Anthem’s Actively at Work provision now extended through July 31st 2020
Please see the updated information on actively at work below which is being waived thru July 31, 2020 now. This was announced in the webinar for employers and brokers on 4/21/20—playback information further down below.
Q. Are customers able to continue employee health benefits if part of the workforce is laid-off or furloughed in response to the COVID-19 crisis?
A. Fully Insured Plans & MEWA: Yes. Anthem’s requirement for employees to be actively working in order to be eligible for coverage will be relaxed through July 31, 2020 as long as the monthly premium payment is received. Coverage must be offered on a uniform, non-discriminatory basis to all employees and employee premium contributions must be the same or less than what they were prior to the layoffs.
Q. As an employer, are we able to continue to offer health benefits to our employees if their hours are significantly reduced in response to the COVID-19 crisis? In other words, if only employees that work 30+ hours are eligible for coverage, will they still be eligible if they work less than 30 hours per week?
A. Yes. Anthem will continue to provide coverage through July 31st, 2020 in this situation as long as the monthly premium payment is received. Coverage must be offered on a uniform, non-discriminatory basis to all employees that had been offered coverage and employee premium contributions must be the same or less than what they were prior to the reduction in hours.
Playback from April 21, 2020 Broker/Employer Webcast
Thank you to everyone who attended the webcast today for brokers and employers. To listen to the playback, please follow the link below and use the passcode provided. You may share this link and passcode with your broker and employer contacts upon request.