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Most voluntary carriers are taking action to provide relief to employers and employees amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, finds Eastbridge’s latest Frontline™ Report

AVON, Conn., April 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The study, entitled Voluntary/Worksite Carrier Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, released to participants on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, found that of the 40 carriers surveyed, 85% have plans to provide relief to employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most common relief measure mentioned was an extension of the grace period. In addition, 53% of carriers plan to provide financial relief to laid-off employees by allowing them additional time to pay their premiums.

Many carriers are considering other actions like sending special communications or benefit reminders or changes to enrollment options. A few carriers are already planning product changes. Some are modifying wellness benefits while others are considering changes to their critical illness or hospital indemnity offerings.

Voluntary/Worksite Carrier Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic is an Eastbridge Frontline™ Report. Eastbridge Information Partners™ as well as survey participants receive the Frontline™ Report free of charge. For more information regarding the Information Partner™ program or about Eastbridge reports, email the company at, visit the website at or call (860) 676-9633.

Eastbridge Consulting Group, Inc. is a marketing advisory firm serving companies focused on the voluntary/worksite benefits market in the United States and Canada.

Ginger Bates (803) 782-0560

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