Employee Assistance Program Services Available Online
HMC HealthWorks is providing all Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services for eligible employees and their dependents.
The EAP is a resource to help those enrolled in medical coverage through the Fund to address a broad range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress. The EAP offers up to three (3) professional, confidential counseling sessions per employee per incident with a network of professionals including licensed psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. In addition, legal/financial advice and eldercare/childcare advice is offered. These confidential counseling services are free, with no deductible, copay, or coinsurance.
HMC HealthWorks can be reached online at https://hmc.personaladvantage.com and using the Access Code: AUTOMOTIVE. They can also be reached by calling 888-690-1349.
No Increase to Employer Contribution Rates for Welfare Benefits
The employer contribution rates for all Welfare Plan benefits (medical, prescription, dental, orthodontic, vision, life insurance, and short-term disability) are reviewed annually by the Trustees and are updated in September of each year.
Due to the favorable cost experience of the plan over the past year, the Trustees have determined that there will be no increase in the employer contribution rates for the upcoming rate period. If you have a contract that requires cost sharing of welfare benefits, there will be no change to your cost-sharing portion for the rate period of September 2021–August 2022.
Orthodontic Benefit to be Increased to $3,000 Effective January 1, 2022
Effective January 1, 2022, the benefit will be increased from the current benefit of $2,500 per lifetime to $3,000 per lifetime. The Orthodontic benefit is self-funded 100% by the Welfare Plan and administered through the Trust Fund Office. The benefit covers all related orthodontic services such as x-rays, photographs, tracing, study models, and banding—for children and adults.
Subsidized COBRA Available through September 30, 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides an employee who lost their job due to a COVID-related event a 100% subsidy of their COBRA premium. The COBRA election forms sent from the Trust Fund Office have been updated to include all the required forms to apply for this subsidy. A completed form must be submitted with your COBRA election in order to qualify for the subsidy.
If you have questions about the subsidy and if you qualify, please contact the Trust Fund Office at 800-635-3105.
Pension Plan Searching for Former Participants
The Automotive Industries Pension Plan currently has approximately 2,000 participants who are entitled to receive a pension payment under the Plan but have not made application for their money. If you know someone who used to work in the industry during the 1970s or 1980s, is over age 65 and is not receiving a pension payment from the Trust Fund, they could be missing out on a monthly payment from the Plan. Have them contact the Trust Fund Office at 800-635-3105 for a review of their work history to see if they are eligible.
Reminder: Trust Fund Office Still Closed for Walk-in Appointments
The Trust Fund Offices have been closed to walk-in appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To service members effectively, the Trust Fund Office has made Zoom appointments available so you can talk directly with a staff member about your specific benefit questions. Please visit the Trust Fund webpage at www.aitrustfunds.org and click on the “Contact Us” icon to set up your appointment.
Reminder: Update Your Address with the Trust Fund Office
You should update your address with the Trust Fund Office within 30 days of moving to your new residence.
You can submit your address change directly through the Trust Fund website at www.aitrustfunds.org by logging onto your personal account and completing the online form.
Health and Retirement Benefits
If you are looking for information about your health and pension benefits, please contact:
Automotive Industries Trusts Funds
Health Services & Benefit Administrators
4160 Dublin Boulevard, Suite 400
Dublin, CA 94568-7756
Charles W. Besocke,
IAM National Pension Fund
1300 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036-1711
IAM introduces new Group Medicare Plan
The IAM has worked for months to negotiate a new Group Medicare plan for Medicare-eligible retirees, spouses, surviving spouses and Medicare-eligible dependents.
In October, the IAM announced a new partnership with Employee Benefit Systems and TLC Insurance Group. This plan can help serve the Medicare needs for our Medicare-eligible retirees, their spouses, and surviving spouses. This new best-in-class IAM Group Medicare Advantage plan, offered through Humana, is rich in benefits.
Visit iam4.me/iamhumana for more information.
Here are some of the benefits that IAM retirees are so excited about:
• Available in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia;
• National Passive Group Medicare PPO Plan that allows members to use the doctor and hospital of their choice nationally;
• In-network and out-of-network benefits are identical;
• Robust Prescription Group Plan included;
• Low out of pocket maximum;
• No deductibles on the IAMAW Group plan;
• Low copays! Primary Care Physician – $0 copay Specialist – $30 copay
By now, you should have received an announcement letter, followed by a group enrollment packet with details on the new group plan. If you have questions, feel free to call the Humana Enrollment Department toll free at 1-800-833-2411 for questions and enrollment assistance.
Retiree participation is not mandatory. Enrollment into the plan is by self-choice. The IAM recommends that all retirees compare the benefits of this new IAM Group Medicare plan with their current coverage prior to making any decision on their 2021 Medicare healthcare options. Visit iam4.me/iamhumana for more information.
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