May 30, 2015

Affordable Care Act eliminates many copays


UTU members with questions on how the Affordable Care Act will affect them and their families should visit the websites of their health care insurance carriers. For UTU members covered under the national railroad medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits plans, links to your health insurance providers’ websites can be found at [...]

One-stop web address for rail health care info


Railroad employees and/or their eligible dependents covered under the national railroad medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits plans may now find information about those benefits on a single web page. The Railroad Information Depot webpage address is  Note that this web site pertains only to the nationally negotiated railroad health and welfare plans. If you [...]

Healthier lifestyle, longer life a mouse click away


Small can be big – especially when “small” is small lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, more exercise, a reduction in alcohol consumption, and kicking a tobacco habit. Such lifestyle changes, say health care experts, may lead to “big” health improvements and a happier you. Americans spend more on health care than in any other industrialized [...]

Medco now Express Scripts; no changes foreseen

Many UTU members obtain their prescription drugs through Medco, which has been acquired by Express Scripts following Federal Trade Commission approval of the corporate combination. Notwithstanding the acquisition by Express Scripts of Medco, UTU members receiving mail order prescriptions through Medco will continue ordering and receiving their medications as they have in the past, without [...]

Childhood obesity cause for concern


The incidence of childhood obesity has more than tripled over the past 30 years, according to data developed by UnitedHealthcare. Since 1980, the incidence of childhood obesity in children between 6 and 11 years old has jumped from 7 percent to 20 percent; and among children 12-19 years old, the incidence of obesity has ballooned [...]

There’s a mobile ‘app’ for rail health care info


There is now a smartphone “app” for UTU members covered under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan or the National Railway Carriers and UTU Health and Welfare Plan. The  mobile“app” is available for users of iPhone, Blackberry and Droid platforms, and the “app” will link to Aetna, Highmark BCBS, United Health Care and [...]

Vision plan assistance for tornado victims

VSP Vision Care is working to fulfill the eye care needs of those directly affected by recent tornadoes throughout the Midwest. * Any VSP member who has lost or broken their eyewear due to the tornadoes may call the VSP member services support line at (800) 877-7195 to have their VSP benefits reinstated regardless of [...]

Eye exams can detect vision-robbing glaucoma


For transportation workers, our eyes are among the most important tools of our trade. Lose your eyesight and you lose your livelihood. That’s why every transportation worker should be aware that an eye disease called glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting more than three million Americans. Glaucoma often is called a “sneak [...]

Health care tax benefit for Mass. rail members

UTU members in Massachusetts covered under the National Rail Contract and other UTU plans will not face a tax penalty for the 2011 state tax year for dependent child maternity benefits. The Massachusetts state legislature had mandated coverage of dependent child maternity benefits. But because the collectively bargained National Rail Contract does not include this [...]

Diabetes: Know the symptoms


Almost 26 million Americans suffer with diabetes. Shockingly, another 79 million have pre-diabetes, and many are not even aware they have the disease. It is estimated that by the year 2050, one-in-three American adults will have diabetes unless serious steps are taken to stop or prevent it.  Diabetes often goes unnoticed and, therefore, untreated because [...]