COVID-19 Benefits Information

The well-being of our students, teachers, staff, and community is always our top priority. To this end, we wanted to provide some information on your district benefits to ensure you are supported during this challenging time. If you have any health-related questions, please call your primary care provider.

UMR:  

As of April 1, the district will expand in-network coverage under its self-funded health plan through UMR to cover remote office visits/telehealth visits at the same benefit level as a regular office visit. As a reminder, in-home services through Dispatch Health are also considered in-network services. EXCEPTION: UMR will provide first-dollar coverage for services incurred in a medical office, urgent care, or an emergency room that result in an order for COVID-19 testing or administration of the test. Treatment following testing will continue to be subject to regular deductibles, coinsurance and/or copays.

CVS Caremark® is allowing early refills and encouraging members to refill maintenance medications with a 90-day supply  – either at a pharmacy or via mail order to minimize the risk of exposure to patients. 

The Zero Card: 

Members covered on the district’s UMR health plan also have access to no-cost testing through Quest Diagnostics. Quest locations will process specimens but they can't do the swab at the lab.

Kaiser Permanente:  

Kaiser is making the following temporary changes to ensure they can continue to provide care for members while also preparing for the anticipated increase in the number of patients with COVID-19. 

To conserve supplies and equipment, as well as help address community spread of COVID-19 they are doing the following:  

  • Effective Last Week: Expanded Telehealth and Virtual Care which will allow members to stay at home if you want and enable KP to increase the number of patients they can treat.  

  • Beginning March 17: Temporarily Postponing Non-Urgent Surgeries and Procedures to ensure they have capacity and equipment to care for the potential of more critically ill patients.  

  • Beginning March 23: Temporarily Consolidating Medical Offices and decreasing the need for in-person care wherever possible. This will help reduce unnecessary potential exposure for members and staff.  

The following KP Urgent Care locations will continue to be open:  

  • Aurora Centrepoint (14701 E. Exposition Ave, Aurora)

  • Lakewood (8383 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood)

  • Lone Tree (10240 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree)

In-patient care and pharmacy will be available at the following medical offices. These are the only Kaiser facilities that remain open as of Monday, March 23: 

  • Acero (2625 W. Pueblo Blvd, Pueblo)

  • Arapahoe (5555 E. Arapahoe Rd, Centennial) 

  • Franklin (2045 Franklin St, Denver) 

  • Loveland (4901 Thompson Pkwy, Loveland) 

  • Parkside (215 Parkside Dr, Colorado Springs) 

  • Rock Creek (280 Exempla Circle, Lafayette) 

  • Skyline (1375 E. 20th Ave, Denver) 

If you develop symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing) or believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 (or flu) KP is recommending the following:  

  • Call the advice number 303-338-4545 (TTY 711) to speak with a licensed care provider or to schedule a telephone or video appointment. 

  • Chat with a doctor on kp.org or on the KP app. 

  • Visit kp.org/getcare and click on “24/7 advice.” 

Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts:

If you participate in the district’s Health Care Flexible Spending Account you should know that the president recently signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) which reinstated over the counter (OTC) medications—not subject to a prescription—as a reimbursable expense under flexible spending accounts. This provision is retroactive to January 1, 2020. The Act also added menstrual care products such as tampons and pads to the list of reimbursable expenses. Because it may take time for merchants to code the newly-eligible expenses into their point-of-sale systems, you may experience problems paying for them with your FSA debit card.  If so, contact P&A Group at 800-688-2611 for information on how to submit the expenses for reimbursement.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts:

When childcare needs change as a result of a reduction in work hours it may be considered a qualifying life event under the Dependent Care FSA—meaning you can adjust your Dependent Daycare FSA election. If you are interested in reducing your current election as a result of a reduction in work hours, please contact the benefits team no later than April 13, 2020.

Voluntary Short-Term Disability (STD) Coverage: 

If you are enrolled in the district’s voluntary, employee-paid STD plan, you may qualify for a weekly benefit of up to 60% of your eligible salary – maximum of $1,500 per week, if you are unable to work due to a covered non-work-related accident or illness. Benefits begin on the 15th day of the disability and continue during the period of your disability. If you are unable to work due to a diagnosis of COVID-19, contact The Hartford at 888-563-1124.

EAP:

ComPsych (the district’s Employee Assistance Program) can help keep you informed about the coronavirus and offer confidential, no-cost guidance on how to stay healthy and deal with the financial and emotional impacts of the outbreak. The GuidanceResources program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist with virtually any issue. Phone: 855-699-6908 or online at:  www.guidanceresources.com (company web ID: SVVSD).

Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act”:

Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, certain SVVSD employees may be eligible for paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for specific reasons related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see the United States Department of Labor poster describing these new federal benefits. If you believe you qualify to take leave under the FFCRA or have questions about it, please contact Rachel Romero at 303-682-7282 or romero_rachel @svvsd.org.

Links to the Colorado HELP rules and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) are found below:

Colorado HELP:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/colorado-health-emergency-leave-pay-%E2%80%9Ccolorado-help%E2%80%9D-rules

FFCRA: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Federal.pdf