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Friday
Sep212018

2019 Annual Benefit Enrollment Information 

-Employee Annual Benefit Enrollment for 2019 is from October 1 through November 16, 2018.  This timeframe for enrollment is for active and retirees. Upon close of the open enrollment period any changes will only be considered in extenuating circumstances. Information can be reviewed online beginning September 24, 2018.

- The Enrollment Service Center is 1-877-722-0020 to enroll by telephone.

- To enroll from home or a personal mobile device visit www.att.com/benefitscenter.

- To enroll from work log onto the Onestop website, select the AT&T Benefits Center tile and you will be directed to the benefits center website.

- There are no monthly contribution or plan design changes to the AT&T Plans (selfinsured options HCN option 1 and 2, PPO option 1 and 2, Dental PPO and HMO, and Vision Program) for 2019.

- Medical HMO’s (HAP, Blue Care Network, Priority, etc.) are not bargained for and may have changes to monthly contributions and/or plan provisions, review them carefully.

- Review your current coverage and check your network providers to ensure they are in network. (Use the built-in plan decision tool to check providers)

- Under the Affordable Care Act, you can enroll eligible dependents in your medical program and Careplus through the month they reach age 26 (even if they’re not living with you, not a college student, married, etc.).  You can enroll them (if unmarried) in dental and vision through the end of the year they turn 23.

- Flexible Spending Account (FSA) maximum contributions increase for 2019 to $2,650 for health care FSA, and $5,000 for dependent care FSA. 

- Careplus continues to be no cost for 2019; increased coverage for hearing aids from $1,000 to $4,000 (every three years, after base medical plan deductible plan has been met). Vaccines required for international travel are now covered.

- Review and update beneficiary designations, especially if you’ve had a recent life event such as a marriage or divorce. 

- One postcard will be mailed to homes. All other materials (annual enrollment guide, enrollment materials, announcements, reminders, etc.) will be done electronically (Insider, Onestop, ebenefits, SMS Message, etc.).

Thursday
Sep062018

Flu Vaccines Now Covered Under Rx Benefit, In Addition to Medical

Audience:
Labor Relations:  All Regions

Purpose:
To provide notification of a change to coverage for flu vaccines under the AT&T prescription benefit.

Why/Rationale:
To improve convenience when obtaining a flu vaccine at an in-network retail pharmacy.

Details:
Effective August 16, 2018, all employees with prescription drug coverage administered by CVS/caremark are able to obtain, as part of their prescription drug benefit, a flu vaccine at no charge to the employee from any in-network retail pharmacy, including CVS Pharmacy.

Historically, flu vaccines have been excluded under the pharmacy benefit and, instead, covered exclusively under the medical benefit.  However, CVS retail pharmacists are not currently in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) network of medical providers, and thus, cannot provide flu vaccines under the medical benefit to members with medical coverage administered by BCBSIL.

To improve the experience for all plan participants and facilitate participant access and utilization of flu shots, including those with medical benefits administered by BCBSIL, AT&T is removing the exclusion of flu vaccines under the prescription drug benefit.

Effective August 16, 2018, members with medical benefits administered by BCBSIL may present their prescription drug ID card at any in-network retail pharmacy and obtain a flu vaccine under their prescription drug benefit.  Members with medical benefits administered by UHC, may present either their medical ID card or prescription drug ID card and obtain their flu vaccine.  To minimize the chance for confusion, members should take both their medical and prescription drug ID cards with them when they obtain a flu vaccine from an in-network retail pharmacy.

This change does not impact flu vaccines obtained in a network physician’s office or medical clinic.  These will continue to be covered under the medical benefit.  As flu vaccinations are preventive services, no coverage will be provided for flu vaccines obtained out-of-network.

All CVS/caremark network pharmacists have been notified of this change and have been informed to request the prescription drug ID card from AT&T members.

Action Required:
Informational only.

Thursday
Aug302018

General Membership Meeting 

CWA Local 4340 General Membership Meeting (Union Members Only) will be Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm.

The meeting will be held at CWA Local 4340 Union Hall, 1400 E Schaaf Rd (rear building)

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Monday
Mar262018

CWA/ATT (Legacy S) Midwest Bargaining Reports

Find all the D4 Bargaining Reports at the link below

CWA/ATT Midwest Bargaing Reports

Monday
Mar262018

CWA/ATT (Legacy T) Bargaining Updates

Thursday
Feb152018

Ohio House Telecom Dereg Bill 402

Next week a Telecom Deregulation Bill HB 402 (Revise telephone regulations) will likely be voted out of the Public Utilities Committee, and possibly voted on, at the Feb 28th full session.

This Bill will:

1) Remove service commitments on Basic Local Exchange Service (BLES).

2) Allow increases on these BLES lines, different than past rules of a $1.25 year max.

3) Includes language to make it harder to qualify for Lifeline service.

4) Removes PUCO approval for Mergers and Acquisitions of Telecoms.

 All 4 hurt our members’ employment security and Ohio consumers.

 Please ask:  Why telecom companies are getting deregulation relief freebies without promising to increase infrastructure build-out or to keep Ohio jobs?

Please call your Ohio House Rep and asked they vote NO on HB402.  

Go here to learn who your Rep is: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/

The main # at Statehouse is:  1-800-282-0253

Click here to see who members of the Public Utilities Committee are, this should be your first call: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/commi ttee/public-utilities

Please Call all PUCO Members, and ask them to vote NO on HB402 

VOTE NO ON HB 402!