March 31, 2020
On March 27, 2020, the Bureau of Insurance published a supplemental order regarding continuation of group health coverage. According to the supplemental order, carriers (when requested by an employer) must suspend the application of any group health plan contract provision that terminates coverage when an eligible employee is no longer actively employed by the employer, provided that the employer’s continued coverage is made to all affected employees on a nondiscriminatory basis. In other words, the carrier must allow furloughed (or other inactive) employees to remain on the group health plan during the COVID-19 related pandemic.
Maine employers with fully insured plans should work with their carriers and review plan documents to determine if they will continue health insurance eligibility during a furlough.
Supplemental Order Regarding Continuation of Group Health Coverage »