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April 2, 2020

Lamont orders 60-day grace period for insurance premiums

HBJ File Photo Aetna's Hartford headquarters.

Gov. Ned Lamont has ordered the state’s health, life, property-casualty and other insurers to not terminate any policy due to nonpayment of premiums.
The order is in effect for the months of April and May, and it is not automatic.
Insurance policyholders must contact their insurers and provide additional information to satisfy eligibility requirements.
In a statement, the Connecticut Association of Health Plans said its member carriers “understand and appreciate that we are in unprecedented times.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic can make it challenging, if not impossible, for some businesses and customers to pay their health insurance premiums,” the association said. “We are working diligently with those impacted to best address their needs by temporarily deferring premium payments, working out payment plans, and/or referring individuals and employers to those programs and services that can best support them during this difficult juncture.”
The grace period, for those who can get it, is an extension of time to pay a premium or interest. It is not a waiver or forgiveness.
The offer is open to businesses and individuals, but it does not apply to self-funded health plans, which cover a majority of employees in Connecticut.
Individuals and businesses may also have to provide an affidavit or other information about losing employment or pay due to COVID-19, or suffered revenue loss from the pandemic, including businesses that have been ordered to close, such as restaurants and bars.
There are various other caveats and provisions. Lamont’s full order can be read here.

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