Next Membership Meeting
Thursday, 9/29, 1:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10/19, 7:00 p.m.
and Tuesday, 11/29, 9:00 a.m.
Next Executive Board Meeting All are at 9:00 a.m.
All membership meetings are held at
Dream Lanes, 13 Atlas Ct., Madison, WI 53714,
unless otherwise stated.
Continued from THE FLASH REPORT...
Word from the Wise:
Out-of-Area HMO Coverage
by Bill Wedeward
I had a situation with GHC insurance that just finished about six months ago. I have GHC family coverage for close to 20 years.
My son is a type 1 diabetic and uses an insulin pump to manage and maintain sugar levels. He goes to school in Milwaukee – which is out of GHC coverage area.
GHC will cover medical care out-of-the-area at 100% of USUAL AND CUSTOMARY CHARGES. You must call and notify them ASAP for further necessary care – get patched up, then come back to a GHC provider.
About two years ago, Weston was ill and his roommate took him to an Aurora Health facility in Milwaukee. He got help, then went back to his room. Days later, he needed to go back. Eventually, he recovered and had no more visits.
GHC was notified and I needed to pay $75 for each appointment. Case closed.
I started receiving bills from Aurora for the two appointments totaling $4500. They filed with GHC. Six months later, GHC paid around $2000.
I figured that was a payment for one appointment and the second appointment would be paid later. I kept getting bills as I waited for the second payment. Aurora wasn’t as patient and, after a year, Aurora threatened to take us to collections.
End of Year Events
Leave year begins the first full pay period in January. This is January 9, 2016. FTR employees will have their yearly annual leave advanced. PTFs and PSEs are credited with annual leave when earned. This also resets your accumulated LWOP and your 12 weeks of FMLA protection.
Open Season runs November 9, 2015 - December 14, 2015. The Open Season includes the a) Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, b) USPS Health Benefits Program, c) Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program, and d) Flexible Spending Accounts. Go to liteblue.usps.gov for more information on plans and what is right for you and your family.
PSEs who did not sign up at their first anniversary date may enroll now. Those not yet eligible for Federal Insurance may sign up under the ACA.
Penalty Overtime Exception There is no penalty overtime during the month of December. Employees on the OTDL must still be used before non-listers are used for overtime and prior to PSEs working over 8 hours per day. PTFs and PSEs are still limited to the 12 hour work window (11.5 hours of work maximum). FTRs can work up to 12 hours on-the clock.
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