August 29, 2016

Healthcare open enrollment online until Nov. 1

Railroad employees covered under National Railway Carriers/UTU Health and Welfare Plan or the Railroad Employees’ National Health and Welfare Plan were mailed a notification of the online open enrollment period that began Oct. 1, 2014, and ends Nov. 1, 2014. The information should be specific to the current enrollment for you and your eligible dependents. […]

New website is gateway to rail health benefits

A new and improved site – – replaces the previous Railroad Information Depot ( Bookmark the new website address for easy future access: The new is your online gateway to information, tools and resources about your health and welfare benefits to help you: Explore your benefits Enroll in and manage your coverage […]

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 […]

Many will see $2 reduction in health care contribution

Some 38,000 UTU members covered under the national rail contract will see a $2 reduction in their monthly health care contribution effective July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2016. Health care insurance savings, in part made possible by the 2011 ratified national rail agreement, permitted the UTU and other rail labor organizations to seek […]

UTU pact sweet as health care premiums soar

The UTU’s ratified national rail contract – locking in for six years a $200 monthly health care insurance premium — is looking even more attractive following a Kaiser Family Foundation study showing health care costs and health care premiums are rocketing into space. Nationally, the average monthly premium for family health care insurance through an employer […]

National Rail Contract: Health care myths

The International has received questions regarding the health care provisions contained in the National Rail Contract. The health care insurance plan provided by the National Rail Contract already provides one of the best benefits packages available – and the new contract provides enhancements in addition to the deductible and co-insurance changes. Some members have focused on […]

Planning to retire? We have some answers

If you are planning to retire in the coming months, you are sure to have concerns and many more questions. Understanding retirement benefits, Medicare and Medigap – and, especially, assuring you obtain all you are entitled to – is no simple task. There is help, however, and the UTU can help you. Many of your […]

Reminder: COBRA subsidy extended

As reported in mid-April, the eligibility period for the COBRA subsidy was extended by Congress through May 31. COBRA is a federal program that permits those who lose their jobs and employer-provided health care to retain their health care through out-of-pocket payments equivalent to what they and the employer previously were paying. The subsidy helps bridge the […]