Welfare Notes - November 2004

November, 2004

Flu Season
Because of the shortage of flu vaccine, many people who normally get vaccinated were unable to do so this year.  The CDC has suggestions for maintaining your health during the flu season.

 To help prevent the flu: avoid close contact with those who are sick, if you become sick stay home if possible, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you get the flu, you should: rest, drink plenty of fluids, avoid using tobacco or alcohol, limit your contact with others, wash your hands frequently, and take medication to relieve symptoms of flu, but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu like symptoms before checking with your doctor.

Active participants who lose their eligibility because of lack of sea time must re-enroll in their medical and dental plan choices once they become eligible again.

Initial enrollments for spouses and dependent children require the completion of enrollment forms and copies of marriage certificates and copies of birth certificates.

Please contact the plan office for enrollment forms or any questions regarding your coverage.

When submitting claims to the SUP Welfare Plan for reimbursement of your expenses, please be sure the information includes the patient’s name, date of services, type of service, and charge.  Inadequate information may delay the payment to you.  If you have questions whether or not an expense is eligible for reimbursement to you, please contact the plan office.