House of Representatives Takes Up Coronavirus Relief

House of Representatives Takes Up Coronavirus Relief

On Friday, March 14, 2020, the United States House of Representatives passed the bipartisan “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”  The United States Senate is expected to take up the measure this week. If the bill is signed into law in its current form, it would immediately mandate that all individual and group health insurance plans provide access to COVID-19 testing without cost-sharing and fully expand access to testing without cost-sharing to uninsured individuals and people who get their coverage through public programs. The bill also mandates that all employers with fewer than 500 employees provide paid sick leave benefits and expands access and protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

It is unclear at this time if the content of the legislation will change at all as it moves through the United States Senate.  Kistler Tiffany Benefits/One Digital is monitoring the progress of this bill very carefully. If and when a new law is enacted, we will update all of our clients right away about any new requirements that may affect your benefit plan and employee leave policies.

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