CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: See below for our most up-to-date details and information.

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HEALTH FAIRS DIRECT

Health Fairs Direct has been providing health fair events, wellness programs, and related services for more than three decades.  Their team of experts can help you organize and execute a professional health fair event regardless of the size.  Health Fairs Direct helps their customers by providing a high return on investment for health fair events and wellness programs as well.  They will help you design your next event and provide you with the right health and wellness tools that you need.    Health Fairs Direct is also the approved vendor for biometric screening services for our HIF membership.  These types of services are eligible under the Wellness Grant Program offered by the Coastal HIF.  For more information, see below:

 

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“BACK TO WORK” ANTIBODY TESTING

In an effort to be cautious, yet diligent, about employees returning to work safely after having been laid off, furloughed, or working from home, there has been a lot of discussion about doing antibody testing as part of a “back to work” strategy.

Many employers have considered including COVID-19 antibody testing for their employees as they are returning to work.  Over the last several months, there has been a lot of uncertainty about doing antibody testing for several reasons. During this time, we have been given mixed opinions on doing the testing at all, and if it were to be done, whether or not health insurance will pay for these test.  Some recent developments have given us more to consider at this point.

First, please note that antibody testing is covered by health insurance if it is deemed medically necessary and ordered by a physician.   

Second, in accordance with guidelines just recently issued by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and the Department of Treasury, antibody testing that is required/mandated by a “back to work” strategy is not covered by health insurance.

Third, the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) have advised against administering these tests as a “back to work” strategy.  In a press release dated June 16, 2020, the EEOC posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has been suggested that you consult your legal counsel before conducting any testing. 

For more complete information about this topic, please see the following links:

Also, it is important to note that the antigen test is to determine if a person has the virus, and is different from the antibodies test to see if you have already had the virus.  Antigen testing may be covered if medically necessary.