COVID-19 Business Impacts

WSDA is committed to keeping ​dentists and their teams informed about the latest business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Summary of Requirements for Return to Providing Non-Urgent Care

Governor Jay Inslee announced Washington State’s plan for the safe expansion of non-urgent health care services on May 18, issuing Proclamation 20-24.1 entitled “Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures.

As a benefit of membership, WSDA has ​put together a detailed summary (member login required) of Proclamation 20-24.1. Throughout the summary, we have included many relevant resources to help ​member dentists comply with ​the Governor's criteria for ​resuming non-urgent procedures.

Summary & Resources
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Please Note: This is a rapidly evolving situation and WSDA will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Business Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

Employer FAQs
Please note that requirements for unemployment benefits may change depending on decisions made at the federal level. Please check back regularly for updated information.
  • Can an employee refuse a return to work offer and continue to collect unemployment?
  • If I used a staffing agency for temporary workers in my practice, am I responsible for paying their unemployment taxes?
  • Can employers require workers to leave work if the employer believes an employee has been exposed to COVID-19?
  • Can business owners get unemployment benefits?
  • I heard there is federal legislation that has passed to expand unemployment insurance, how does this affect me?
  • Are there programs to assist businesses in retaining workers during COVID-19?
  • How can I provide employees with additional paid sick leave or cover lost wages that may result from COVID-19?
  • Can self-employed workers or independent contractors get unemployment benefits?
Sources
Washington State Employment Security Department: ​May 26, 2020: For workers and businesses affected by COVID-19
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: April 1​7, 2020: Paid Sick Leave and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions
Employee FAQs
Please note that requirements for unemployment benefits may change depending on decisions made at the federal level. Please check back regularly for updated information.
Sources
Washington State Employment Security Department: May 26, 2020: For workers and businesses affected by COVID-19
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: ​April 17, 2020: Paid Sick Leave and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions
Insurance FAQs
Medical Insurance FAQs
  • Can my medical plan remain active while my business is temporarily closed?
  • My employees will enroll on standby unemployment. Will this affect their ability to keep their coverage through my plan?
  • My employees will be permanently terminated, with no return to work date. What happens to their employer-sponsored coverage/my plan?
  • Is COBRA coverage an option for my employees?
  • What is the minimum requirement for actively enrolled employees on my plan?
  • How do I pay my bill during the closure, and can I change my contribution to employee premiums?
  • What is the grace period for monthly premium payments?
  • What paperwork or forms are required for submission to my insurance carrier for standby employees, those that are temporarily laid off, or those that have been terminated from employment?
  • What should I do when my business reopens/when my employees return to work within the provided Leave of Absence or Continuation of Coverage period?
  • Where can my employees obtain coverage if their Leave of Absence or Continuation of Coverage period expires before I reopen/before they return to work?
  • Can my employees re-enroll on my plan if my business reopens or my employees return to work after the provided Leave of Absence or Continuation of Coverage period has expired, or if they were rehired after being terminated?
  • How do I obtain documentation of my employer healthplan premium costs for 2019/2020?
  • How do I obtain copies of my medical insurance payment history/invoices, for the purposes of applying for financial assistance?
  • How should I stay informed of the latest updates from my carrier?

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