Lidl US announced this week it was hiring up to 1,000 temporary employees for a minimum of two months to help meet the needs of consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those employees without health insurance are immediately eligible for medical benefits covering testing and treatment related to the coronavirus at no cost.
The policy was created with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Current Lidl US employees enrolled in company insurance plans will automatically receive the enhanced medical benefits package, which waives copayments, coinsurance and deductibles and includes virtual visits through the CareFirst Video Visit platform. There will be no waiting time to receive the insurance.
“Every day, our number one priority is the health and safety of our customers and our team, and that is our primary focus during this public health emergency,” said Lidl US Chairman Roman Heini. “The new positions announced today will help us better meet the unprecedented needs of our customers. We are working hard to serve them and protect the health of our employees who are playing a critical role.”
In October 2019, Lidl US announced that it will provide medical benefits for all full and part-time employees, regardless of the number of hours they work per week. Since rolling out the initiative, more than 1,200 employees working part-time have become eligible to buy into medical coverage through the company. Part-time employees also currently receive dental, vision, life insurance and 401(k) benefits.