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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE CARES ACT FOR CHUMASH TEAM MEMBERS

March 28, 2020

On Friday March 27th, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  We want to provide our Chumash Casino Resort Team Members with information regarding how the new law may impact you. 

This is for informational purposes ONLY.

Below is a summary of information and how it can potentially benefit, you, our Team Members:

Direct Payments

  • Each person that earned up to $75,000 as an individual taxpayer (or $150,000 if filed jointly) will receive $1,200 from the U.S Treasury Department.  For Team Members that earned between $75,000 and $99,000 as individual taxpayers (or $198,000 if filed jointly) the amount is reduced $5 for each $100 that a taxpayer earned.  Team Members that earned above $99,000 (or $198,000 if filing jointly) will not be eligible to receive a payment from the government.  Payments are based on your most recent tax filing (2019 if filed already or 2018 if you have not filed yet this year).
  • Taxpayers receiving a payment from the government will also receive $500 for each claimed dependent.  That means a family of four earning less than $150,000 can expect a payment of $3,400.


 

Unemployment Benefits


  • Individuals that are granted unemployment benefits through the California Employment Development Department (EDD) www.edd.ca.gov are eligible to receive benefits for up to 39 weeks between January 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020.  In addition, the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits is being waived.
  • Additionally, individuals that are granted unemployment benefits through EDD are entitled to receive an additional $600 per week for up to 4 months through July 31, 2020.

 


 

Testing and Preventive Services for Those on Chumash Health Insurance


If you are enrolled in the Cigna benefit plan, the plan will cover diagnosis, testing, and treatment associated with COVID-19 including:

  • COVID-19 diagnostic visits: Cigna is waiving out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 visits with in-network providers, whether at a provider’s office, urgent care center, emergency room, or via virtual care, through May 31, 2020.
  • COVID-19 testing: Cigna is waiving out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 FDA-approved testing. Only a health care provider or hospital can administer the test and send the sample to an approved lab for results.
  • COVID-19 treatment: Cigna is waiving out-of-pocket costs for all COVID-19 treatment through May 31, 2020. The treatments that Cigna will cover for COVID-19 are those covered under Medicare or other applicable state regulations. The company will reimburse health care providers at Cigna's in-network rates or Medicare rates, as applicable.*
*This COVID-19 treatment policy applies to customers in the United States who are covered under Cigna’s employer/union sponsored insured group health plans, insured plans for US based globally mobile individuals, Medicare Advantage and Individual and Family Plans (IFP). Cigna will also administer the waiver to self-insured group health plans and the company encourages widespread participation, although these plans will have an opportunity to opt-out of the waiver option.

 

Will Cigna cover COVID-19 virtual care visits?

Yes. If your visit is related to screening and assessing your risk for COVID-19, your out-of-pocket costs will be waived.
Cigna customers can also receive virtual medical care not related to COVID-19 by physicians and certain providers with virtual care capabilities through May 31, 2020. Out-of-pocket costs may apply.

 



Updated April 4, 2020

401(k) Retirement Plan Loans and Distributions


401(k) Plan participants affected by COVID 19 now have increased opportunity to gain access to retirement plan savings accounts.

  • Affected participants can request a special distribution type, Coronavirus Related Distribution through December 30, 2020.
  • Requests for new loans are available regardless of employment status (active or on leave of absence), subject to loan availability and account balance.
  • Plan participants with existing loans can request to defer/suspend loan repayments for a period up to 12 months.

To request a distribution, loan, loan repayment deferment, or to receive more information, please contact Vanguard Participant Services at 1-800-523-1188. Reference plan #097539. Or for general questions you may contact HR at 805.686.2222 or submit a Fast Pass question.

 


Team Members with additional questions are encouraged to contact the Human Resources office at (805) 686-2222 or submit questions to Team Member Fast Pass .  

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