March 27, 2020
The CARES Act would, among other requirements, require employer-sponsored insurance to cover coronavirus preventive services at no cost to their employees.
Additional provisions include requiring employers to:
Expansion of Health Savings Accounts: Individuals with HSAs will be able to use funds to cover telehealth services and purchase over-the-counter drugs and medical products without a prescription.
No resolution to surprise billing: Talk of an overall fix to surprise medical billing being included in the CARES Act did not come to fruition. Instead, the funding for several health care programs was extended to November, meaning surprise billing will likely be renegotiated then. However, it is possible that provisions to fix surprise billing could be included in a Phase IV COVID-19 bill.