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What a strange and unusual time, particularly for an association that is great about gathering together! In response, PIA of Louisiana has created a new group on Facebook: PIA of Louisiana Peers. We invite you to join us! If you have questions for other states, you can also join the National version of this group, PIA Peers. Lastly, if you are not following already, please be sure to keep up with us via the PIA of Louisiana Facebook page. You, our members, are in our thoughts and your PIA of LA staff and leadership pray for health and wellness for each of you and your loved ones. Stay safe!

PIA Coronavirus Resources

In the rapidly evolving situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic, PIA has started a resource webpage. We will be making continued updates to this page, but wanted to share the landing page with you: www.pianet.com/coronavirus.

Resources from PIA, the CDC, and our industry partners can be used to assist you in adapting to the new environment. Insurance agencies should consider implementing safeguards to reduce exposure to illness.

New FC&S Podcast Examines COVID-19
Insurance Issues

A new podcast from FC&S and PropertyCasualty360.com highlights some of the issues for insurers surrounding COVID-19. t's the first segment in a new insurance-related podcast series entitled, Insurance Speak.

In the first segment, Christine Barlow, managing editor of FC&S Expert Coverage Interpretation, looks at the lines of insurance most likely to be affected by the COVID-19 disease, discusses which areas are likely to see the most claims, and explains the role of policy interpretation and why this is so important for carriers and policyholders alike.
Upcoming PIA Events
04/07/2020 -- 1752 Club LSU Baseball Tailgate
(Alex Box Stadium)

04/07/2020 -- Northshore Chapter Meeting
(Dakota Restaurant)

04/15/2020 -- Northwest Chapter Crawfish Boil

04/21/2020 -- CPIA 3 Sustain Success

04/22/2020 -- YIP Casino Night

04/23/2020 -- Acadiana Chapter Crawfish Boil

04/28/2020 -- CISR Personal Auto

04/29/2020 -- CISR Personal Auto

05/06/2020 -- Big Easy Crawfish Boil
(Southport Hall)

05/06/2020 -- CISR William T Hold
(Baton Rouge)

Virtual Exhibit Hall

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Virtual Exhibit Hall

Donelon Issues Emergency Rule 37 to Address
Telemedicine and Network Adequacy

Commissioner Jim Donelon issued Emergency Rule 37 to address the statewide public health emergency declared to exist in the state of Louisiana as the result of the imminent threat posed to Louisiana citizens by COVID-19.

"Promulgating Emergency Rule 37 continues the proactive stance of the LDI to provide guidance to insurers, healthcare providers and consumers on the importance of network adequacy," said Donelon. "Not only does prudent use of telemedicine services promote social distancing, these services also provide a powerful tool to maintain access to critical care during this event."

In summary Emergency Rule 37:
  • Expands access to telemedicine services so Louisiana residents can continue receiving necessary care without a visit to a hospital or clinic, including permitting telemedicine visits conducted through the patient's phone or personal device.
  • Requires insurers to cover mental health services via telemedicine to the extent they would be covered in-person, except for treatments that are not appropriate for remote delivery.
  • Broadens telehealth availability by waiving restrictions requiring patients to only conduct telemedicine visits with providers in the insurer's existing telemedicine network.
  • Requires insurers to evaluate their out-of-network cost sharing to ensure patients are not unreasonably charged extra cost sharing amounts under their insurance policy if in-network access becomes limited during the event.
The full text of Emergency Rule 37 can be found here.

Additionally, other COVID-19 resources and FAQ's are available at www.ldi.la.gov.

About the Louisiana Department of Insurance: The Louisiana Department of Insurance works to improve competition in the state's insurance market while assisting individuals and businesses with the information and resources they need to be informed consumers of insurance. As a regulator, the LDI enforces the laws that provide a fair and stable marketplace and makes certain that insurers comply with the laws in place to protect policyholders. You can contact the LDI by calling 1-800-259-5300 or visiting www.ldi.la.gov.

OSHA Reminds Employers COVID-19 Is a Recordable Illness

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released guidance to help employers prepare their workplaces for an outbreak of COVID-19 — along with a reminder that any incidents of employees contracting the novel coronavirus at work are recordable illnesses, subject to the same rules and failure-to-record fines as other workplace injuries and illnesses.

While OSHA specifically exempts employers from recording incidents of employees contracting common colds and the flu in the workplace, COVID-19 is not exempt, the agency noted in a new document.

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LUBA Workers' Comp

Markel FirstComp

National General Insurance

SafePoint Insurance

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Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.

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