COVID-19 and Making Changes to Your Benefits
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 allows you to make changes to your 2021 Hess medical and dental plans as often as necessary between April 1, 2021, and November 30, 2021, without experiencing a qualified life event.
If you have questions, please call the Hess Benefits Center at Empyrean at 1-877-511-4377, Option 1.
COVID-19 and the Health Savings Account (HSA)
Paying for Over-the-Counter Drugs and Feminine Hygiene Products
Previously, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required a prescription from a physician for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to be eligible for reimbursement from a Health Savings Account (HSA). Now, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act eliminates that requirement, meaning you can use before-tax accounts to pay for OTC drugs without a prescription.
The CARES Act also recognizes feminine hygiene products as eligible for reimbursement from your before-tax accounts, but masks, surgical gloves and hand sanitizers generally are not.
COVID-19 and the EAP
Stay Informed with Health Advocate
Get the facts about COVID-19 and learn how to keep you and your family safe and healthy with free webinars from Health Advocate.
The Psychological Effects of COVID-19
This 15-minute webinar addresses the emotional impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Facts, Information and Emotional Impact of COVID-19
This 49-minute webinar covers:
- Understanding COVID-19
- Identifying its symptoms
- Preventing its spread
- Developing self-care strategies
- Helping your children cope
- Managing stress and fear
Click on the EAP+WORK/LIFE tab at the top of your Health Advocate homepage to access the COVID-19 Resources tile, as well as content on emotional well-being, personal growth, relationships, and financial, legal and health issues.
And don’t forget about Health Advocate’s services, referrals and support for work and family issues. They’re free and available 24/7. Hess covers all of your calls to Health Advocate and up to eight outpatient counseling sessions per issue per calendar year in full.
Health Advocate is Ready To Help
If you need support during this time of crisis, contact Health Advocate at 1-877-583-8787 or healthadvocate.com/hess.