In response to the national COVID-19 emergency, Anthem is giving their clients more time to enroll in a health plan, file and appeal claims, elect COBRA continuation coverage, and pay COBRA premiums.
In May, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance allowing ERISA health plans to suspend key time-frames from March 1, 2020, until 60 days after the federal government declares the end of the national emergency or outbreak period in your area, whichever is later.
This applies to Fully Insured and self-funded ERISA employer-sponsored plans only.
Anthem is extending time-frames to make it easier for employees to:
- Take advantage of special enrollment if they previously declined employer-sponsored coverage but would now like to enroll.
- Elect COBRA continuation coverage if they lose their job or their work hours are reduced.
- Pay COBRA premiums.
- File or appeal claims.
- Notify their plan of qualifying life events such as marriage, divorce, birth of a baby or adoption, or disability determination related to COBRA coverage.
Visit anthem.com/coronavirus for more details about this change and your COVID-19 benefits. The Department of Labor website at dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/coronavirus provides more information, including frequently asked questions.