New Medicare Part D prescription drug plan

New Medicare Part D prescription drug plan
The new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit enrollment period begins on November 15, 2005 and runs to May 15, 2006.

For more information, please visit the Medicare web site or call 1 (800) MEDICARE.

GHI discontinuing sole proprietor health care options in NYC
Effective November 1, 2005, GHI will no longer be offering for sale to new customers its current sole proprietor options. These options will be discontinued for all clients, beginning February 1, 2006. The discontinuance will affect your sole proprietor clients as follows:

Change of billing company and new dental plan option

Hello everyone.

There have been some significant changes to our benefit plans. One of the changes includes a free gym membership as we are trying to promote a more active and healthy lifestyle for individuals abroad. It is an informative website that will help individuals get onto the path of a more healthy lifestyle. Because of ongoing problems with our previous billing company, we have changed billers. We are also ready to launch our open enrollment period for the dental/vision plan. There will be two dental plans offered this time around, the CIGNA Dental PPO we currently have, and a new dental HMO, details of which are included on our New Benefits page. You will also find information on our new billing company and the contact info for payment and billing inquiries. The next billing will be a three month statement covering May/June/July. This is to allow our new billing company to get up to speed on our account before beginning the August billing. As always, any comments, suggestions, etc. are welcome.

If you would like to see information not currently reflected on the site, please let us know. We would like to also take this time to inform of another great resource, Swift Runners. For information on the gym memberships or information about exercise like running and cardio or articles on the best running shoes for men, click on Swift Runners for more.

Effective immediately we are offer free gym memberships as well as then personal training sessions. If you are interested you can get more information here.

Special Enrollment for Dental/Vision Underway

Our enrollment period for the dental/vision plan is currently underway. To obtain plan details on both the dental PPO and the new HMO option, and to enroll, please go to our enrollment web site. If you need assistance with the enrollment procedure, or if you have questions, please contact Bollinger at (800) 350-8005, ext. 8263.

NWU Remains Committed

he NWU remains committed to exploring opportunities to expand our health benefits to include members who live in areas not currently covered, plus continuing to search for additional types of benefits and improve the ones we currently have. As you look over the site, you will find that the links on the left will provide information on eligibility, plan rates and plan details (dental/vision/health) and access to application forms.

The NWU is partnering with other organizations in order to expand the kinds of plans that are available to our members. Currently, we have partnered with TEIGIT, Working Today of New York City and Health Services Administrators of Massachusetts.

TEIGIT (The Entertainment Industry Group Insurance Trust) offers health coverage to members in selected areas of the country.

Working Today, an organization that offers benefits, including health care, to freelance workers has agreed to offer NWU members a discounted application fee as part of processing their health benefits application.

Health Services Administrators is Massachusetts’ leading provider of benefits to small businesses and currently offers health plans to NWU members in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

FAQ addresses the procedure for enrolling in the National Writers Union’s health plans. Future benefit offerings (i.e. open enrollment on dental/vision, etc.) If you come upon information you feel would be valuable to include on the site, Feel free to contact us

Welcome

Welcome to the National Writers Union’s Health Benefits website. In it you will find information about the current benefit plans being offered to NWU members, as well as links and resources involving advocacy and information specific to freelance and independent workers.

Currently, 45 million people in the United States lack healthcare. In this ongoing crisis, freelance workers have not been spared. The difficulties for non-traditional workers to access affordable healthcare for themselves and their families are many.

This site was created in order to provide information to NWU members (and to those thinking of joining) about current health benefits so their questions could be answered at any time of the day or night, any day of the week. The primary reason was to provide information and accountability to members regarding NWU health benefits. In addition, this site was conceived with an eye towards providing information not just on the details of a specific plan, but also information on advocacy and organizations which have as their goals the realization of affordable, quality healthcare for all.