Coronavirus in Ohio: State orders insurance companies to continue coverage for employees during shutdown

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio’s Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will be issuing an order that will allow all employers to take care of their employees’ health insurance during the state’s shutdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The order, issued through the Ohio Department of Insurance, will give employers a two-month grace period to pay insurance premiums to their insurance providers.

“I would hope that this will give them some relief at this time and health insurers must allow employers to continue covering employees even if the employee would otherwise become ineligible because of a decrease in the hours they work per week,” Husted said.

The order says the payments must be interest-free for up to 60 calendar days from the original premium due date, meaning employers can defer their premium payments for health insurance for up to two months.

The Ohio Department of Health reported the state’s first death due to the virus Friday. There are also 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Friday afternoon.

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