H&W Trust Fund Improves Benefits During COVID-19 National Emergency

Brothers and Sisters:

The COVID-19 National Emergency affects all of us in one way or another. We are in this fight together.

To help Arizona Pipe Trades Health and Welfare Trust Fund participants understand how the Fund is improving benefits and access to care during this time, I have attached a participant notice. This notice will be mailed to your homes next week.   DOWNLOAD NOTICE

The Fund will be covering the cost of all COVID-19 testing at 100%. The Fund will also cover all IN NETWORK office visits, urgent care visits, and emergency room visits specific to COVID-19 testing at 100%. As the attached notice indicates, please use Cigna Open Access Plus providers to protect you and our Fund from possible overcharges for these services.

The Trustees continue to review the benefits with the objective of protecting you from out of pocket expenses related to COVID-19 testing and office visits. We understand there are situations where your employer may require you to get a medical release if you show any COVID-19 symptoms or you may have come in contact with someone exposed to COVID-19.

In most cases, your physician will submit a bill to the Fund indicating this was a COVID-19 related visit. If you are eligible for benefits, the cost for that visit will be reimbursed at 100%. In some situations, your physician may not indicate the office visit was COVID-19 related. The Trustees have revised the Fund to cover these employer required visits and any testing associated with the visit at 100% as well. This will not always work as smoothly as we would like. There will be times when the physician may not indicate this is a COVID-19 related visit. When that happens, the Fund Office will work with you and your employer and make sure this is covered at 100%.

This is a very fluid situation and we are monitoring it on a daily basis. The Trustees have scheduled a meeting again next week. We will be discussing additional COVID-19 legislation that is being considered this week.

Thank you for your help during these challenging times.

Fraternally,
Aaron Butler
Business Manager
U.A. Local Union #469

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