Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 4:41 p.m.

Information Regarding Illness and Health Care

  • Does Wesleyan’s Cigna health plan cover testing and treatment of COVID-19?

    Wesleyan has included testing (including antibody testing) for COVID-19 as a preventive benefit, when doctor-recommended, therefore, it will be covered in full (waiving co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance). This benefit will cover the test kit for patients who meet CDC guidelines for testing and who receive the testing at an authorized LabCorp or Quest location. Please note that although prior authorization is not required, a health care provider must order the test, so please contact your primary care provider, an urgent care center, or either of Cigna’s telemedicine providers if you believe you have contracted the illness to arrange for testing. You will not be able to receive testing if you go to LabCorp or Quest without a doctor’s order for the test.  

    Wesleyan will cover COVID-19 treatment with no cost to covered members through June 30, 2021, in all three of our health plans including the High Deductible Plan.   At that time, coverage will revert to the same diagnostic coverage as other health conditions.

    Please refer to the Human Resources health benefits for plan details.

  • What other benefit changes are allowed due to the pandemic?

    If you have had a qualifying life status event due to a HIPAA special enrollment event, the 30 day deadline to notify Wesleyan has been extended to 60 days past the lifting of the national emergency declaration.  Those events that qualify as a special enrollment are:

     Loss of eligibility for other coverage - Employees and dependents who decline coverage due to other health coverage and then lose eligibility or employer contributions have special enrollment rights. For example, an employee who turns down health benefits for herself and her family because the family already has coverage through her spouse's plan can request special enrollment for her family in Wesleyan’s plan.

      Certain life events - Employees, spouses, and new dependents are permitted to special enroll because of marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption.

    Proof of the qualifying event is required, as well as a completed enrollment form.

    Extra time is also being given for participants and their dependents to meet certain deadlines affecting COBRA continuation coverage, filing claims for benefits, appeals of denied claims, and external review of certain claims.  Please contact benefits@wesleyan.edu with any questions regarding these extended deadlines.

Information about Taking Leave

Information about Student Workers

  • What is happening with student workers who are no longer on campus?

    Departments that had employed students may continue to do so if the nature of the work lends itself to remote work and you can adequately supervise the student employees while remote.

    Please submit time for your student employees only to the extent the time has been actually worked.

    For students that had received work-study awards as part of their financial aid package, if they are unable to continue their jobs remotely, they will continue to receive a weekly payment calculated as the average weekly earnings they earned during the spring semester. These payments will continue for the remainder of the semester or until the student has met the maximum allocations in their financial aid award.

Information about Retirement Accounts and Finances