HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS

Important Information About Your DC 37 Health & Security Plan Benefits During COVID-19

March 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

YOUR OPTUMRx PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT (All Active and Non-Medicare, Pre-65 Eligible Participants) Refill Too Soon. Effective immediately, in consideration of the COVID-19 situation, the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and OptumRx has agreed to immediately lift the “Refill Too Soon” restriction on covered drugs until further notice. Drugs with significant abuse potential (i.e. opioids) or those that are generally dosed for finite durations or intermittently (i.e. hepatitis or fertility treatments) as identified by OptumRx will follow the normal process for renewals. Prior Authorizations Extended. OptumRx has also agreed to extend Prior Authorizations (PAs) for member medications that are set to expire on or before May 1, 2020. This policy went into effect March 18, 2020.  For chronic condition medications, OptumRx will extend PAs for an additional 90 days past May 1, [More...]

DC 37 Contact Numbers

March 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT: DC 37 COVID-19 INFORMATION DC 37 contact numbers DC 37 Hotline 212.815.7555 DC 37 Safety and Health 212.815.1685 Health and Security Plan Inquiry Unit 212.815.1234 H&S TTY (Teletypewriter) 212.815.1266 H&S Info for Retirees Toll-Free 1.877.323.7738 outside of NY/NJ/CT Personal Service Unit 212-815-1250  Education Fund 212.815.1700 Municipal Employees Legal Services 212.815.1111   DC 37 Divisions DC 37 Non-Profit and Private Sector Division 212.219.0022 DC 37 Blue Collar Division 212.815.1010 DC 37 Clerical-Administrative Division 212.815.1020 DC 37 Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals Division 212.815.1030 DC 37 Professional Division 212.815.1040 DC 37 Schools Division 212.815.1050 DC 37 White Collar Division 212.815.1060 Retirees Association 212.815.1781 DC 37 Locals Local 95 Head Start Employees 212.219.0022 Local 107 National Membership and Fundraising [More...]

Important Information About Your Prescription Drug Benefits UPDATED

March 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT IN FORMATION REGARDING YOUR OPTUMRx PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT! All Active and Non-Medicare Eligible Participants COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our Participants during this crisis, the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and OptumRx has agreed to immediately lift the “Refill Too Soon” restriction on covered drugs until further notice. IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR AETNA PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT OFFERED BY SILVERSCRIPT! Medicare Eligible Retirees COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our retirees during this crisis the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and Silverscript has agreed to lift all restrictions on covered drugs for the [More...]

MELS Highlights Income Tax Changes

February 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

MELS, the DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services, held a tax workshop in January providing advice for members and retirees about significant changes in the tax law. These changes will impact those filing their 2019 tax returns, due on April 15. Here are the highlights: The standard deduction has increased. For those filing Single, and Married Filing Separately, the deduction is $12,200, while for couples filing Married, Jointly, the deduction is $24,400, and for those filing as Head of Household, the deduction is $18,350. For divorces after Dec. 31, 2018, alimony received is not taxable, nor is it deductible by the person paying. The child tax credit for dependent children under 17 has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000 per child. There is a new form, 1040 SR, for seniors over 65. The penalty for not having health insurance has been abolished. Also new for 2018 and 2019, the maximum [More...]

New Hep C Treatment Program Available at NYC Health + Hospitals

December 4, 2019 // 1 Comment

By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 members suffering with Hepatitis C are now eligible to participate in a pilot program designed to effectively treat the disease and reduce the exorbitant cost of current prescription medications. The new treatment regimen, devised by NYC Health+Hospitals in collaboration with the DC 37 Health & Security Plan, is available to members and dependents under 65 who are covered by the union’s prescription drug benefit, which is administered by OptumRx. The NYC Health+Hospitals program, which typically lasts between 8-to-24 weeks, is designed to encourage patients to stick with its regimen of medication and other parts of the treatment. Participants are assigned Patient Navigators to guide them through the process. To date, 15 members have signed up for the program. The latest Hepatitis C drugs have a 90% percent cure rate of the illness, but are outrageously [More...]

Welcome to DC 37

November 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

At Meetings Around the City, Public Service Workers Are Signing Up With the Union By GREGORY N, HEIRES DC 37 continues to sign up new members under our Leading the Way campaign to promote the benefits of union membership and encourage rank-and-file participation. Last month, DC 37 held five meetings with mid-level city employees whose misclassified job titles had kept them out of the union during the Bloomberg administration but are now eligible to join or re-join. A sixth meeting was also held in November for City University of New York employees, who recently won a new contract. Union Offers Job Security Many workers who signed union membership cards at the meetings indicated that job security was their top reason for joining. Monifa Thomas, a 20-year city employee who is now a senior project manager at the Administration for Children’s Services, described job security as “an [More...]

DC 37 Welcomes Members In New Union-Represented Titles (Open House on Nov. 8)

October 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Recently, DC 37 and the city agreed that the union will represent more than 900 public workers serving in positions categorized as managerial and not covered by the New York City collective bargaining Law. If you are one of the 900 workers whose job was reclassified as a new administrative title represented by the union, please join DC 37 for an open house. A meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the New York City Dept. of Small Business Services, on the 7th floor, 110 Williams St., in Lower Manhattan. You will learn about the benefit of being part of our union family and find out how DC 37 helps our members at the bargaining table and lobbying at City Hall and in Albany for adequate funding for public services for those most vulnerable in our communities. Find out how our union negotiates for decent wages, paid family leave, overtime, union [More...]

City Unveils Improvements to the HIP HMO Health-Care Plan

October 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 has worked closely with the city and EmblemHealth to create a new model for employee-based health and wellness coverage. EmblemHealth’s new reimagined City of New York HMO Plan aims to offer a health care experience with affordable pricing and ease of use for city workers and their families. One of the enhancements is the new Centers of Excellence program with ties to Hospital for Special Surgery, the top-ranked orthopedic hospital in the nation, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the country’s leading cancer centers. This program will begin on Jan. 1, 2019 for HIP HMO members. Health Coaching Participants in the HMO plan will continue to have access to all of their preventive and specialist benefits. They will be able to coordinate their care and appointments, receive personalized health coaching and care management, and access to the [More...]

98 Percent Vote ‘Yes’ on Contract

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 members voted overwhelmingly for a contract that provides for a total wage increase of 7.42 percent and preserves their premium-free health-care coverage with no givebacks. Members voted 31,133 in favor and 743 against the contract, an approval rating of 97.6 percent. The mail-ballot vote was tabulated on Aug. 14 at the American Arbitration Association’s office in downtown Manhattan. “Our members have spoken loudly and clearly in favor of a new 44-month economic agreement, which provides for a total pay hike of 7.42 percent, substantial funding for benefits, a new paid family leave plan, and a continuation of premium-free health insurance until at least 2021,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “The 98 percent yes vote was a powerful display of union solidarity.” The contract includes a new paid family leave benefit, which a growing number [More...]

Don’t Like Your Health Plan? October is the Time to Switch

October 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES If you wish to change your health-care plan, now is the time to act. The city’s annual health-care “reopener” runs from Oct. 2 to Oct. 31. For city employees who change plans, coverage is effective on the date of their first paycheck in 2018. Retirees can only change their plan in even-numbered years. But they are allowed to change plans in an odd-numbered year if they exercise a one-time exception to that rule. Retiree alert! Beware of aggressive marketing During the annual open enrollment period, retirees are inundated with material from insurance companies and other groups that administer Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplemental plans. Edward W. Hysyk, executive vice president of the DC 37 Retirees Association, urged retirees to sit tight and be very cautious about changing their plan. “The health-care coverage we receive from DC 37 [More...]