April 2018 Welfare Notes

April, 2018

Dependent Coverage
Dependents must be added to your health plan enrollment within 30 days of acquiring the dependent by marriage, birth, or adoption. Dependents who are not added within 30 days of becoming dependents can only be added during the Plan’s open enrollment period. An exception is made for dependents who lose their coverage through another plan, such as a spouse losing coverage through their employer.

Contact the Plan Office for enrollment forms to add your dependents. We will also need a copy of the marriage certificate to add your spouse and birth certificates to add children. Do not delay the enrollment for children if you do not have a birth certificate. Complete the enrollment form and attach a note that you will forward the birth certificate and social security number when you have the information. 
If you need help completing forms, please contact the SUP Welfare Plan office and respond to mail, e-mail, or telephone inquiries from the SUP Welfare Plan office that are needed to complete enrollments. 

Also, check to make sure you have ID cards for your Plan coverage. Most medical plans have individual ID cards for all covered Members and dependents. Many of the dental plans issue only one ID card for the family, but do have all enrolled dependents listed in their records. 

Reimbursement for Vision Care
The vision care benefit for active participants is allowed once in a 24-month period. The $200.00 maximum includes the exam and glasses. The cost of tints is not included in the reimbursable amount. The vision benefit is for members only and does not include dependents. An itemized bill must be submitted to the Plan office within 90 days of the service. The bill must include the provider’s name and address, the patient’s name, date of service, and an itemization of the charges. 
The vision care allowance for pensioners is included in the $1,000.00 maximum of the Pensioners Annual Allowance for medical, dental, and vision co-payments. Glasses are an allowable expense once in a fiscal year.