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Ohio Order to Give Employers Premium Flexibility During State of Emergency

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On Friday, March 20, 2020, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted on behalf of the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODOI) announced a requirement for insurers in the state to provide flexibility for employers and employees as they navigate the challenges presented by the current state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These regulations are temporary and intended to take effect immediately and conclude when the state of emergency is over. The rules apply to all group health plans in the state including health insurance carriers, stop loss carriers, multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), and other entities covered under the jurisdiction of the ODOI.