COVID-19 Carrier Updates – Aetna

Aetna AFA (Groups with 2-50 Employees)

Eligibility Requirements – Reduced Hours/Layoffs

If an active, enrolled employee working 30 hours or more per week is furloughed or has hours reduced below normal full-time eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aetna AFA will allow employers to allow the employee to remain on the plan for the duration of the extended relief period – through July 31, 2020.  This is allowed  as long as fee and premium payments are made, the employees are not terminated from the plan and the reduction in hours/la off is a temporary measure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please note that employers must offer this coverage on a uniform, non-discriminatory basis, without regard to health status-related factors.

The rehire waiting period for re-hired employees who were terminated due to COVID-19 will be waived.

Special Open Enrollment Period

At this time, there has not been an announcement by Aetna AFA regarding a Special COVID-19 Open Enrollment opportunity.  We will continue to provide updates as they are received.

Aetna – Fully Insured Plans and Large Groups

Eligibility Requirements – Reduced Hours/Layoffs and Special Open Enrollment Period

At this time, there has not been an announcement by Aetna Fully Insured Plans / Large Groups regarding relaxed eligibility requirements or a Special COVID-19 Open Enrollment opportunity.  We will continue to provide updates as they are received.