Benefits Update January 2013
1. Social Security Disability
A reminder to those flight attendants who have qualified and are currently on
Social Security Disability. You must send a copy of your 2013 Social Security
award letter to Rick Carpenter at In-flight Administration in Phoenix to remain
on the system seniority list. There is an April 1, 2013 deadline to submit the letter. You may block out the award
amount you are receiving. Inflight Administration must be informed that you
are approved for Social Security Disability. This is an annual requirement. Failure to do so by the deadline will result in your removal from the Flight
Attendant System Seniority list.
4000 Sky Harbor BLVD.
Phoenix, Arizona, 85034
2. Short Term Disability Option
Materials explaining the new optional Short Term Disability Plan are being
finalized. Once completed, this information will be sent to all flight
attendants at their home address. The mailing should occur during the first
quarter of 2013 with an enrollment period to follow.
3. Compression Stockings and Durable Medical Equipment
Recently the National Blue Cross Blue Shield organization changed their policy
for ordering Durable Medical Equipment (DME). The new policy requires you order
DME from a supplier in the state where you reside. United Health Care does not
have this policy.
This new policy means that flight attendants who purchase an item such as
compression stockings (DME), must purchase them from a provider in the state
where you live. This change is for those flight attendants that have Blue Cross
Blue Shield as your health insurance provider. In this case, although both
health insurance companies allow for DME purchase of compression stockings, the
provider ordering requirements are different.
4. Providers Losing a Contract
Occasionally a Provider may lose their contract with either United Health Care
or Blue Cross Blue Shield. This is strictly an issue between the provider
(hospital, clinic, etc.) and the insurance carrier. Usually this occurs during
contract negotiations when discussing reimbursement amounts. Sometimes a
provider may request a higher reimbursement amount for providing a service than
other providers in the area. The insurance company may disagree with the
increase and refuse to renew the contract once the provider’s contract expires.
The provider then becomes an out of network provider. You can still go to that
provider for care, but you will pay higher deductibles and out of pocket
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