COVID-19 ALERT: Cigna Extends Eligibility Guidelines Relief Period
Posted on April 23, 2020
See below from Cigna
Cigna is committed to being there for our clients and their employees.
The unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic is complex. Some employers have been faced with limiting staff hours, furloughing employees, and in certain cases, temporary lay-off and we understand how stressful that can be.
As such, to remain flexible and accommodating based on current circumstances, Cigna is modifying the extended relief period again to be defined as the period starting March 16, 2020, through August 31, 2020*.
The relaxed eligibility requirements during this crisis and extended relief period are defined as:
If an active, enrolled employee working 30 hours or more per week as of March 1 is furloughed or has hours reduced below normal full-time eligibility, Cigna will agree to allow the employee to remain on the plan for the duration of the extended relief period as long as fee and premium payments are made.
- These changes to eligibility would be available for all funding types.
- Applies to medical, dental, and vision plans.
- Clients should understand that the employees who remain on the plan through the extended relief period were active and covered by the plan as of March 1, 2020**. (Please note: employees who do not fall under this ‘extended relief period’ would fall under the Temporary Layoff or Leave of Absence guidelines in current plan documents).