COVID-19 HR Information

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been updates to work and leave provisions, health benefits and other HR items.
Page updated May 16, 2023.

There have been updates to work and leave provisions, health benefits and other HR items due to COVID-19. Please consult this webpage for the most up-to-date information. Several work and leave provisions listed below ended in accordance with the end of the declared public health emergency.

Page updated May 16, 2023.

State Health Plan 

Please visit the State Health Plan’s website for more information regarding updates to benefits due to COVID-19.

The federal government announced that the COVID-19 public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023. As a result, the State Health Plan will no longer cover the cost of over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests. Members will be responsible for the cost. For more information, visit the State Health Plan's website

Sept. 12, 2022, Update about COVID-19 boosters:

The State Health Plan (SHP) recently learned of coding issues causing rejections for COVID-19 vaccine boosters at some pharmacies, such as Walgreens.  The issue is only regarding the new booster. 

Due to the current issue with coding at some pharmacies, employees enrolled in the State Health Plan coverage may have a better experience going to a CVS pharmacy for their booster. SHP advised if employees have an issue with coverage when going to get their COVID-19 vaccine or booster at CVS or any other pharmacy, for the member or the pharmacy, to contact CVS Caremark (SHP Pharmacy Manager).  They can be reached at 888-321-3124, to request an override. Members need to also have their SHP health insurance ID card ready.


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