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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.


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 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:

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.

Benefit Fund Newsletter – April 2020

Aetna will be providing access to a COVID-19 Toolkit for Resources for Living (RFL) to help provide additional resources through their employee assistance program. This is open to everyone and has some basic coping resources, as well as crisis phone numbers members can utilize. There are tips for managing stress, assisting your kids during this crisis and more. Please reach out for help if needed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs


Benefit Fund Newsletter – March 2020

March is National Nutrition Month: Power your day with a healthy start at breakfast.; Food for your mood: How what you eat affects your mental health.; This Month’s Recipe Spotlight Garden Vegetable Lasagna!

Benefit Fund Newsletter – February 2020

2019 Biometrics Program Update; The psychology of heart-healthy behavior; Recipe Spotlight – Turkey Sliders with Avocado,Mushrooms, and Swiss Cheese

Benefit Fund Newsletter – January 2020

Welcome to 2020! There have been some benefit changes. Stop into the office so we can answer any questions you may have. This Mont h’s Recipe Spotlight – Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

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