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New health insurance for small businesses

Cigna, the global healthcare provider, and Oscar Health Inc. are now offering medical insurance to small businesses in eight California submarkets, including the Inland Empire.

Covered employees will have access to virtual doctor visits 24 hours a day seven days a week with no co-pay, low cost prescription medicine, behavioral health support, and Cigna’s networks of physicians, specialists and hospitals, according to a statement released this week.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, especially small businesses, in ways that no one could have imagined,” said Louis DeStefano, head of the small group business and senior vice president of growth at Oscar, in the statement.

“Cigna + Oscar provides a solution for the challenges that small businesses face by offering a variety of services that meet their employees’ health needs, and at a cost that helps make it possible to keep their doors open.”

Cigna + Oscar surveyed small businesses – between one and 100 employees – and found that nearly 90 percent of them list providing health insurance to their employee as one of their highest priorities, according to the statement.

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