December 2, 2015

OSHA warns of heat illness in outdoor workers

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HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. Employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat. What is heat illness? The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high [...]

RRB: new benefit year began July 1


A new benefit year under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act began July 1, 2015. The maximum daily benefit rate payable for claims under this Act increases to $72 in the new benefit year. Benefits are normally paid for the number of days of unemployment or sickness over four in 14-day registration periods, so maximum benefits [...]

Disability insurance available to members


Updated: October 1, 2015 Although you may have missed the open enrollment period for the long-term (VLTD) and short-term disability (VSTD) plans, members can still sign up for disability insurance. Members who missed the open enrollment deadline will be subject to pre-existing condition screening, a medical exam and approval.  Additional questions should be directed to [...]

Anthem says cyberattack stole data of millions


Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, said Feb. 4 that the personal information of tens of millions of its customers and employees, including its chief executive, was the subject of a “very sophisticated external cyberattack.” The company, which is continuing its investigation into the exact scope of the attack, said hackers were able [...]

Are you as active as you should be?


Are you as active as you should be? In less than 15 minutes a day, you can do a few simple and effective strengthening exercises that may help you set some health and wellness goals. Below are some simple exercises that can be done just about anywhere, according to is your online gateway to [...]

A new year can mean a new you with Medicare

The start of a new year is the time for resolutions. Railroad retirees covered under Medicare can receive the help they need in making some of their resolutions a reality. According to, the top three New Year’s resolutions are: Lose Weight Volunteer Quit Smoking The year 2015 can be a year of change with [...]

Mental health care and Railroad Medicare coverage


Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, can come at any age and can happen to anyone. They are nothing to be ashamed of. While they can occur at any time, stressful holidays and the let-down after the holidays often make these conditions worse. With that in mind, it’s important to know that Railroad [...]

Early rail retiree insurance cap rises in 2015

SMART Transportation Division members and their dependents insured under the Railroad Employees National Early Retirement Major Medical Benefit (ERMA) Plan (GA-46000) will have their lifetime maximum amount of coverage increased, effective Jan. 1. ERMA is a comprehensive benefits plan for employees who retire at or after age 60 with 30 years of service. The plan [...]

UnitedHealthcare holds enrollment under GA-23111


During November and December 2014, UnitedHealthcare will hold an open enrollment under Group Policy GA-23111. During this period, any individual who is eligible for coverage under one of the GA-23111 plans can enroll and will be accepted for coverage without any medical underwriting or requirement of good health. There are no limitations for pre-existing conditions. [...]

Medicare Part B premiums remain the same in 2015


The standard Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $104.90 in 2015, the same amount as in 2014. Some beneficiaries will continue to pay higher premiums based on their modified adjusted gross income, but these amounts are also remaining the same as in 2014. The monthly premiums that include income-related adjustments for 2015 will be [...]