FUND NEWS IS YOUR NEWS
By: Arthur J. Orzano, Administrator
New and Improved Dental Benefits Effective January 1, 2017
To All Eligible Members and Eligible Dependents who are currently enrolled in the Healthplex Dental Plans:
Your Union, together with the Trustees of the NOITU Insurance Trust Fund, have approved the replacement of your current Healthplex Dental Benefit Plan with an enhanced dental plan through Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield beginning January 1, 2017.
This announcement is being made to you now in order to give you the opportunity to determine whether your existing dentist, in fact participates with the new Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental Plan. You can determine this by visiting the empireblue.com website (follow the steps outlined in the Empire Dental instructions included with this article). When you get to the section that says “Select a plan/network” then simply select “XPO” in the drop-down box and then proceed from there (until you become effective January 1, 2017, you can sign on as a guest) or you can call the Empire Dental customer service toll-free number at 1-844-852-1553.
If your existing dentist does NOT participate in the Empire Dental Plan and does NOT wish to enroll in the Empire PPO dental network, you may wish to obtain a new dentist by using the very same method described above to select a dentist conveniently located near you. Always Check the Blue Cross website to make sure the dentist you select is participating.
Towards the end of December you will receive, by mail, a Summary of Benefits and your Blue Cross Dental Identification card that will go into effect January 1, 2017.
NOTE: Anyone who currently has access to the Louis Lasky Memorial Dental Center located in Lindenhurst can continue to use the center as they have in the past.
New and Improved Vision Benefits Effective January 1, 2017
To All Eligible Members and Eligible Dependents who are currently enrolled in an eyeglass/vision plan that is administered by the Comprehensive Professional Systems, Inc. (CPS) eye care/vision network.
Your existing eye care/vision benefits will improve in two ways: 1) your existing benefit annual limit will increase to $150 effective January 1, 2017 and 2) CPS has partnered with another large vision network which will greatly improve accessibility to providers in outlying areas such as upstate New York and Connecticut.
As always, if you have any questions concerning the information above, please feel free to contact the NOITU Insurance Trust Fund, Member Services Department at 718-291-3434 (Option #3).