ABSOLUTE MUST: Get Medical Documentation for any Coronavirus-Related Absence: To protect your job, make sure that you get medical documentation, such as a doctor’s note, for any coronavirus-related absence. If you can see your doctor in person, please ask for a note or other such documentation. If you are on quarantine, you can use “telehealth” (see below) and/or email your doctor for documentation.
Telehealth: Get Medical Help and Medical Documentation for Your Employer During Quarantine Getting medical health and medical documentation could be difficult during a quarantine. Most major hospitals use “Telehealth” to allow you to access care through phone, video, email, or otherwise. Telehealth is especially important in obtaining medical documentation, such as doctor’s notes, to show your employer if they question your absence. Below is a list of hospitals/providers that use telehealth along with links to their websites.
Kaiser Permanente: Kaiser recommends emailing your doctor with questions, scheduling an on-phone appointment, or scheduling a video appointment. In-office appointments are available, but they’re recommending patients call in advance for coronavirus so proper precautions can be taken.
For more information: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield: Anthem/BCBC recommends using an online service, among other things. To access that service, or for more information: https://www.anthem.com/ Cigna:
Cigna recommends calling their 24/7 hotline, but has in-office tests available. For more information: https://www.cigna.com/individuals-families/health-wellness/topic-disaster-resourcecenter/coronavirus-public-resources
If you have any questions, you can google the name of your healthcare provider + “coronavirus” to see their recommendations. For example, google search “Cigna Coronavirus.”
You can also contact your BCTGM Local 26 Officers.
Workers With Children May Be Eligible for SNAP Benefits During School Closures: The Colorado Department of Labor has approved SNAP assistance for households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals during regular school hours but are now unable to because of coronavirus-related school closures.