Welfare and Retiree Welfare Fund Plan Changes

Effective March 18, 2020, the following changes were made to Welfare and Retiree Welfare Plans to address health care services related to testing for the COVID-19 virus and telehealth services.

COVID-19 Testing

The Active and Retiree Plans will provide coverage for diagnostic tests to detect COVID-19 that are approved or authorized by the FDA, including the administration of such tests. The Plans will also provide coverage for services furnished during provider office visits (whether in person or via telehealth), urgent care visits, and emergency room visits that result in an order for, or the administration of, the test described above, but only to the extent such items or services relate to the furnishing or administration of the test or the evaluation of whether the person needs the test. These tests and services related to the tests will be covered without any cost sharing (meaning they are not subject to a deductible, copayment or co-insurance), regardless of whether they are provided by an in-network or out-of-network provider.

Telehealth Visits

Telehealth visits will be covered the same as physician office visits.

Please call the Fund Office at (708) 562-0200 if you have questions about these changes.