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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.

Monday
Mar262018

CWA/ATT (Legacy S) Midwest Bargaining Reports

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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!

Thursday
Dec212017

Bonus is nice. Job Security, even better!

To CWA Members:

 AT&T has announced a $1000 bonus to all employees because of the GOP tax plan. Our reply:  

 You can’t buy our approval.

 The bonus you are touting is the blood money from those you announced termination to 10 days before Christmas. The mass emails you send to the hard working employees of this Company thanking them for their dedication and sacrifice are a mockery.    No amount of praise will numb the damage done to our Brothers and Sisters as they spend the Holidays desperately trying to plan how they will continue to provide for their families.

 Do the right thing.

Cancel the planned 1st quarter surplus at AT&T.  Take these tax breaks that you are lavishing praise on and use them to train our Members for the work that is to come. Let your words and your actions speak in unison. The 7000 hard hat jobs you promised can start with not sending over 1800 to the unemployment line come January 2018.

Show the nation that these tax cuts truly will benefit the working families of America.  We are waiting for you to do the right thing.

In Solidarity,

CWA State Council of Ohio

 

P.S. This "bonus" is a perfect addition for members to add to their strike funds.

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