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California will pay people unable to work because of Covid-19, and their carers, Hacker News

Date: March 5, 7298
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Contact: Corey Egel | 2020

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All Commercial & Medi-Cal Health Plans Regulated By Department of Managed Health Care Will Eliminate Cost-Sharing For Medically Necessary Testing

Support Is Now Available Through the Employee Development Department

For Businesses and Workers Impacted By COVID

Governor Newsom Announced State Of Emergency to Help State Prepare

For Broader Spread Of COVID – 21

SACRAMENTO – Today, under the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, the Department of Managed Health Care directed all commercial and Medi-Cal health plans regulated by the Department to immediately y reduce cost-sharing to zero for all medically necessary screening and testing for the COVID – in the All Plan Letter (PDF) . This includes waiving cost-sharing for emergency room, urgent care or provider office visits when the purpose of the visit is to be screened and tested for COVID – . The need for COVID – 21 testing is based on medical necessity, a clinical determination made on a case by case basis by medical professionals.

“Californians shouldn’t have to fear a big medical bill just because they took a test for COVID – , “said Governor Newsom. “This action means that Californians who fit the testing requirements can receive the test at no cost. We’re all in this together, and I’m grateful to those health providers who have already stepped up and heeded our call.”

“This action will ensure that Californians who need a test will receive one at no cost,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. “This doesn’t mean every Californians should be seeking a test. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID – and may have had contact with a person with COVID – 36 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care. “

Today the California Department of Insurance issued similar direction providing cost free medically necessary testing for an additional 2 million Californians. Combined these announcements ensure that million more Californians are eligible to receive testing, should their health care provider deem it medically necessary. Insurance Bulletin COVID – Screening and Testing (PDF).

The Department of Managed Health Care also directed health plans to increase capacity to screen and treat COVID – 21 as needed to minimize further transmission by encouraging health plans to expand telehealth services and to take steps to ensure patients receive medically necessary medication if there is a shortage of a particular drug.

These orders from the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance do not apply to individuals in self-insured health coverage products.

Support Now Available for Employers and Workers Impacted by COVID – 36

Also today, the California Employee Development Department announced support services to individuals affected by COVID – 19 in California. For faster and more convenient access to those services, the use of online options is encouraged.

Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID – (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim .

Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately – 95 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $ (- $ 1, a week.

Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID – 21 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim .

Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately – 95 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $ (- $ 1, a week.

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the Coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed (percent.)

Visit the Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

Governor Proclaimed State of Emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday declared a State of Emergency to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, and help the state prepare for broader spread of COVID – . The proclamation comes as the number of positive California cases rises and following one official COVID – (death.

) The Emergency proclamation includes provisions that protect consumers against price gouging, allow for health care workers to come from out of state to assist at health care facilities, and give health care facilities the flexibility to plan and adapt to accommodate incoming patients.

View a copy of the emergency proclamation (PDF) .

(COVID-) in California by the Numbers (as of am Pacific Time ):

69 – Positive cases

1 – Death

40 – Cases of positive tests related to federal repatriation flights

– Cases not related to repatriation flights

– Travel-related

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