Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson provided insight to Modern Healthcare about a second federal relief package in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak. The measure included an increase in state Medicaid funding and a requirement that insurers do not charge cost-sharing for services related to coronavirus testing.
Under the mandate, the U.S. Department of Labor may exempt: companies with less than 50 employees; healthcare workers; and first responders from the requirements. Employers can also choose on their own to exempt healthcare workers and emergency responders.
"They want those workers available as much as possible right now." Sarah-Lloyd stevenson
In the article, Stevenson also discussed an edit in the second COVID-19 relief package that makes a minor change to telehealth provisions that were included in Congress’ first aid package.