As information continues to unfold about the coronavirus, there’s something you can count on: Your Lam benefits provide the support you and your family need right now.
On site or remote?
In either case, the Return-to-Workplace FAQs have details on time away, child care, and other benefits you may need right now.
At-home test kits
In accordance with current federal requirements, you can get up to eight over-the counter (OTC) COVID-19 antigen tests each month for each covered family member at no cost through your Lam medical plan. You do not need prior authorization or a prescription.
You can purchase OTC test kits online, at a pharmacy, or at other stores. In-network pharmacies will allow you to obtain tests with no copay, coinsurance, or deductible at the point of sale. Anthem members can find a network pharmacy on the CVS Caremark site. Kaiser members can find participating retail pharmacies and instructions on kp.org.
If you pay for an OTC test, be sure to keep your receipt and the UPC or QR code from the test kit package so you can be reimbursed.
How to claim reimbursement
If you pay for a test kit in a store or online, follow these instructions to be reimbursed by your medical plan. Your plan will cover either the full cost or $12 per test—whichever amount is lower. A kit with two tests will be counted and reimbursed as two tests.
Eligible test kits are rapid antigen home tests for COVID-19 that have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA.
By submitting a claim for reimbursement, you are attesting that the at-home COVID-19 test was purchased for use by a covered family member, is not for employment purposes unless required by state law, will not be reimbursed by another source, and is not for resale.
Log in to anthem.com/ca, go to Claims & Payment, and choose Submit a Claim. Be prepared to upload a copy of your receipt.
Go to Coverage & Costs on kp.org, log in, and select Submit a medical claim.
The claim must include:
- The itemized purchase receipt documenting the name of the test, the date of purchase, the price, the quantity of tests, and some evidence of your payment.
- The UPC or QR code, cut out of the packaging, for the at-home COVID-19 test. If you are submitting online, cut out the code and submit a picture of it. If you are submitting a paper claim by mail, only mail in the UPC or QR code and not the entire package.
Free test kits from the government
The federal government has set up this website that allows each household to order four at-home tests through the USPS at no cost.
If you need medical care
- Call before going for care. To help ensure you get the right care and limit unnecessary exposure to others, the best thing to do is call your doctor before you go. Kaiser members can call the number on the back of your ID card.
- Use telemedicine to connect with a doctor by video or phone from anywhere and avoid going to the doctor’s office.
- Anthem members: Use LiveHealth Online.
- Kaiser members: Call the number on the back of your ID card and ask about a video or phone consultation.
- Get tested if necessary. If a doctor determines you should be tested for COVID-19, the diagnostic test cost will be covered in full through Anthem or Kaiser. In addition, any necessary follow-up care for a member diagnosed with COVID-19 will be covered in full without any deductible, copay, or cost sharing.
If you’re interested in the vaccine
The news that COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out has come as a great relief to many people. But figuring out when and how you and your loved ones can get vaccinated can be confusing.
Here are some things to know about the vaccine rollout, and some resources that offer the latest information.
Distribution: The federal government is leading the effort to distribute the vaccines, and it will take many months to manufacture and ship enough vaccines to meet demand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing guidance on who should get the vaccine first.
Prioritization: Each state sets the vaccination rules for that state. They generally follow the CDC guidelines, but there are some differences, and some states are further along than others in implementing their plans. Visit your state’s vaccine website to learn about the plan where you live. Many states and counties include the option to sign up for updates or reminders when it’s your turn.
Availability: Even if you are eligible for the vaccine according to your state’s plan, it still may take a while before you can get your shot. There simply are not enough vaccine doses to go around, yet. Still, you may have more than one option, since the shots are being given by doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and public health organizations. Try looking for another source (e.g., a pharmacy, a facility in a nearby town, a One Medical location) if your first option is not immediately available.
- Anthem members can find information on the Anthem COVID-19 page or through One Medical.
- On the CVS Caremark COVID-19 site, you can check vaccine eligibility and availability—and even schedule an appointment.
- Kaiser members can learn about vaccine availability on the Kaiser COVID-19 page. Be sure to select the region where you live.
Cost: There is no cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
FAQs: Have questions about how the vaccines work, or how effective they are? Kaiser has provided quick answers to some of the most common questions. A longer list of FAQs is available from International SOS (log in with Lam member number 11BCMA000059).
Priority for essential manufacturing employees: Depending on your role, you may be designated as an essential worker in a manufacturing facility, which could mean a higher vaccine priority under your state’s plan. If you have not been notified that you qualify for this priority, and you think you are eligible, talk to your manager. You may need to bring a letter from Lam to receive your shot.
Lam workplace vaccination policies: At this time, Lam does not have any policies about whether any employees need to be vaccinated to come to the workplace. You will be notified about any policies that are adopted in the future.
Continuing to stay safe: Public health officials have consistently said that we all must continue to fight the spread of the coronavirus, even after receiving the vaccine. This means continuing to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and maintain physical distance from people outside your household.
If you’re feeling stressed
- You and your dependents will pay nothing when you tap resources and professionals through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Connect from anywhere, anytime, using Talkspace.
- Sometimes, information can help you feel less anxious. Keep up with the latest news and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Check out relaxation tips and meditations through our Live Well partner, Virgin Pulse.
If you need backup care
Need child care so you can work? With Care.com, you have access to a network of in-home and in-center care options with a low copay.
In response to COVID-19, Lam has partnered with Care.com to expand access this year:
- If a caregiver in the Care.com network is not available, you can use another provider (including a family member, friend, neighbor, or babysitter).
- The maximum number of care days has been increased from 10 to 20.
Back to “school”
Whether they’re at home or in a classroom, help your kids get the most from their learning opportunities.
If you’ll miss work
If you’re sick
If you test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, you will be eligible for pay in the following situations:
- You report to the workplace and are sent home for not passing the EH&S entry screening process (i.e., temperature check and/or health questionnaire).
- You are instructed to stay home because you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, including fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher and cough or difficulty breathing.
- You are working remotely but cannot work because you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, including fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher and cough or difficulty breathing.
To receive your pay, nonexempt employees should enter time using the usual “in and out punches” practice. Your manager can do this on your behalf if you do not have laptop or mobile app access. No additional or unique pay code is required. Exempt employees do not need to record this time.
If, during your quarantine, you develop a serious COVID-19-related illness and need to be out of work beyond the quarantine period, call TRISTAR at 844-610-1885 to initiate a leave of absence. You may qualify for benefits under your short-term disability plan.
If you’re in quarantine
If you are required to quarantine because of COVID-19 exposure or pending test results, inform your manager, and enter your work hours as you normally would. No additional or unique pay code is required.
- Nonexempt employees: Use the usual “in and out punches” practice. Your manager can do this on your behalf if you do not have laptop or mobile app access.
- Exempt employees: No further action is required after you inform your manager.
If you become sick during your quarantine, apply for disability as noted above.
If you’re caring for others
If you’re working from home
These Live Well resources can help you stay fit while you’re staying close to home.
- Virgin Pulse: Find personalized support for your well-being, guided meditations, tips for healthy living, and healthy habit challenges on Lam’s well-being platform. To get started, join Virgin Pulse, then download the Virgin Pulse app to your mobile device.
- Daily workout ideas: Visit the Live Well Yammer page for workout routines and videos that’ll get you moving.
- Virtual fitness expert: Need some extra motivation? Or a personalized, at-home workout program that’s tailored to your individual needs? To register and schedule a 1:1 appointment with a fitness pro, email the Live Well Fitness Center.
- Exercise class workout routines: Missing your regular group fitness class? Now you can receive the class workout routines by email each week. Just sign up to receive your at-home workout routine for your choice of classes:
- C27: A whole-body workout featuring a combination of cardio and compound movements broken into seven-minute intervals.
- Sculpt solutions: A head-to-toe toning routine that works every muscle in your body, using bodyweight exercises.
- Metabolic burn: Interval training, combining high repetitions with low weights, for muscular endurance training. Includes plenty of speed and agility drills.
- Kickboxing: Intervals of shadow boxing combined with high-intensity bodyweight exercises.
- Yoga: A series of breathing, stretching, and balancing exercises to increase flexibility and energy.