Welfare Notes - October 2007

October, 2007

Reimbursement for Expenses

Invoices that state “This is not a bill” and proposed treatment plans are not adequate proof of loss for reimbursement under the Pensioner’s Annual Allowance.  Please submit itemized bills that include the name of the patient, the name and address of the provider of services, charges, and the dates of service.  Medicare explanations of benefits and itemized prescription bills with the above information are also acceptable.

Auditors have advised the Plan office that itemized receipts submitted for reimbursement must be original receipts.  If you are unable to submit the original bills, please contact the Plan office at 1-800-796-8003.

Medical claims submitted under the Direct Payment Plan must include the above information and the diagnosis.

Timely Filing of Claims

REMINDER: Reimbursement for co-payments and other eligible medical, dental, vision, or prescription charges must be submitted to the Plan office within 90 days of the dates of service. This time limit for filing claims includes eligible expenses for active employees and pensioners covered under the pensioners’ annual allowance.

Medicare Part B Premium Increase

The standard Medicare Part B premium will go up from $93.50 to $96.40 starting in January 2008.  The Medicare Part B premium amount is reimbursed to pensioners on their pension check and deducted from their Pensioners’ Annual Allowance.

E-mail Addresses

You can e-mail questions to the SUP Welfare Plan at the following e-mail addresses.  To protect your privacy do not include your social security number or other sensitive personal information in your e-mails.

Michelle Chang, Administrator: mcsupsiupd@sbcglobal.net
Patty Martin: martinpatty59@sbcglobal.net
Virginia Briggs, Claims: vbriggs80@sbcglobal.net
Michael Jacyna, Eligibility: mjacyna67@sbcglobal.net