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COVID-19 and HR: Information

Benefits Updates

Aetna Meritain members: No-cost coronavirus testing

If you are on the Aetna Meritain PPO or EPO plans, your co-pay will be waived. If you are on the Aetna Meritain High Deductible Plan, the test and associated office visit will be zero charge to you even if you have not met your deductible.

Note that any treatment (not testing) you receive for the virus will be covered at the normal level depending on your plan, meaning you may pay copays or, on the HDHP, owe charges if you have not met your deductible.

Use your telemedicine benefit!

If you are a benefits-eligible employee, you have access to physicians by smartphone app or phone and can avoid the wait (and contagion) at your medical center.

1199/SEIU members: use TelaDoc via your medical plan. All others: use HealthiestYou by downloading the app or calling (866) 703-1259.

TelaDoc/HealthiestYou is adding more doctors available by phone to deal with Covid-19 questions. If you are unsure about your symptoms and whether to get tested, you are encouraged to use telemedicine.

Here is a recent status update from HealthiestYou/TelaDoc:

In these unprecedented times, our doctors are taking care to assure that members’ questions are answered and needs are resolved. All general medical consults are now being screened for COVID‐19 risk factors according to CDC guidelines. We report suspected cases to the appropriate public health departments and our doctor s guide patients through the next steps for home care, in‐person care and/or testing. We continue to monitor incoming visit requests by geography and activate doctors to serve rising demand, and the Teladoc Health Medical Group is actively onboarding additional physicians to join our growing network.