December 20, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]

Early rail retiree insurance cap raised

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UTU 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 covers qualified [...]

It’s time for flu and pneumonia vaccines

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The head-cold and flu season is upon us, making it time to lower your risk of disease and illness by receiving a flu shot and pneumonia vaccine – and if you or your spouse is covered by Medicare, you won’t bear the cost and do not require a doctor’s referral. The flu shot is an [...]

Medicare Part B premium will rise in 2012

The Medicare Part B premium will rise by $3.50 monthly to $99.90 monthly beginning Jan. 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This is the first increase in the Part B premium in two years. For Medicare participants who first enrolled in 2010 and 2011, and have been paying as much as $115.40 monthly, [...]