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J.B. Asked: Can I Appeal a Disability Insurer’s Medical Review?

“I have long COVID and I recently filed a claim for disability insurance benefits through my workplace disability policy. The insurance company relied on a clinician’s review of my medical records to deny my claim. The clinician is employed by the insurance company, they never examined me in-person, and they do not specialize in a field of medicine relevant to my long COVID symptoms. Can I appeal the insurance company’s decision?”

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Biden Administration Releases Long COVID Reports to Support Patients and Researchers

On August 3, 2022, the Biden Administration announced the release of two reports on long COVID: the first report provided a summary of existing government programs that are available to support long COVID patients and the second report established a framework for future research on long COVID. These reports are the result of an executive order that President Biden issued in April, which required the federal government to undertake an inter-agency effort to address long COVID.

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Long COVID Patients Bring ERISA Lawsuits to Secure Disability Benefits

American employers have experienced troubling economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic as many of their employees have become newly disabled by long COVID. In turn, some employees with long COVID have relied on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to obtain the benefits they are entitled to under their employers’ benefit plans.

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FMLA Shields Long COVID Patients from Workplace Retaliation

The coronavirus pandemic has jeopardized the health of countless American workers and has caused many to take medical leave to following an infection with COVID-19. For some people, COVID-19 can cause severe illness, which can qualify as a serious health condition under the FMLA. Unfortunately, some employers have not respected the FMLA rights of their employees, which has resulted in several lawsuits being brought on their behalf.

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Sen. Kaine Introduces the CARE for Long COVID Act

On March 2, 2022, Sens. Kaine, Duckworth, and Markey introduced S. 3726, the Comprehensive Access to Resources and Education (CARE) for Long COVID Act. If enacted, this legislation will invigorate the federal government’s response to the growing needs of patients living with long COVID.

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Pandemic Patients Joins Long COVID Alliance Letter Supporting Research on Long COVID

On December 2, 2021, the Long COVID Alliance, joined by Pandemic Patients and a community of patient advocates, delivered a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Long COVID Alliance submitted this letter to the committee in an effort to persuade the committee to more meaningfully consider the impact of long COVID as a part of the country’s national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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U.S. House Introduces Legislation to Support Long COVID Patients

On November 17, 2021, US. Reps. DeGette (D-CO) and Upton (R-MI) introduced “21st Century Cures 2.0,” in the House of Representatives. This legislation follows-up on the original 21st Century Act with policy proposals that address public health, the needs of patients and caregivers, and regulations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Importantly, the legislation contains several provisions that support patients with long COVID, including the COVID-19 Long Haulers Act championed by Reps. Beyer (D-VA) and Bergman (R-MI).

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