Welfare Notes - January 2013

January, 2013

Medicare Part A and Part B

The monthly premium for Medicare Part B has increased to $104.90 for most participants. Medicare Part B covers outpatient services including doctor visits, lab, and x-rays. The Part B deductible has also been raised to $147.00.

The Medicare Part A deductible has been raised to $1,184.00. The Part A deductible is charged for inpatient hospitalization.

Social Security is moving towards phasing out paper social security checks and moving towards electronic direct deposit or a
prepaid debit card. You can call 1-800-333-1795 to sign up for direct deposit or get more information.

COBRA Notices

COBRA notices are mailed to active Members when your coverage terminates because of insufficient work time to continue
your coverage, retirement, and requesting distribution of your Money Purchase Pension Plan or 401 (k) Plan. Please call the
SUP Welfare Plan office if you receive a COBRA notice and have any questions.

If you are Unfit For Duty, documentation of your Unfit For Duty status must be mailed or faxed the SUP Welfare Plan office.
If you are injured at work your employer will not automatically forward Unfit For Duty information to the Plan office. Doctors'
offices also will not forward the information unless you request them to do so. Because of privacy laws doctors will not release
information to the Plan office if we generate the request.

The proper documentation of Unfit for Duty conditions is needed to continue your coverage and prevent breaks in service that
may affect your pension.

Please also keep the Plan office informed of address changes and your current phone number so we can keep you informed.

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