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Feds Require Insurers and Group Health Plans to Cover Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests Starting January 15
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employee Benefits, Employment, Insurance Regulatory
In an effort to expand the availability of free COVID-19 testing, the Biden-Harris Administration has announced that beginning January 15, 2022, insurance companies and group health plans will be required to cover the cost of over-the-counter (“OTC”) COVID-19 tests. This requirement is being…
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The New Eviction Moratorium Issued by the Biden Administration: Where Does It Leave Landlords and Property Owners Moving Forward?
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Litigation
On August 3, 2021, the Centers for Disease and Control issued an Order that temporarily halts evictions on the basis of failure to pay rent and is in effect through October 3, 2021. At its core, the Order was promulgated to protect public health by preventing evicted individuals from potentially…
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An Employee has Tested Positive for COVID-19, Now What?
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment
Currently, the number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas continues to rise due to the Delta variant. With the rising number of COVID-19 cases, now is the perfect time for employers to refresh themselves on guidelines and policies for when an employee tests positive for COVID-19. In addition, as…
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Renewal of Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Health Care, Legislative Updates
On July 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a Renewal of Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists extending the federal COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for another ninety (90) days effective July 20, 2021. The PHE has been in place since January…
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Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines in Hospitals
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment, Health Care
On June 4, 2021, a federal judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked Houston Methodist Hospital (the “Hospital”) from requiring its employees to receive one of the currently-available COVID-19 vaccines. One hundred sixteen employees of the Hospital (the…
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