Regarding health care, certain group treatment programs and adult day programs can resume. Governor Baker has also announced that Phase 3 brings new guidelines for group gatherings. Indoor gatherings can now be held for 8 people per 1,000 square feet, not to exceed 25 people. Gatherings in enclosed outdoor spaces are limited to 25% of the maximum permitted occupancy not to exceed 100 people. For more information on the guidance provided for Phase 3 Step 1, click here.
Under another order, commercial insurers and the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) will be required to cover medically necessary telehealth services. Telehealth is “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care.” These insurers will also be required to fully cover all COVID-19-related testing and treatment.
Massachusetts Health Connector
The state marketplace for health insurance is making some changes due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
- In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the MA Health Connector has extended its open enrollment period to May 25, 2020.
- Individuals who have lost their jobs and their job-related healthcare coverage may be eligible for coverage under the MA Health Connector.
- Information about enrollment and coverage can be found here