On January 30, 2023, the Biden Administration announced its plan to end the COVID-19 National Emergency and Public Health Emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023. This leaves companies with many issues to consider as they prepare for the next phase of the pandemic. Here are some topics you should review:
After the PHE concludes, health plans will no longer have an obligation to provide COVID-19 diagnostic tests and associated services without cost sharing. However, health plans must continue to cover recommended preventive services, including COVID-19 vaccinations, without cost sharing. It’s important to note that this coverage requirement will only apply to services received from in-network providers.
Furthermore, once the COVID-19 outbreak period ends, health plans can revert to their original deadlines for HIPAA special enrollment, COBRA continuation coverage, and procedures related to claims and appeals.
As the guidance surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, new variants emerge, and vaccination rates change, we recommend that companies stay informed about the latest guidelines and recommendations from reliable sources, such as the CDC. These sources provide up-to-date information on best practices for preventing the spread of the virus and protecting the health of employees.
In addition, it is essential for companies to consider state- and county-specific rules and regulations. Different regions may have their own guidelines and requirements, including mask mandates, capacity limits, and testing protocols. By staying informed and aligning your policies with both national guidelines and local regulations, you can ensure you are implementing effective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and maintain a safe working environment.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies implemented their own policies and protocols to protect the health and safety of their employees. These measures included various strategies such as remote work arrangements, enhanced cleaning procedures, social distancing measures, mask requirements, and vaccination policies. While these company-specific guidelines were largely based on the prevailing recommendations from health authorities like the CDC, it is important for companies to regularly revisit and update their policies as guidance evolves.
As this change takes effect, the ARI Human Resources Team is here to help you interpret guidelines and regulations, to review your current polices and revise policies as necessary, and to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to learn more about how we can help support your business, contact us.