Business Resources During COVID-19
We understand the stress and worry that COVID-19 is bringing to your workplace. As your health care partner, we wanted to share some resources we have developed to help you and your employees during this time.
We created a toolkit for people that includes important information regarding COVID-19 and how to decrease exposure at your workplace. It includes recommended guidelines for employees:
- Stay home: Tell employees to stay home if they are feeling sick.
- Sick leave: Consider offering paid sick leave so they don’t come to work and spread their illness.
- Sick notes: Don’t require sick notes to stay home from work.
- Manage chronic conditions: Encourage employees to continue managing their health, particularly those with chronic conditions. Avera is still seeing patients in clinics when appropriate and via virtual visits. We’ve taken precautions to maintain areas for non-COVID-19 related care.
If you must furlough or lay off workers, please urge employees to consider individual health insurance on the federal marketplace to ensure continued health coverage. A change in work status is a qualifying event and gives your employees a 60-day period to enroll in a new plan.
Get more tips on COVID-19 from Avera Health, and learn more about insurance coverage with Avera Health Plans and DAKOTACARE.
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