Health and Welfare News
As we enter the New Year of 2018 the H & W Fund Office would like to wish all members and their families a happy and healthy New Year. We have some updates to share with everyone including but not limited to, recent retirees from the past years. We also will include some names of some of our members whom have passed away in recent times.
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Retired as of 2016
Retired as of 2017
Photos of recently Retired Members
Deceased members as of 2017
There have been improvements to the Health and Welfare plans which we will also summarize. The Trustees and fund office staff strive to provide benefits that fit the member’s needs. In this ever-changing world in which we live it can sometimes be a struggle to be aware of best practices in the Health and Welfare environment. The following is some news we would like to share.
The Wellness Center located in the Mokena Training Facility has been well received and utilized by our members and families. We our happy to announce that Physical Therapy is now also available in the Mokena Facility. The PT space is located directly across the hall from the Wellness Center. Most of us have needed PT at some stage of our career, and I can tell you that this facility is by far the Cadillac of PT facilities. If this location is convenient for you I would suggest using this and I’m sure you will be pleased with your experience.
We also will be opening a Wellness Center in the new Training Facility that is being built in Northwest Indiana. The accommodations should be available to our members and dependents by late spring or early summer of 2018. Please remember that by using these facilities you will have NO out of pocket expenses. You will also be saving the H&W plan money which in turn will allow the Trustees to make further improvements to the plan.
Please be sure to call the Wellness Center at 708.326.6270 for an appointment before heading over. They can almost always get you in same day, but if you call ahead they will schedule you for an appointment, so you know when you will be seen without waiting too long. The last thing you want to do when you aren't feeling well is sit in a waiting room waiting for the next available appointment.
Retiree Vision and Dental Option
As of January 1st, 2018, the plan has been improved to allow all current and future retirees, that are covered by the medical plan, to elect to participate in the retiree Vision and Dental Plan.
If you are a retiree and are eligible for your Retiree HRA this plan will continue as it has in the past.
As of June 2017, the employers have been contributing .50 cents per hour worked into you HRA account. This money can be used for any reimbursement of out of pocket expense you might have incurred for you or your dependents. These out of pocket expenses must meet the requirements to be eligible for reimbursements.
If you have an active member HRA account your balance is now available to be viewed on the Fund Office Dashboard, and soon you will be able to submit claims through the Dashboard as well.
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The first Retirement Seminar of 2018 will be held on April 21st at the Mokena Training Center. Please contact the Fund Office to make a reservation. We hold these twice a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
We have been in discussion with our plan professionals about starting some 401(k) seminars. The seminars would target different groups of participants. One group would be members that have recently completed their apprenticeship program, another would be a group in mid-career, and finally a group nearing the end of their career. These seminars would be educational sessions not necessarily financial planning. We need some feedback to measure the interest from you the member and dependents.
Michael P. Maloney
President Local 597