3, 2020
Updated FAQ and Additional Resources Aetna has updated their FAQ for Small Group ACA, AFA and 51-100. They also want to remind members of a few additional resources below. Read the FAQ.
April 2, 2020
Special Enrollment Period for Select Aetna Customers 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. Learn more.
March 30, 2020
FAQ Health Plan options for Business Owners During COVID-19 Aetna has release an FAQ flyer of their current responses for Small Group and AFA clients.
Learn more.
March 26, 2020
Aetna: CVS Health Announces Cost-Sharing and Co-Pay Waivers We are pleased to announce that Aetna is waiving cost-sharing and co-pays for inpatient hospital admissions related to COVID-19 for Aetna’s commercially insured members. Read more.
March 24, 2020
Aetna: COVID-19 FAQ Available
We understand the many challenges you and your clients are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We've received many questions regarding the health plan options that are available. Read More.

View the FAQ.
March 20, 2020
Aetna: COVID-19 Small Group Resources for AFA and Fully Insured In response to the every evolving COVID-19 outbreak, read how Aetna and CVS are removing barriers to care.
Read more.

AlphaStaff
April 1, 2020
COVID-19 Webinar Recap Alphastaff has released the recap of a recently held Coronavirus Q & A webinar session. 


AmeriHealth New Jersey

April 27, 2020
Market Edge AmeriHealthNJ has released a Market Edge including answers to additional questions about COVID-19, including updated FAQs and additional resources on the business hub. Read more.
April 22, 2020
Deferred Premium Program Letters AmeriHealth NJ will be notifying group customers of the Deferred Premium Program allowing them to defer their payments without interest or penalty. Read more.
April 15, 2020
Market Edge AmeriHealth NJ has released another Market Edge communication including answers to COVID-19 questions, legislative update summary, and a new business hub website for COVID-19. Learn more.
April 13, 2020
Market Edge AmeriHealth NJ has released information about their deferred payment program, grace period flexibility and more in this edition of Market Edge. Read more.
April 6, 2020
Market Edge AmeriHealth NJ has released the April edition of Market Edge. It includes some important COVID-19 related updates about premium payments, telemedicine, and business certifications for renewal groups. Learn more.
March 23, 2020
AmeriHealth New Jersey: Broker Alert Employee Eligibility Exception for Furloughed or Temporarily Laid Off Employees Read about the exceptions for furloughed or temporarily laid off employees as a result of COVID-19. Learn more.
March 21, 2020
AmeriHealth New Jersey: Broker Alert Update AmeriHealthNJ has launched a COVID-19 Resource page and offers additional information on telemedicine. Read More.
March 20, 2020
AmeriHealth New Jersey: Broker Alert Update
We understand that your clients have questions regarding their health care options and safety as COVID 19 continues to impact our communities.
Read more.
March 19, 2020
AmeriHealth New Jersey: Broker Alert
Please see our latest FAQ document,
which addresses recent questions we have received from clients, brokers, and consultants.
Learn more.
March 9, 2020
AmeriHealth New Jersey: Broker Alert
AmeriHealth New Jersey responds to COVID 19 (Coronavirus). Learn more.

Ameritas

April 2, 2020
Rate Pass For All Groups with Less Than 500 Enrolled Ameritas is extending a rate pass for all groups renewing in May, June, July with less than 500 enrolled. Learn more.
March 24, 2020
Ameritas: FAQ for Producers and Group Policy Holders and Members Ameritas is working around the clock to answer commonly asked questions for customers and business partners. View the FAQ.


Avesis
April 3, 2020
Updated Renewal Rates We have discussed rate renewals during the current business disruption period with many customers, and we are pleased to announce our plan renewal approach in the immediate term. Learn more.


    Cigna
    May 1, 2020
    Cigna Special Coverage for COVID-19 Cigna has created a easy reference guide to all the plan changes they have made since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the handy client level snapshot here.
    April 14, 2020
    Virtual Dental Care Now Available Cigna has launched virtual dental care to help make care easier and more affordable during COVID-19. Read more.
    April 2, 2020
    New Employer Resource Center Cigna has launched a new employer resource center for COVID-19 related items. Check it out.
    March 31, 2020
    Updated FAQ Cigna has released an updated FAQ document to include pharmacy information as well as their updated coverage position. Get the FAQ.
    March 31, 2020
    Cigna Big Picture Check out all the additional resources Cigna is offering to support you and your clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
    March 30, 2020
    Cigna Waiving Customer Cost Sharing and Co-Payments for COVID-19 Treatment Cigna is taking another step forward to deliver access to simple, affrodable, and predictable health care. Read More.
    March 26, 2020
    Cigna: Group Insurance Updated FAQs and More We know many of our clients are looking to us to help address leave-of-absence policies, evolving federal and state legislation, and disability coverage for their employees. Read more.
    March 25, 2020
    Cigna: Cigna Relaxing Eligibility Guidelines and Making Hospital Transfers Easier. The unpredictability of the current situation is complex and we understand how stressful that can be. As some employers are faced with limiting hours, furloughing employees and the like, we want to remain flexible and accommodating. Read More.
    March 23, 2020
    Cigna: Our Committment to Support
    Learn how Cigna is leading the way by making adjustments to claims and leave processes.
    Read the communication.
    March 18, 2020
    Cigna: Ready When You Need Us
    Cigna has put in place the systems and processes to ensure our customers receive the help they need, when they need it.
    Read more.
    March 10, 2020
    Cigna: Instructions for ASO Plans Read this important Cigna communciation on how ASO plans can decline COVID-19 medical test coverage.
    Learn more.
    March 6, 2020
    Cigna: Costs of Covid-19 Testing Covered Learn what COVID-19 testing is covered as a preventative benefits from Cigna.
    Read the release.

    Delta Dental
    April 22, 2020
    Renewal Rate Freeze Delta Dental of New Jersey will not be increasing rates for fully insured clients with fewer than 500 employees with anniversary renewals between May and December. Read more.
    April 8, 2020
    COVID-19 Resources Delta Dental would like to provide a quick update on what they're doing to help you and your clients navigate the current health crisis. Learn more.
    March 25, 2020
    Delta Dental: COVID-19 Response 
    Check out the latest from Dental Dental on how they are activating their business continuity plans and helping members cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
    March 25, 2020
    Delta Dental: Ways We Are Keeping Clients Covered
    Many of our clients are already feeling the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working to help them keep their employees covered. Here are some ways we can help. Learn more.

    The Difference Card
    April 3, 2020
    Now Offering $2,500 Premium Credit The Difference Card is now offering a premium credit for any new groups that sign in the month of April.
    Learn more.
    April 1, 2020
    New FSA Eligible Items Available Under CARES Act The recently passd CARES Act contains two changes to eligible expenses for FSA, HSA and all IRS eligible HRAs. Learn more.

    EmblemHealth

    May 5, 2020
    Teladoc Added to All Large Groups EmblemHealth is hoping to make health care easier for all members during the recent pandemic by making Teladoc accessible to large group members. Learn more.
    April 28, 2020
    Antibody Testing and Member Cost Share Update EmblemHealth would like to share that they will be covering COVID-19 antibody testing and member cost shares will be waived. Read more.
    April 27, 2020
    Legislative Update EmblemHealth would like to share information on the recently passed "Coronavirus 3.5" bill as well as additional federal and state news. Read more.
    April 20, 2020
    Affordable Solutions for Challenging Times EmblemHealth would like to provide information on the extension of premium payments due to the new NY legislation. Read more.
    April 15, 2020
    New! Health Matters - COVID-19 What You Need to Know EmblemHealth has released the first volume of Health Matters with everything you need to know about COVID-19. It provides information on symptoms and resources that EmblemHealth offers for support. Read more.
    April 13, 2020
    Legislative Update Learn about the most recent Federal and State news in regard to COVID-19, including a recently released FAQ from the state of New York. Read more.
    April 7, 2020
    EmblemHealth: Legislative Update Learn about the most recent Federal and State news in regards to COVID-19. Learn more.
    April 6, 2020
    Essential Plan Offering EmblemHeallth would like to make you aware of a great plan option for your clients in need during this COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how the Essential Plans can help those who have lost their jobs or health insurance due to COVID-19. Learn more.
    March 31, 2020
    Relief Programs Available for Small Business EmblemHealth wants to notify you of assistance that is avaialble through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn more.
    March 27. 2020
    EmblemHealth: Answers to Your Questions Check out the newly released FAQ from EmblemHealth for all your COVID-19 related concerns. View now.
    March 27, 2020
    EmblemHealth: An Important Update from EmblemHealth We hope you and your families are doing well during this difficult time. We understand that you may have many new questions and we are working with our partners to answer them accurately. Read More.
    March 23, 2020
    EmblemHealth: Legislative Update Learn about the most recent Federal and State news in regards to COVID-19.
    Learn more.
    March 20, 2020
    EmblemHealth: ACPNY Facilities Update Learn how to get access to care from ACPNY facilities in office, by phone, and by virtual visits. Get the details.
    March 19, 2020
    EmblemHealth: April Submission Deadline Extended The April submission deadline has been extended to April 8, 2020. Learn more.
    March 19, 2020
    EmblemHealth: Immediate Change to Check Processing Procedure EmblemHealth suspendes paper check processing until further notice. Learn more.
    March 18, 2020
    EmblemHealth: A Message from the CEO Take a moment and hear from EmblemHealth's CEO for updates on what is being done to keep you and your clients safe.
    Watch now.
    March 9, 2020
    EmblemHealth: Business Continuity Plan in Preparation for COVID-19 EmblemHealth has taken steps to ensure that their business operations will continue and members and employers can have peace of mind. Read More.

    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    April 29, 2020
    Monthly Agent Newsletter Empire would like to provide an Empire communications update and timeline which includes all the communications provided to brokers since the beginning of the pandemic. Read more.
    April 20, 2020
    Notice of Payment Extension Empire would like to notify you that because of recent NY legislation, grace periods have been extended to June 1, 2020. Read more.
    April 10, 2020
    New COVID-19 Producer Toolkit Empire BCBS has created a new COVID-19 Producer Response Toolkit to help brokers address and navigate the challenges that many clients are facing as a result of COVID-19. Check it out.
    April 9, 2020
    You're Invited! COVID-19 Webinar Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield invites you to an webinar to hear from the leaders of Anthem with the latest updates related to commercial and specialty business. Register here.
    April 2, 2020
    Empire's Members Receive COVID-19 Treatment at No Cost Empire is focused on addressing critical issues that need attention now, including affordability and access. Learn more.
    March 30, 2020
    Empire is Waiving Utilization Management Requirements The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued a circular letter dated March 20, 2020, asking all insurers to suspend certain utilization management review and notification requirements to free up staff for clinical support. Read more.
    March 25, 2020
    Empire BCBS: Coronavirus COVID-19 FAQ Empire BCBS just released their COVID-19 FAQ. This document tells you what it is, how to prevent it, and what Empire benefits cover.
    Learn more.
    March 23, 2020
    Empire BCBS: Benefit Impact to Laid Off Employees Find out how Empire BCBS is covering employees who are laid off as a result of COVID-19 in this FAQ. Get the details.

    Equitable
    April 7, 2020
    Important Updates and Resources Equitable would like to provide information on rate stability for clients, continuation of coverage and assistance with absence management. Learn more.
    March 31, 2020
    Equitable: A Update from Thomas Flavin Equitable would like to update benefits producers with COVID-19 dedicated resources and additional answers to the most frequently asked questions.
    Read more.
    March 25, 2020
    Equitable: A Message from Thomas Flavin We want to reassure you that Equitable is here to help guide you through this evolving situation, without any interruption to business.
    Read more.

    Guardian
    April 20, 2020
    COIVD-19 Expanded EAP Benefits Guardian is expanding their Worklife Matters Employee Assistance Program to all small business customers until June 31, 2020. Learn more.
    April 15, 2020
    COVID-19 Now Covered Under Accident Guardian would like to announce that the federal government has deemed COVID-19 testing as preventative care for ACA purposes. Learn more.
    April 14, 2020
    Webinars: Keeping Your Small Business Afloat During COVID-19, Guardian would like to invite you to attend one of the many COVID-19 related webinars they are hosting in the coming weeks. Topics include small business needs, updated benefits, and dental benefits. Register now.
    April 13, 2020
    Weekly Recap Guardian has released a weekly recap of their COVID-19 related information from last week. Check it out.
    April 9, 2020
    Furlough Condition Update Guardian would like to provide further infromation on their furlough positioning and resuming health coverage. Learn more.
    April 6, 2020
    Updated FAQ, Service Enhancements and Legislative Updates Guardian would like to summarize some additional updates with you from the past week. Learn more.
    April 3, 2020
    Updated COVID-19 Scenarios Guardian would like to share the updated COVID-19 Scenarios document compiled by the Department of Labor. See the update.
    March 31, 2020
    Updated FAQ Guardian just released an updated FAQ document with updated positions on furloughed employees, extended grace periods and other updates. Learn more.
    March 31, 2020
    Updated Information on Paid Sick Leave for NY and NJ Guardian is providing some updated insight into New York and New Jersey Paid Sick Leave. Check out the resources below.
    March 27, 2020
    Guardian: Standard Rehire Provision Guardian would like to remind brokers and members of their standard rehire provision. Read more.
    March 27, 2020
    Guardian: Expanded Coverage for Employees With Reduced Work Hours Guardian is now updating their response to Short Term Disability and additional coverage lines. Learn more.
    March 26, 2020
    Guardian: 10 Things Employers Need to Know About Leave Law- Webinar Recap Don't worry if you missed this important webinar you can still get all the details below!
    March 26, 2020
    Guardian: Submit Your PFL Claim through Guardian Use the below resource to help your clients submit Paid Family Leave claims through Guardian
    Read more.
    March 26, 2020
    Guardian: Updated FAQ Be sure to check out the updated responses to some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to COVID-19. Get the FAQs
    March 2020
    Guardian: Coronavirus Resources Get the latest coronavirus updates straight from Guardian and learn how they are continuing to protect their customers, families, and colleagues.
    Learn more.

    Healthfirst
    April 20, 2020
    Updated COVID-19 FAQs for Commercial Brokers Healthfirst has updated their commercial FAQs rsource to include information on group eligibility and business deadlines. View the FAQ.
    April 20, 2020
    Grace Period Extension Due to recent NY legislation, Healthfirst will be extending their grace period until June 1, 2020. Learn more.
    April 7, 2020
    FAQ Resource Released To help address specific questions your clients may have about COVID-19 and how it relates to Healthfirst EPO plans, Healthfirst has created a FAQ resource. View the FAQ.
    April 3, 2020
    Special Enrollment Period for Healthfirst To assist members in accessing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthfirst is providing members with a Special Open Enrollment. Read more.
    March 27, 2020
    Healthfirst: COVID-19 Update Healthfirst would like to provided updates related to audits, SEP, new business deadlines and grace periods. Learn more.

    HealthPass New York
    April 27, 2020
    COVID-19 Small Business Resources HealthPass would like to share their Small Business Resources document with you to ensure you are aware of resources that may be helpful to you. Read more.
    April 21, 2020
    Premium Payment Extension The state of New York has released guidance related to the extension of premium payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HealthPass will be sending out further guidance to group contacts. Learn more.
    April 20, 2020
    COVID-19 FAQs HealthPass NY has released an updated version of their FAQs including information on employee enrollment, employer payments, tax documents and financials, renewals and more. Get the FAQ.
    April 13, 2020
    Special Enrollment Period Extended EmblemHealth has extended their Special Open Enrollment Period with Healthpass NY for a few additional days. Learn more.
    April 3, 2020
    Special Enrollment Period for Healthfirst To assist members in accessing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthfirst is providing members with a Special Open Enrollment. Read more.
    April 1, 2020
    EmblemHealth is Offering a Special Open Enrollment Period with HealthPass NY. To assist members in accessing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, EmblemHealth is providing members with a Special Open Enrollment effective immediately through April 7, 2020. Learn more.
    March 26, 2020
    HealthPass NY: Special Open Enrollment Period If you need help assisting clients with the special enrollment period. HealthPass can guide your way.
    Start here.
    March 18, 2020
    HealthPass NY: Online Renewals During COVID-19 Healthpass NY will be communicating with employers who have renewals in April, May, and June on how to renew online.
    Read the release.

    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey
    May 15, 2020
    COVID-19 Resource Guide Update Horizon BCBSNJ is trying to help alleviate some of the stress on customers and the health care community by expanding coverage and adjusting business practices. Learn more in the updated resource guide.
    May 12, 2020
    Premium Reduction for Fully Insured Dental Customers Horizon BCBSNJ is reducing premiums by 25% for policies covering 500,000 fully insured commercial dental members. Read more.
    April 23, 2020
    Broker and Group Mailing from Christopher Lepre Horizon has released the below letters for use. Brokers should share the Group letter with their clients.
    April 22, 2020
    Dental Benefits Clarification Horizon would like to provide further clarification on how they are helping members with dental benefits get care during COVID-19. Read more.
    April 22, 2020
    COVID-19 Update from Christopher Lepre, EVP, Commercial Business Unit Horizon would like to provide an update on how they are supporting healthcare heroes, helping vulnerable neighbors, and more during COVID-19. Read more.
    April 21, 2020
    COVID-19 Resource Guide Updated Horizon BCBSNJ has released an updated resource guide to include information on Grace Period Deferral, Teledentistry, Pharmacy Benefits, HRA Benefits, Prior Authorizations and Out-of-Pocket Costs. View the guide.
    April 16, 2020
    COVID-19 Update Horizon BCBSNJ doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and health clinicians answer Governor Murphy's Call to Serve. Read more.
    April 14, 2020
    USAble Life Maintains Current Rates of Renewals for June, July, and August 2020 USAble is maintaining group rates with under 500 lives. Learn more.
    April 13, 2020
    NJ Pandemic Relief Fund Horizon to donate an additional $2 million to aid in the response to COVID-19. Learn more.
    April 3, 2020
    COVID-19 Update: No Costs for COVID-19 Treatment Received In Network Horizon BCBSNJ is extending the previously announced waiver of all member costs sharing obligations to include all covered benefits associated with COVID-19 treatment at in network facilities. Learn more.
    April 3, 2020
    SBA Loan-Bank Requirements Horizon has received many inquiries about the payroll requirements that fall within in the stimulus and SBA loans for employer groups. Read more.
    April 2, 2020
    Credit Card Payment Update Horizon BCBSNJ wanted to share that in order for a credit card payment to be processed they must speak with a Call Service Agent. Learn more.
    March 31, 2020
    Additional Payment Flexibilty Horizon BCBSNJ is now allowing credit cards to be used for premium payments for Small Groups. Read more.
    March 31, 2020
    COVID-19 Update Horizon BCBSNJ will now be waiving administrative requirements for inpatient care at acute facilities. Learn more.
    March 31, 2020
    Horizon Brief Notes: COVID-19 Resource Guide Now Available The COVID-19 resource guide is now available to help you understand the changes Horizon is making. Get the details.
    March 26, 2020
    Horizon BCBSNJ: Small Group Certifications
    Due to the declared public health emergency by the Governor and until it is lifted, Horizon BCBSNJ understands that our small employer community is working through many concerns. Learn more.
    March 26, 2020
    Horizon BCBSNJ: New Telemedicine Update Horizon BCBSNJ relaxes telemedicine policies until June 30, 2020 to include Skype, Facetime or telephone. Get the details.
    March 26, 2020
    Horizon BCBSNJ: Helping Impacted Employees Maintain Health Coverage To help protect its members and their families from losing their health care coverage, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) today announced that for the next 60 days it is waiving the “actively at work” requirement for group policies. Learn more.
    March 25, 2020
    HorizonBCBSNJ: Newly Released FAQ
    Horizon recently released a new FAQ for brokers with their most asked questions in regards to COVID-19. View the FAQs.
    March 24, 2020
    HorizonBCBSNJ: Electronic Signature Accepted for a Limited Time Horizon BCBSNJ will be accepting computer generated signatures for a limited time due to COVID-19. Read More.
    March 23, 2020
    Horizon BCBSNJ: Members Can Now Use Horizon Vision Benefits Online Learn more about the additional in-network options for vision care.
    Read more.
    March 16, 2020
    Horizon BCBSNJ: USAble’s Response
    This communication to inform you of our readiness during this uncertain time and to provide guidance on our Short-Term Disability (STD) and Supplemental Policies relative to COVID-19.
    Learn More.
    March 11, 2020
    Horizon BCBSNJ: Group Update
    Group Update concerning the steps Horizon BCBSNJ is taking regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) for our fully insured members and members enrolled in State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employees' Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) health plans.
    Download the guide.
    March 6, 2020
    Horizon BCBSNJ: Horizon Announces Initial Steps to Support Members Through COVID-19 Outbreak
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) members will have access to a wide array of supports from the state’s leading health insurer as New Jersey prepares to deal with the impact of the growing COVID-19 outbreak.
    Read more.

    Insperity
    April 29, 2020
    Returning to the Workplace Webinar Recap Insperity recently hosted a webinar in their business resilience series about best practices for bringing employees back into the workspace. Listen now.
    April 17, 2020
    New Funding Opportunity for Firms with 3-20 Employees The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be opening its Save Small Business Fund to applicants on Monday, April 20. Find out if you meet the qualifications here.
    April 10, 2020
    Rescue,Recover, Rebuild Webinar Insperity would like to invite you to a webinar on April 14, 2020 to discuss Insperity's response to the pandemic and how to move forward to business resiliency. Register here.
    April 2, 2020
    CARES Act Webinar Recap Recently Insperity hosted a webinar to answer questions about the recent CARES Act legislation. A replay of this webinar is now available. Get the details.
    March 26, 2020
    Insperity: Formation of Business Continuity Support Team Announced Insperity announced in a press release their new Business Continuity Support Team designed to help small and medium sized businesses.
    Read the press release.

    Lincoln Financial Group

    May 1, 2020
    Important Updates Lincoln Financial would like to share a COVID-19 Regulatory Activity by State resource that shows the full picture of what is happening in regards to COVID-19 as well as teledentistry updates and clarification about minors under recent NY legislation. Read more.
    April 22, 2020
    Renewals Under 100 Lives Lincoln Financial will be offering a rate pass on all lines of coverage for one year. Read more.
    March 23, 2020
    Lincoln Financial Group: Our Response to Shifting Legislation and Revised Claim Protocols We believe in times like these, it's important to be flexible and adapt our positions to be there. Learn more about the actions we are taking to help.
    Learn more.

    MetLife
    April 24, 2020
    Important Update on MetLife Dental PPO Premiums MetLife will be offering a 25% credit to customers with fully insured dental PPO plans for April and May. Read more.
    April 23, 2020
    Webinar and Additional Resources MetLife would like to invite you to an upcoming COVID-19 webinar as well as provide an update to their auto and home policy credit, disaster relief plans and PlanSmart virtual opportunities. Learn more.
    April 21, 2020
    NYDFS Notices Due to the recent legislation passed in New York, MetLife would like to share with you the steps you need to take as well as the steps they are taking to comply. Learn more.
    April 3, 2020
    Renewal Announcement MetLife will be holding rates (no rate increase) for all renewals June-September. Read more.
    March 27, 2020
    MetLife: Additional Families First Coronavirus Act, NY Sick Leave and DBL/PFL Enhancement Law Webinar Added You're invited to join MetLaw for a discussion on how these new laws will be impacting your clients on March 27, 2020.
    Register now.
    March 27, 2020
    MetLife: Revised Furlough In response to the unique COVID-19 pandemic, MetLife has issued a revised statement on Furloughed and Laid Off Employees. Learn more.
    March 26, 2020
    MetLife: Families First Coronavirus Act, NY Sick Leave and DBL/PFL Enhancement Law Webinar You're invited to join MetLaw for a discussion on how these new laws will be impacting your clients on March 27, 2020.
    Register now.
    March 25, 2020
    MetLife: Furlough and COBRA Clarification MetLife has provided a clarification on furloughed employees and COBRA
    Learn more.
    March 23, 2020
    MetLife: Grace Period Update MetLife has updated their grace period policy for all premiums due March 3 and forward.
    Learn more.
    March 23, 2020
    MetLife: Newly Enacted Legislation for NY MetLife has provided some guidance on the new leave legislation exacted in New York.
    View the Letter.
    March 20, 2020
    MetLife: Continuation of Coverage Update
    MetLife covers three sceanarios of continuation of coverage during COVID-19.
    Read more.
    March 16, 2020
    MetLife: COVID-19 Preparedness FAQ MetLife takes the health and well-being of customers and employees seriously. MetLife is here for you and your workforce during this time.
    Read the FAQ.
    March 16, 2020
    MetLife: Legislative Update MetLife has provided some initial guidance for groups below 500 lives and above 500 lives in regards to the current legislative actions
    Learn more.

    MagnaCare
    March 25, 2020
    MagnaCare: A Message from the President
     During this historic public health crisis, we remain dedicated to helping you stay informed as you navigate this time of uncertainty. 
    Learn more.

    Mutual of Omaha
    March 10, 2020
    Mutual of Omaha
     Continuing to Monitor COVID-19 Mutual of Omaha would like to share a few updates concerning their business continuity plan, group disability claims, FMLA Claims, and EAP offerings. 
    Learn more.



    MVP Health
    April 27, 2020
    Important Updates Regarding COVID-19 MVP Health would like to share their new informational webpage as well as updated information on over-the-counter items and spending accounts. Learn more.
    April 16, 2020
    NY State Department of Financial Services Issues Emergency Regulation MVP Health will notify contract holders and policy holders to explain their payment options in response to this new regulation. Read more.
    April 10, 2020
    A Reference for MVP Employers MVP Health Care has released an updated COVID-19 reference for employers includind information about the virus and it's symptoms, as well as MVP Health Care's response to the pandemic. Read more.
    April 7, 2020
    Special Enrollment Period Extended The New York State of Health™ The Official Plan Marketplace and the New York State Department of Financial Services extended the Special Enrollment Period through May 15. Learn more.
    April 2, 2020
    Employer Group Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic MVP Health would like to share the below resources with you in regard to the COVID-19 Pandemic. It includes information on premium payments, loan availablity, termination scenarios, special enrollment periods and more.
    March 30, 2020
    Important Information for MVP Employer Groups. MVP Health has released information in regards to COVID-19 testing and billing reminders.
    Learn more.
    March 30, 2020
    Employer Group Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    MVP Health would like to update you on their premium payment policies, active at work provision/employee termination services and more. Read more.
    March 25, 2020
    Updates for MVP Brokers MVP Health has provided an update on diagnostsic testing and tele-services for members. Learn more.

    Oscar
    March 30, 2020
    New QLE for NY Oscar shares some insight on New York's new QLE. Read more.

    Principal
    May 11, 2020
    SMB Tools and Resources Principal would like to make you aware of available resources that can help small and medium sized business customers manage cash flow, assist terminated employees, assist furloughed employees, adapt to reduced hours or adapting to new working conditions. Read more.
    May 7, 2020
    Giving Back to Employers Principal is providing help to employers and providers who have been impacted by dental closures and a lack in the ability to use their dental benefits. Read more.
    May 1, 2020
    News and Resources Principal would like to provide you with the latest news and resources including information on SMB customer support, business market resources, group benefits, and individual disability and life insurance. Read more.
    April 23, 2020
    Update on CARES Act Tools, Individual Disability and Life Insurances, and Group Benefits Principal would like to share some updated information that will help you do business with them. Learn more.
    April 20, 2020
    Principal News and Resources Principal would like to release information and tools related to the CARES Act, individual disability insurance, individual life insurance, group benefits, and nonqualified deferred comp plans. Learn more.
    March 30, 2020
    Principal: Rate Holds for COVID-19 One way Principal is helping those cope with COVID-19 is by instilling a rate hold for upcoming renewals. Learn more.
    March 27, 2020
    Principal: COVID-19 Update This short update provides insight on continuation, billing/premiums, renewals, new business, and claims. Learn more.
    March 24, 2020
    Principal: No Signature Policy Principal is initiating a no signature policy for select forms. Learn more.
    March 19, 2020
    Principal: COVID-19 and Our Insurance Solutions As we monitor the COVID-19 impact, we're adjusting to continues serving customers while protecting the health of our employees. Read the communication.
    March 12, 2020
    Principal: COVID-19 Resources We're prepared for the effects of COVID-19. Read a message from Principal's CEO and learn more from our group benefits Q & A.
    Read the release.

    Reliance
    April 13, 2020
    COVID-19 Response Resource Reliance Standard has release a FAQ document to keep you informed and up-to-date with the latest information and resources for support during this time. Get the FAQ.


    ShelterPoint
    April 17, 2020
    COVID-19 Resource Center Review ShelterPoint has added a few additional resources to their COVID-19 center including help links for Benefit Alternatives as well as fun coloring pages for kids (or adults!) Check it out.
    April 10, 2020
    New Articles and Information ShelterPoint has released new articles and information on their COVID-19 resources center concerning Paid Sick Leave. Check it out.
    March 26, 2020
    ShelterPoint: Don't Miss These Valuable Resources
    ShelterPoint has updated their easy to use resources. Get all your COVID-19 questions answered as new information is released
    Read more.
    March 25, 2020
    ShelterPoint: Do You Qualify for DBL/PFL Benefits Under NY's Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave? New York Governor Cuomo signed the “Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave” bill to help ease the Financial burden for New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More.
    March 24, 2020
    ShelterPoint: NY Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Until the new federal program becomes effective in April, the state of New York is helping to fill the void at the state level. Learn more.

    Solstice
    April 2, 2020
    COVID-19 Update - Renewals
    As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) unfolds, we understand the uncertainty many are facing. We are here for you during this challenging time and want to provide you with as much stability and assurance possible. Learn more.


    SunLife

    May 6, 2020
    Special Measures SunLife has compiled a quick summary of all the special measures they have taken during the COVID-19 pandemic to help businesses face the unique challenge of this time. Learn more.
    May 5, 2020
    Virtual Benefits Enrollment Strategies SunLife would like to invite you to a webinar on why the virtual enrollment environment is one of the most important offerings for clients. Learn more.
    March 30, 2020
    Rate Hold for Groups under 500 lives
    SunLife is opting to hold rates for a variety of plans for the upcoming renewal period. Find out more.
    March 30, 2020
    Continuation of Coverage Update
    As we continue to navigate the disruption created by COVID-19 it is important to be aware of continuation of coverage for employees impacted by reduction in hours, furlough, temporary layoff, etc. Learn more.
    March 26, 2020
    SunLife: In Case You Missed It- Webinar Recap
    The Employment Law Compliance Issues for Employers in Responding to COVID-19 webinar has been posted for you to now view. Don't miss this valuable information.
    Watch now.
    March 23, 2020
    SunLife: We Can Help Lighten Your Load
    We'd like to remind you about a number of digital tools and resources that you can use to work with SunLife electronically.
    Learn more.
    March 11, 2020
    SunLife: Short Term Disability Coverage and Coronavirus Learn how SunLife defines a disability related to the Coronavirus and review two scenarios to clarify their positioning. Learn more.


    Standard Security​
    April 3, 2020
    Reinstatement of Non-Payment Cancellations In agreement with the recently passed NY legislation, Standard Security will be reinstating any non-payment cancellations that were effective March 31, 2020. Read more.


    The Hartford

    March 20, 2020
    The Hartford: Grace Period Update
     As a courtesy to Group Benefits policyholders, we have extended all grace periods until June 1, 2020 for customers with payments due February, March, and April 2020.
    Learn more here.
    March 18, 2020
    The Hartford: How We Are Handling the Potential Impact of COVID-19 Learn how The Hartford is taking steps to ensure their operations are available to assist you as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
    Read more.


    The Standard
    March 31, 2020
    COVID-19 and Renewals Information The Standard released a FAQ document to help answer the most commonly asked questions in regards to the COVID-19 situation. It includes updates on furloughed employees and grace periods.
    Read more.
    March 25, 2020
    The Standard: Grace Period and Continued Coverage The Standard is providing an extension period for members. Read more.

    TriNet

    April 1, 2020
    CARE Act: New Financing and Tax Relief for Businesses Impact by COVID-19 The President recently signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that includes important provisions to help you keep your employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more.
    March 30, 2020
    Furlough Template
    TriNet has shared a sample Furlough letter for use. View the template.
    March 27, 2020
    CARES Act Will Help Small and Medium Sized Businesses to Access Loans for Payroll Trinet shares their insight on how the CARES Act will assist small and medium sized businesses. Read more
    March 2020
    TriNet: Learn How Small and Medium Sized Businesses Can Prepare for the Impact of COVID-19 Read the answers to some of the most asked questions on COVID-19. The coronavirus can present some unique challenges and we want to help you prepare
    View the answers here.

    United Concordia Dental
    April 30, 2020
    Replenished Loan and Debt Relief Options UDPATE United Concordia Dental has updated information on the recently replenished CARES Act and how your small business clients can benefit. Read more.
    April 10, 2020
    Small Business Relief United Concordia would like to share loan and debt relief options during COVID-19 to assist small businesses during this pandemic. Learn more.
    April 7, 2020
    Group Dental Plans and the COVID Response United Concordia Dental has released answers to the most current questions facing customers right not. Get the FAQ.
    March 30, 2020
    Teledentistry Coverage During COVID-19
    Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect it. If you have an urgent problem during COVID-19, you can seek care from the safety of home. Because teledentistry is covered by your United Concordia Dental plan.
    Read more.
    March 25, 2020
    United Concordia Dental: Read about United Concordia Dental's short term solutions for COVID-19 related issues.
    Learn more.

    UnitedHealthcare
    May 7, 2020
    Return to Work Communication UHC has communicated about the current resources they have made available to assist in the transition of returning back to the workplace. View the communication.
    May 6, 2020
    Broker Bonus for Webinar Attendance UHC is offering additional compensation to brokers who can get employees of current UHC group customers to attend webinars. Learn more.
    May 5, 2020
    Special Enrollment FAQ UHC has released an additional FAQ with updated dates for their Special COVID-19 Enrollment Period as it applies to Fully Insured customers. Get the FAQ.
    May 6, 2020
    Return to Work Resources Later this week, UHC will be communicating to UHC and Oxford clients about their Return to Work resources available on their various employer platforms. Read more.
    May 5, 2020
    Specialty Benefits Renewal Update UHC is now offering renewal adjustments for customers renewing from May 1 through September 30. Learn more.
    April 29, 2020
    Tax Documents Waived for Renewals UHC has announced that they will be waving the requirement for tax documents when renewing plans. This will not apply for new business groups. Learn more.
    April 29, 2020
    How UHC is Helping the Community and Webinar Invite UHC would like to share how they are helping local communities in the NY, NJ and CT area as well as invite you to join them for a Fully Insured and All Savers COVID-19 webinar. Read more.
    April 20, 2020
    UHC New Jersey Oxford Grace Period Extension Letters View previews of the grace period extension letters sent to policyholders below:
    April 17, 2020
    Premium Grace Period Update for Oxford Members The state of New York has issued an emergency regulation allowing policyholders to apply for an extension to pay future premiums if they can demonstrate hardship caused by COVID-19. Learn more.
    April 13, 2020
    Monthly Broker Update including COVID-19 Information UnitedHealthcare has release their monthly broker update for the month of April, including updated COVID-19 information. Don't miss the information about submitting out of network claims for Oxford 1.0 and 2.0 members. Read more.
    April 3, 2020
    Buy-Down Policy Clarification UHC would like to provide some additional guidelines on their buy-down policy. Learn more.
    April 3, 2020
    Grace Period Extended UHC has announced they will be extending the grace period an addtional 30 days. Learn more.
    April 3, 2020
    COVID-19: Updates on Cost-Sharing and Special Enrollment Period UHC has relased an updated communication on Cost-sharing and the special enrollment period. Review the important updates here.
    April 2, 2020
    Updated Guidance on the Special Open Enrollment Period UHC has released some updated guidance on the Special Enrollment Period for UHC and UHC Oxford members. Learn more.
    March 27, 2020
    UnitedHealthcare: Updated COVID-19 External FAQ UHC has updated their recently released external FAQ document. Read more.
    March 26, 2020
    UnitedHealthcare: COVID-19 Accessing Behavioral Health Treatment During this challenging time, it may be difficult to leave your home for therapy appointments due to social distancing or quarantine. Learn how UHC can help.
    March 23, 2020
    UnitedHealthcare: Virtual Visit Solution for Oxford Clients Through Amwell. UHC has now implemented a virtual visit solution for oxford fully insured members through Amwell. Learn how to access it with these step-by-step instructions. Learn more.
    March 19, 2020
    UnitedHealthcare: Grace Period Update During this difficult time, UHC will be extending the grace period to 30 calendar days for certain renewal cycles. Learn More.
    March 17, 2020
    UnitedHealthcare: TeleHealth Policy Update We are expanding telehealth services for all UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Clients, effective immediately, making it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers. Read more.
    March 2020
    UnitedHealthcare: Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV-What You Need To Know Learn about the symptoms, how it spreads, and other common concerns of the new Coronavirus.
    Learn more.
    March 2020
    UnitedHealthcare: Coping with a Public Health Event Everyone is impacted in a different way but there are several resources available to you to help you cope. Learn more.

    Unum
    April 30, 2020
    Return to Work Planning Many clients are still in the depths of staying safe during this pandemic, while others are starting to put together a return to work strategy. Unum would like to share some insights on bringing employees back to work safely. Read more.
    April 9, 2020
    Preparing for Claim Surges, Legislation and New Employer Resources Unum would like to share with you their efforts to process disability claims faster, how they are staying up to date with legislation, and some go to resources for you to use during this time. Read more.
    April 3, 2020
    Paycheck Protection Program Applications Unum wants to notify you and your clients that applications for the Paycheck Protection Program for business with fewer than 500 employees are now being accepted. Read more.
    April 1, 2020
    Unum Remains Committed to Helping Clients Navigate COVID-19 As you navigate COVID-19 response plans, Unum is committed to ensuring both you and your clients have clear, easy-to-understand information about legislation that impacts them and their employees. Learn more.
    March 27, 2020
    Unum: Ready to Help Through Challenging Times In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Unum understands that you’re working hard to protect the health and safety of your employees, colleagues, communities and clients. We’re working hard to do the same. Read more.
    March 26, 2020
    Unum: Impact of COVID-19 on NY PFL The below presenation is the Unum's effort at understanding the current PFL legislation and how it will work.
    View the presentation.

    VSP

    April 21, 2020
    Vision Care Options for Offboarding VSP would like to provide some options to clients who have to make the difficult decision to offboard employees due to COVID-19, and how they can maintain vision care. Learn more.
    March 23, 2020
    VSP: What's the Difference Between Essential and Emergency Eye-care vs Non-Essential and Routine Eye Care? Learn when you should be visiting your eye care professional during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Read more.
    April 2, 2020
    Extended Access to Essential Medical Eye Care Through the month of April, VSP has expanded access to medical eye care services* for most VSP members and their covered dependents. It is effective today, through April 30, 2020 for members who do not already have this benefit. Learn more.
    March 27, 2020
    VSP: Yes, We're Here for You From the way we work, to the way we interact with our family and friends, we’re all looking at the world a little differently. We want you to know that you can depend on VSP Vision Care to be by your side during and after this rapidly evolving time. Learn more.
    March 23, 2020
    VSP: What's the Difference Between Essential and Emergency Eye-care vs Non-Essential and Routine Eye Care? Learn when you should be visiting your eye care professional during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Read more.





     


     

     
















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