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Sign Up To Donate Blood Today!

We are running community drives throughout the month of August in Center City.

Donor incentives include:

  • Donation will be tested for the COVID Antibody
  • Free coffee and donut from DUNKIN!
  • $5 Amazon Card
  • Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma August 1-31, 2020, will receive automatic entry for a chance to win a custom State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition-themed Xbox One X console. Only 3 of these limited-edition consoles are being created. Terms and conditions apply.

Make An Appointment today online:  RedCrossBlood.org/SOD2

(use one of the following sponsor codes)

2020-Blood-Drive

Benefit Fund Newsletter – August 2020

The 2020 Biometrics program is open – deadline Oct. 31st! More details can be found here. Mailings were sent to your home address in July. If you did not
receive the mailing, please contact the Benefit Fund to ensure we have your correct address on file.

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 1199cfunds.org 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.

Benefit Fund Newsletter – July 2020

The 2020 Biometrics program will be up and running from August 1st – October 31st, 2020. We will communicate the program requirements to all members in a few weeks and information will be posted on the 1199cfunds.org website as well. Please stay tuned and share the program dates with your co-workers to ensure awareness of the program start date.

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.

Benefit Fund Newsletter – June 2020

June is Men’s Health Month. Studies show men are less likely to seek medical care for a number of reasons. Some avoid care because they feel fine. Others are nervous about an exam or what it might reveal. Some men even see medical care as a sign of weakness. But staying healthy is a sign of strength. It’s important to keep your whole health in check. Read more about Men’s Health in Father knows best: 7 lessons from dads to improve your health.

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.

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Benefit Fund Newsletter – May 2020

May is Mental Health Month – In times of crisis, it is often times difficult to find happiness in everyday life. For the next 30 days, you are challenged to try one action each day to find some happiness. Download the May Benefit Find Newsletter for calendar.

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 MEDICAL PLANS

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

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

Pre-certification……………………1-800-245-1206

(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:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.aetna.com/individuals-families/member-rights-resources/need-to-know-coronavirus.html

CDC Guideline for PPE Gear When Caring for Confirmed or Suspect COVID-19

Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when caring for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Guide to donning (putting on the gear) & doffing (taking off the gear) PPE.

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