As the uncertainty increases, we remain deeply committed to our core values of service and responsiveness to ensure there is no disruption to our members. HealthEZ will remain fully operational under the State of Minnesota stay at home order. We will continue to provide unparalleled customer service, prompt and accurate claims processing, 24-hour help line, and all client support, including your dedicated 800 number.

Our thoughts are with those that have been impacted by COVID-19 and we offer our support to all members of our HealthEZ family. Below you’ll find updates from our team on the latest news, current legislation and government assistance programs.

Covid-19 vaccine faq

COVID-19 vaccines are an important step in slowing the spread of the disease. As the uncertainty increases, HealthEZ is committed to helping you stay informed on COVID-19 vaccines and encourage you to discuss the vaccine with your health care provider. As an essential business, HealthEZ has and will continue to provide unparalleled customer service, prompt and accurate claims processing, our 24-hour help line, and all client support during the pandemic.

These changes have been implemented and there is no action required on your part at this time. Please contact your dedicated account manager with any questions.

1. There are 2 COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA

Multiple candidate vaccines are currently in clinical trials and two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use 16 years and older. CDC has shared the following COVID-19 vaccine planning assumptions:

  • Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed with the first two vaccines available. Both doses must be of the same product and will need to be separated by either 21 days or 28 days, depending on the vaccine.

The two vaccines authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:

Several other trials from multiple companies are continuing with promising results that you may have read about. It’s helpful to know that the FDA has a review process that it completes before it will authorize vaccines for emergency use by the general public.

2. The COVID-19 vaccine will have limited availability at first

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with state health departments to determine who should get FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines first and where they can get it.

The CDC is recommending that the first doses will go to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. As more supply becomes available, the CDC recommends the next group to get the vaccine will be essential workers (emergency workers, utility workers, teachers, etc.), followed by this third group: adults with certain medical conditions and people age 65 and older.

Visit your state health department for information on COVID-19 vaccine availability in your area. 

3. You will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine at no charge​

You will be able to get the vaccine at $0 cost-share (copayments, deductibles and coinsurance), no matter where you get the COVID-19 vaccine and including when 2 doses are required. Members will have $0 cost-share at both in- and out-of-network providers through the national public health emergency period. The government will pay for the cost of the vaccine, and the health care provider who administers the vaccine will be reimbursed by the health plan.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at pharmacies as well as doctors’ offices and other clinical sites of care. The vaccine will be covered under the medical or pharmacy benefit, depending on the site of administration. If the vaccine is administered by a pharmacy, it will be covered under the pharmacy benefit. If the vaccine is administered by a doctor’s office or another clinical site of care, it will be covered under the medical benefit.

Further Questions?

The CDC website remains the best resource for COVID-19 information.

COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic. It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act HR-6201

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act HR-6201 mandates that self-funded, employer sponsored health plans cover the testing for COVID-19, along with the associated doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency room visit at no cost to plan members. To comply with this legislation, HealthEZ is updating all employer’s plan designs. 

Additionally, to comply with social distancing recommendations, plan designs have been updated to process telephonic or electronic visits with physicians or clinics at the same benefit level as an in-person consult. 

These changes have been implemented and there is no action required on your part at this time. Please contact your dedicated account manager with any questions.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM​

This is a loan that is fully guaranteed by the Small Business Administration and is issued by SBA approved lender and others specially designated. The loan must be applied for by June 30th, 2020 and has a maximum duration of 10 years.

Proceeds may be used for:

  • Payroll, salaries and/or commissions
  • Group health insurance premiums and other healthcare costs
  • Rent or Mortgage interest (excluding
  • amounts pre-paid)
  • Utilities
  • Other business interest incurred prior to February 15, 2020

EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT​​

This is a new credit against payroll taxes, which includes 50% of wages paid to each employee up to a max of $10,000 of wages per person.

Must qualify by either:

  • Having operations partially/fully suspended due to government-required suspension of operations
  • Have a quarter with <50% of revenues (not profit) from same quarter 2019

Read more to learn about the Government Assistance and Cares Act.

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