The Health Plan will be closed on Monday, January 17, we will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This federal holiday is an official day of service. APWU Health Plan employees typically spend this day in completing a service project that matches their interests, time and abilities. This year, the Health Plan will donate funds to two local charities in honor of the holiday.
Contact our Open Season hotline for questions about our plans. Open Season is November 08 through December 13, 2021. Make changes to your health insurance before it is too late! Find out how to make your health insurance change by visiting the Office of Personnel Management website at https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/open-season/
The annual federal benefits open season is scheduled to take place from November 08 through December 13,2021. More information about the open season will be published on the Office of Personnel Management website https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/open-season/ as it becomes available.
The following changes apply to APWU Health Plan members who live in Louisiana, Mississippi, or the following counties in Alabama: Baldwin, Bibb, Choctaw, Clarke, Colbert, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marengo, Marion, Mobile, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, and Winston.
High Option and Consumer Driven Option members
APWU Health Plan will:
Relax plan requirements to assist you with care received 8/29 – 9/30/2021.
Waive refill “too soon” limitations on supplies and medications for members who are unable to use the mail order service for refills or experience lost or destroyed medications.
For care received 8/29 – 9/30/2021, APWU Health Plan will provide the following:
Access to care: Members who have been displaced from their homes or whose network provider or medical facility is inaccessible can access care anywhere, as needed, and it will be covered at the in-network benefit level.
Prescription medications: Members who need help obtaining early prescription refills may work with a pharmacy that can obtain an override on their behalf, or they can contact the Customer Care number on the back of their ID card. For mail-order delivery service to affected areas or any other questions related to prescriptions, members can contact the pharmacy number on the back of their ID card and discuss their situation for help obtaining a local supply, if necessary, and more.
For additional assistance: Members can call the Customer Care number on the back of their medical ID card if they need additional assistance. If they have misplaced their medical ID card, call 1-866-633-2446, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (in the local time zone), Monday – Friday, or visit uhcretiree.com to request a new ID card and print a temporary ID card to use until the new card arrives.
Emotional support for all
Optum offers a free emotional support help line for affected individuals.
When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster? Not immediately. The goal is for people to start receiving a COVID-19 booster shot beginning in the fall, with individuals being eligible starting 8 months after they received their second dose of an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). This is subject to authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). FDA is conducting an independent evaluation to determine the safety and effectiveness of a booster dose of the mRNA vaccines. ACIP will decide whether to issue a booster dose recommendation based on a thorough review of the evidence.
If we need a booster dose, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working? No. COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, with the Delta variant, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. For that reason, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for a booster shot so vaccinated people maintain protection over the coming months.
It was wonderful to represent the Health Plan at the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia Tri-State American Postal Worker’s Conference. The conference was held from May 13 through May 16, 2021. The conference was attended by over 150 people.
The APWU Health Plan setup temperature monitoring stations for the conference attendees. The infrared thermometers allowed attendees to regularly check on their health before participating in the conference. These monitoring stations were a great success. Thank you to North Carolina Council President Tony D. McKinnon Sr. and the host local for doing a fantastic job, making the environment safe and comfortable for all those in attendance.
The Health Plan will offer temperature monitoring at two more upcoming events the Denver Regional APWU Conference scheduled from June 03 through June 06, 2021 and the National President’s Conference from June05 through June 07, 2021.
Congratulations on your marriage! You have 60 days from your marriage date to add your spouse to your insurance policy. If you miss this deadline you have to wait to add them until the next insuranceOpen Season or until another qualifying life event allows you to make a change.
You will need to submit proof of your marriage to your payroll office. Typically they require the marriage certificate, along with the enrollment forms. They require this proof to confirm that your spouse is eligible to be on your plan and that you are allowed to make a change to your insurance outside the normal time frame.
Your payroll office will process the insurance enrollment form, change your premium withholding, and notify the health plan of the change. Once the paperwork is processed you will receive a letter or a digital onscreen confirmation of the date that your spouse’s coverage will start.