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TriNet Aiming to Help Small and Medium Size Businesses amidst COVID-19

By HR Tech Outlook | Monday, April 13, 2020

In response to the looming health insurance coverage gape, TriNet is looking to facilitate access to alternative health plan options. These alternatives come in a range of price points, which provide greater accessibility at a time of economic uncertainty

FREMONT, CA: Comprehensive human resource provider TriNet is working towards helping small and medium-sized businesses understand the range of health coverage offerings available to them, as they navigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has driven the U.S. economy into an abrupt contraction, leaving millions of workers at risk of losing their jobs as well as health coverage. As per the latest data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, about 156 million Americans, receive employer-sponsored health insurance.

In response to the looming health insurance coverage gape, TriNet is looking to facilitate access to alternative health plan options. These alternatives come in a range of price points, which provide greater accessibility at a time of economic uncertainty. This comprehensive effort by TriNet is aimed to ensure that the company's customers and workers are empowered to choose the best plans to meet their current needs. “As a leader in providing HR solutions to SMBs, we are leveraging our deep relationships with the health insurance industry to provide our valued customers and their workers with access to alternative offerings that are needed right away,” said Ed Griese, TriNet SVP of Insurance Services.

Short term health insurance provider Pivot Health is aiming to provide unemployed, or furloughed workers access to fast and flexible temporary medical insurance solutions to meet the coverage gap. In cases where Pivot Health's plans are not available, an ACA marketplace plan can serve as an alternative. Pivot Health plans also include telemedicine through Doctor on Demand, and cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing expenses. However, these short-term plans are not meant to be permanent replacements and do not cover pre-existing conditions or the essential benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

TriNet has also expanded its telehealth programs to help its clients’ workers who do not currently access their health insurance benefits through TriNet, reach health professionals in a safe, social distancing and economical manner. Working directly with New Benefits, TriNet is providing access to two customized telehealth options through the My Benefits Work mobile app. These telemedicine programs offer 24/7 access to a doctor anytime, anywhere with no consult fee.

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