URGENT: ACTION REQUIRED TO CONTINUE HEALTH COVERAGE AFTER MAY 31, 2021

5 May 2021

 

YOU MUST TAKE PROMPT ACTION OR YOUR HEALTH COVERAGE FROM THE IATSE NATIONAL HEALTH & WELFARE FUND WILL END ON MAY 31, 2021*

 

CHANGE TO HEALTH FUND “RELIEF” AS OF MAY 31, 2021: The vast majority of Fund participants are likely eligible for the recent 100% COBRA subsidy provided by the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). This eligibility will allow continuation of the same medical benefits at no-cost.  Accordingly, in order to preserve the Fund’s assets for participants, the Board of Trustees has decided that the Fund-provided “relief” that allowed you and your family members to continue your health coverage under Plan A or Plan C throughout the COVID-19 pandemic will end as of May 31, 2021.  Continuing the relief from the Health Fund would be extremely costly to the Fund and would mean less assets available for benefits in the future.

 

  • This means that your active coverage will end on May 31, 2021.*

 

  • However, you may elect no-cost COBRA coverage starting on June 1, 2021 (for up to 4 months from June through September 2021, in accordance with ARP), if you meet the ARP requirements.

 

*    Health Claims Will Still Be Paid for a Temporary Period After May 31, 2021In order to allow you time to submit your COBRA Election Form and request for no-cost COBRA if you are eligible, the Fund will continue to cover health care claims in accordance with the terms of the Plan (including COBRA coordination rules) during the 60-day election period (described below). Note that only health care claims (hospital, medical, prescription drug, and dental and optical, if applicable) will be covered after May 31.  Life insurance benefits and any short-term disability benefits (for Plan A participants) will end on May 31, 2021, when active coverage ends.

To continue your current Plan coverage as of June 1, you MUST return to the Fund, by the deadline described below:

 

  • a completed COBRA Election Form and

 

  • a completed request for no-cost COBRA coverage if you are eligible.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR NO-COST COBRA: You are eligible for the no-cost COBRA coverage if you:

  • Lose coverage from the Health Fund due to reduced hours or involuntary termination of employment, and

 

  • Are not eligible for coverage from either (1) another group health plan (a plan sponsored by an employer or union), including coverage through your spouse, or (2) Medicare.

 

DEADLINE TO ELECT NO-COST COBRAYou must return both your completed COBRA Election Form and “Request for Treatment as an Assistance Eligible Individual” Form within 60 days of the date on the COBRA Election Notice that the Fund mails to you.  If you are electing COBRA without the premium assistance (because you are not eligible for the assistance), you will have a longer period to elect COBRA, as described in the COBRA Election Notice.  If you do not submit your COBRA Election Form and form requesting no-cost COBRA by the deadline, your health coverage will end on May 31, 2021 and you may be responsible for any claims incurred after that date.

HOW TO ELECT NO-COST COBRA: Click the button below to go to the Funds’ website to read the notices and view the required election forms, which you should return to the Fund as soon as possible to avoid potential disruptions in coverage.

 

 

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The fastest way to complete the required election forms is to log onto the Funds’ website and fill them out directly on the site.  If you prefer, you can download the required forms and email them to the Fund at cobra@iatsenbf.org, or return them by mail. You will find instructions on the website for submitting your forms, and detailed information about eligibility for the no-cost COBRA coverage for you and your covered family members.  Please make sure to include your name and participant ID number on your election forms for faster processing. The Fund also will be sending all of the notices and forms by regular mail.

For both Plan A and Plan C Participants: The Board of Trustees will evaluate the return to work scenarios and may consider additional relief after the federal 100% COBRA subsidy period ends.

 

Please contact the Fund Office if you have questions. You can reach us by phone at 800-456 FUND (3863), by email at psc@iatsenbf.org, or by mail at IATSE National Benefit Funds Office, 417 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016-2204.