Benefit & Pension Funds of Hospital & Health Care Employees, Philadelphia & VicinityBenefit & Pension Funds of Hospital & Health Care Employees, Philadelphia & Vicinity

2020 Biometric Program Update

These are particularly challenging times and the Benefit Fund wanted to delay the program start to ensure it was safe to proceed. The Board of Trustees believes the biometrics program is extremely important to the health and wellbeing of our members, so they are moving forward with the annual requirement. Both the Quest blood work and the Aetna Health Assessment are required to be completed by October 31st, 2020.  The program will run from August 1st – October 31st, 2020 and details will be mailed out soon, as well as posted on the website in the coming weeks.  If you have recently moved, now is a good time to update your mailing address with the Benefit Fund office.  Your employer doe not share updates with the Benefit Fund office so please call (215) 735-5720 to edit your information.

District 1199C Benefits & Pension Fund Moves To Phase Two, Limited Access

In accordance with the guidelines regarding the covid-19 outbreak, the benefit and pension funds will be moving to phase two of our covid-19 plan with limited access and staff at our 1319 locust Street location. If you must see a representative we suggest you call 215 552 5830 to make an appointment otherwise leaving a message on the funds phone will prompt a service rep to return your call as soon as possible.

Nutrition and Hydration: Quick Facts for COVID-19 Patients Recovering at Home

In the US, only around 12% of those infected with COVID-19 will require hospitalization.1 The remaining 88% are people who will manage their illness and recover at home. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are fever, cough, and shortness of breath; these symptoms are usually accompanied by fatigue and loss of appetite.


Pension Fund for Nursing Home & Health Care Employees – Coronavirus-Related Distribution Application

Use this form only to request a coronavirus-related distribution. For any other type of distribution, contact the Fund Office to request the appropriate form. Coronavirus-related distribution applications will only be accepted through December 21, 2020 in order to ensure distributions are made no later than December 31, 2020.

Benefit Fund Office Closed – Phone & Email Assistance Available

District 1199C Union hall will remain closed until June 4th, 2020. We will reevaluate as necessary and post any planned changes to this date.

We appreciate your understanding as we act in the best interest of all our members, staff and the community at large during this COVID- 19 pandemic. To ensure we are still able to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have, we will be working remotely to monitor all calls and emails that come into the Benefit Fund.  When leaving a message, please clearly state your name, contact number, email address and the reason for your call and we will return calls in the quickest manner we are able.  Our phone number is 215-735-5720.  If you need immediate assistance regarding your Medical, Dental or Prescription benefits, please utilize the member services phone numbers listed here and our vendor partners can assist you:


Aetna Member Services……….1-800-533-2195

Aetna Behavioral Health ……. 1-800-424-5679


(for self-referred care)


EMPIRX (prescription drug coverage)

Member Helpline………………… 1-877-241-7123


DELTACARE USA (dental network management)

Member Services……………….. 1-800-422-4234


Aetna Supporting Our Members

Will Aetna cover the cost of COVID-19 testing for members?

Aetna will waive co-pays for all diagnostic testing related to COVID-19. This policy will cover the cost of physician-ordered testing for patients who meet CDC guidelines, which can be done in any approved laboratory location. Aetna will waive the member costs associated with diagnostic testing at any authorized location for all Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business.

Aetna members have access to the following resources:

For the next 90 days, Aetna will offer zero co-pay telemedicine (video) visits – for any reason. Aetna members should use telemedicine as their first line of defense in order to limit potential exposure in physician offices. Cost sharing will be waived for all virtual visits through in-network providers delivering virtual care (live video-conferencing) for all Commercial plan designs.  Members wishing to use the CVS MinuteClinic telemedicine option will need to download the CVS Pharmacy app and schedule their Video visit through the app. ** At this time, there is no test available for COVID-19 in ambulatory care settings such as MinuteClinic.

If you suspect you have been exposed, you should reach out to your provider or the local health department for screening instructions.

Through Aetna’s Healing Better program, members who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a care package containing CVS over-the-counter medications to help relieve symptoms. The package will also include personal and household cleaning supplies to help keep others in the home protected from potential exposure.

Through existing care management programs, Aetna will proactively reach out to members most at-risk for COVID-19. Care managers will walk members through what they can do to protect themselves, where to get information on the virus, and where to go to get tested.

Beginning immediately, CVS Pharmacy will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medications. With the CDC encouraging people at higher risk for COVID-19 complications to stay at home as much as possible, this is a convenient option to avoid coming to the pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions.

Although there are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection, you may be able to reduce your risk of infection by washing your hands often, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.  If you have cold-like symptoms, as a courtesy to your co-workers and others, please remain at home while you are sick.

For more information, please log onto the following websites:

Health Care Workers’ Mental Health Guide

Doctors, nurses, paramedics and more — you’re dedicated to helping others. But what happens when the helpers need help? You’re on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And this poses a risk to both your mental and physical health.


Coping With COVID-19 Fears – We’re Here For You

It’s normal to feel worried about safety when facing an unknown threat like the COVID-19 virus. With COVID-19 in the news everyday, it’s only natural to have some anxiety. This is especially true since so much about the virus is unknown right now.


Staying Resilient Through COVID-19

Aetna Resources For Living – In challenging times, resilience or the ability to stay strong and bounce back is more important than ever. Whatever your role in your organization, you can boost resilience for yourself and those you work with. These tips can help.


Ways To Stay CALM

A useful guide from Aetna’s Resources for Living program to remind you how best to deal with the fear associated with the Coronavirus pandemic.


Managing The Stress Of Coronavirus

We’re here for you with information and support to keep yourself emotionally healthy so you can protect yourself and the people you care about. We’re here to listen. With all the news about coronavirus, it’s natural to feel a little stressed. We’re helping you get through it with these programs and resources.

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