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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Important employee information related to COVID-19

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201)

Recently, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) was passed containing important employee information related to COVID-19.

Medical Coverage for COVID-19 Testing

Retroactive to January 1, 2020, all self-insured medical plans, including Wright State University, will cover at 100% testing for COVID-19. This means that for all Wright State employees participating in our medical plans:

  • Testing in medical offices, emergency rooms, and urgent care facilities is all covered
  • No deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance apply for visit
  • No prior authorization or medical management is needed
  • Telehealth visits for testing are included

Please note that this does not apply for COVID-19 treatment presently so all normal co-pays and deductibles will apply should you need treatment.

In addition to covering telehealth visits for COVID-19, the university is expanding “free” telehealth coverage March 18 through June 14, 2020.

This means that your co-pay of $20.00 for PPO plan members and $59.00 for HDHP plan members are waived during this time. Encouraging utilization of Live Health Online supports Governor DeWine’s stay at home order and allows individuals to see a physician from their own home if needed.

Employees are encouraged to preregister for Live Health Online so that if and when a visit is needed, you do not have to be concerned with registration.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave:

  1. Will be effective: April 1 through December 31, 2020
  2. Applies to employers with less than 500 employees and all governmental employers
  3. Leave is for all employees
  4. Provides up to 80 hours paid sick leave for COVID-19 reasons
  5. Eligibility is determined if the employee is unable to work (or telework) due to need for leave because:
    1. Federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order
    2. Employee is advised to self-quarantine
    3. Employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis
    4. Employee is caring for individual subject to isolation or quarantine order or needing diagnosis or care due to symptoms
    5. Employee is caring for a son or daughter whose school or child care are unavailable because of COVID-19
  6. Duration of Leave and Rate of Pay:

The leave is available for immediate use and must be used prior to any existing paid leave. Full-time employees are eligible for 80 hours of leave. Leave will be pro-rated for part-time employees (average over a two-week period).

An employee on leave will be paid their regular rate of pay up to $511 daily, for a total of $5,110.

An employee who takes leave to care for another individual, or care for a child under 18 due a school or child care closure, will be paid two-thirds their base compensation, up to $200 daily, for a total of $2,000.

Paid FMLA Public Health Emergency (PHE) Leave

  1. Effective April 1 through December 31, 2020
  2. Applies to employers with less than 500 employees and all governmental employers
  3. Employees employed more than 30 days are eligible for this leave
  4. Leave is allowed for up to 12 weeks, and the first 10 days is unpaid and the remaining 10 weeks will be paid at two-thirds of base compensation pay, up to $200 daily, for a total of $10,000
    1. Employees may utilize Emergency Paid Sick Leave for the first 10 days as noted above
  5. Eligibility is determined if the employee is unable to work (or telework) due to need for leave because care is needed for a son or daughter under age 18 whose school or child care is unavailable because of COVID-19

The definition of a serious health condition has been expanded due to the COVID-19. This involves continuing treatment by a health care provider (HCP) that results in incapacity of more than three consecutive calendar days with two or more in-person visits to an HCP within 30 days, OR one in-person visit with regimen of continuing treatment (e.g. prescriptions, physical therapy). Plus, inability to work, attend school, or perform other regular daily activities.

If you have questions, please contact HR-Benefits@wright.edu.

Resources:

Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Live Health Online