Welfare Notes - April 2010

April, 2010

Health Care Reform Legislation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which were recently signed into law by President Obama, are currently being reviewed by the SUP Welfare Plan’s legal counsel. As information pertaining to the legislation’s effect on the SUP Welfare Plan becomes known, Plan participants will be advised in these Welfare Plan Notes and in mailings as appropriate.

Active Participants’ Eligibility and Enrollment

Please be sure to check with the SUP Welfare Plan if you have any questions about your eligibility or enrollment in a Medical or Dental Plan. The plans available to you are dependent upon your residence and your home port. Be sure to take the time to enroll in a plan once you become eligible to give yourself the best options to deal with unexpected illnesses, injuries, or dental emergencies. Also keep us informed of address changes and dependent changes. Check your wallet to make sure you have an ID card for your medical and dental plans.

Special Pensioners Medical Benefit

This benefit allows up to a maximum of $4,000 in benefit payments for pensioners and their spouses per benefit year. Benefit payments are further capped according to category of expense as follows:

Medical Premiums: The Plan will pay up to $2,500 per benefit year
Prescription Drugs: The Plan will pay up to $1,000 per benefit year
All Other Expenses (Medical/dental/vision): The Plan will pay up to $500 per benefit year

The benefit year extends from August 1 through July 31.

Michelle Chang, Administrator  
Patty Martin  
Virginia Briggs, Claims   
Michael Jacyna, Eligibility