Horizon BCBSNJ has updated their COVID-19 Resource Guide as of June 30, 2020.

Click here to download a PDF of the updated COVID-19 Resource Guide. Key updates are as follows: Extending the date from June 30, 2020 to August 31, 2020, for: Waiving the actively at work requirement (see page 19) Enabling furloughed employees to remain on a group health plan (see page 20) Waiving a group’s waiting… Read More

Empire issues dental premium credits to employer groups – COVID-19

See below from Empire Dear trusted partner, We continue to look for ways to provide support and financial relief to you and your employees during the COVID-19 emergency. Shelter-in-place orders across the country have caused significant disruptions to traditional patterns of care. As a response to these challenges, we are supporting our customers by issuing… Read More

Empire BCBS Extends Premium Grace Period to 6/30

In response to COVID-19 Empire has announced that they are giving more time to pay past-due premiums. Groups now have until June 30, 2020 to pay their balance. Empire has advised that groups should disregard any dates on previous communications or late notices.

Delta Dental Is Offering 30% Premium Credits for April, May and June

Delta Dental has advised that in response to COVID-19 they will be offering policyholders a 30% credit for premium payments for the months of April, May, and June automatically credited as follows: July’s invoice will reflect the 30% credit for April’s premium August’s invoice will reflect the 30% credit for May’s premium September’s invoice will… Read More

COBRA Deadline Extension Update and New COBRA Model Notices

We previously communicated information regarding the new rule in response to COVID-19 that extends most COBRA deadlines to beyond the “Outbreak Period,” which it defines as March 1, 2020, to 60 days after the end of the declared COVID-19 national emergency. Additional guidance has been released clarifying the Key COBRA deadlines extended as follows:  The… Read More

IRS allows Cafeteria Plan Changes due to COVID-19

On Tuesday the IRS issued a new rule that gives employers permission to let employees make mid-year changes to their group health insurance coverage and to their flexible spending accounts for healthcare (FSA) and dependent care (DCA) for 2020. Additionally, the IRS has increased the amount of the maximum carryover from $500 to $550 for… Read More

UHC Special COVID-19 Enrollment Opportunity for Dental and Vision

Unitedhealthcare has announced that they are offering fully insured Dental and Vision Plan Customers a one-time Special COVID-19 Dental and Vision Enrollment Opportunity for employees that previously waived or did not elect coverage. Below are details of this Special Enrollment Opportunity from UHC: The enrollment opportunity will extend from May 18 through May 29 with… Read More