uawtrust.org/otc Benefit Register Login: UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

uawtrust.org/otc Benefit Register Login : UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

The Trust’s over-the-counter benefit vendor, NationsBenefits, LLC at uawtrust.org/otc, experienced a cybersecurity incident affecting some member personal information.

  • Starting January 1, 2024, every Trust member, regardless of their health plan, will receive an annual allowance of $200 for purchasing approved non-prescription medications and health-related items.
  • This allowance will be pre-loaded onto a “flex card,” which can be used for in-store purchases by simply swiping the card

How to Use the OTC Benefit:

1. You can access the UAW Trust OTC benefit through the OTC Network.

2. Simply enter your card number on the updated site, and you may need to confirm some additional information

You are not eligible for Trust coverage if you:

  • Are eligible only for a deferred vested pension benefit under your auto company’s pension plan.
  • Are not a retiree.
  • Were discharged for cause, even if you are receiving a pension from your auto company’s pension plan.

Retirees may cover dependents, which typically include a spouse and/or children. More information can be found on the Dependent Eligibility page.

Surviving Spouses

In the event of a retiree’s passing, the spouse, known as the surviving spouse, remains eligible for Trust health coverage for the duration of his or her life. Qualifying surviving spouses must:

Either be enrolled on the date of the retiree’s death or enrolled in the active auto company plan and the active employee was eligible to retire on the date of death.

  • Continue payment of any required monthly contribution.
  •  Be enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B, once eligible.
  • Surviving spouses may not add new dependents; although, they may continue coverage for a dependent child who was enrolled by the retiree prior to his or her death and who continues to meet the dependent eligibility rules

The Medicare Advantage (MA) PPO plan is the primary plan for Medicare-enrolled Trust members (those over age 65, or on Medicare because of a disability). Medicare-enrolled members are automatically enrolled in the MA PPO plan on January 1, following the year they qualify for Medicare.

Certain Medicare members, such as Protected members and those enrolled in an HMO plan may not be automatically enrolled in the MA PPO plan but have the option to select the plan, if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

If you are an eligible retiree or surviving spouse covered under another plan you can enroll in the Trust in the future. When you notify RHCC, your coverage will begin the first of the following month.

However, note that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals are required to provide evidence of “minimum essential health coverage” or be subject to a penalty when they file their income tax return.

MA PPO plans provide Medicare members with greater value than other plan offerings while preserving coverage levels and access to doctors and hospitals. These plans also have lower cost share than the Traditional Care Network (TCN) plan!

The MA PPO plan provides access to additional programs at no extra cost:

  • Rewards for health activities – Gift cards when you complete certain important health care activities such as getting an annual checkup.
  • Personalized nurse support – Resources to help manage chronic conditions.
  • Healthy home visit – Home visit from a licensed doctor or nurse to assess health and safety needs.
  • Virtual doctor visits – Phone or video consult with a board-certified doctor (the office visit copay applies).
  • Nurse help line – Speak with a registered nurse any time, night or day.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Program

The Trust added an over-the-counter (OTC) benefit giving eligible members an annual allowance to order approved non-prescription medications and health-related items—such as bandages, aspirin, cold and sinus medicine, and vitamins and minerals—up to twice per calendar year. The dollar value of the allowance depends on your health plan.

Eligible members are automatically enrolled; no action is required.

More info: uawtrust.org/otcbenefit

Skilled Nursing Facility Care Expanded for All Medical Plans

Beginning January 1, 2023, the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) benefit will be expanded for in-network care under all Trust-sponsored medical plans. A SNF is a facility outside of the hospital that provides nursing care 24 hours a day under the supervision of a physician and/or registered nurse. There will no longer be a limitation on the allowed amount of days of care provided per benefit period. Additionally, there will no longer be a non-confinement period required to reset the benefit (when it is determined to be medically necessary because the medical criteria and guidelines are met).

Medicare Part B Premium Subsidy

For Ford Retirees retiring after October 1, 1979, a Medicare Part B Premium Subsidy is provided to help Retirees, Surviving Spouses, and Surviving Same Sex Domestic Partners pay for Medicare Part B. Those enrollees receiving a Retirement Plan due to a deferred vested benefit or a pre-retirement survivor benefit are not eligible. The enrollee must be receiving a pension from the pension plan in order to be eligible; those receiving survivor’s insurance are not eligible.

A Ford Retiree cannot also receive this benefit as a Surviving Spouse or Surviving Same-Sex Domestic Partner. The Medicare Part B Premium Benefit is $76.20 per month. Enrollees eligible for Medicare Part B must enroll and remain enrolled in Part B to be eligible to receive this benefit. Retirees under age 65 who are disabled or have End Stage Renal Disease are also eligible for this benefit, provided they have enrolled in Part B. If eligible, the Medicare Part B Premium Benefit will be included in the enrollee’s pension check.