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How Paid Leave works

Who qualifies as a healthcare provider?

A healthcare provider is someone licensed to practice medicine or surgery according to your state’s laws. This includes:

  • Physicians and osteopathic physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse-midwives and midwives
  • Clinical social workers
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Optometrists
  • Physical therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Dentists

How do people qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave?

For someone to qualify for Paid Leave, they or their family member must experience a “qualifying event.” From a medical perspective, this includes:

  • A major surgery, serious illness or injury
  • Giving birth to a baby or experiencing complications in pregnancy
  • Receiving treatment for a chronic health condition like diabetes or epilepsy
  • Receiving inpatient treatment for substance abuse or for mental health

A comprehensive list of qualifying events can be found here.

Do people have to take all their leave at once?

No, patients do not have to use all their leave at once. For example, someone can take one day off a week for chemotherapy treatment or to care for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. In cases like this, your role is to determine the start and end dates of your patient’s serious health condition.