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IRS Form 1095-C
Last week we mailed out the Form 1095-C for all Employees enrolled in the Benefits Fund in 2015. This form was an IRS requirement for all employers with more than 50 employees and is a direct result of the Affordable Health Care Act. The form is you and your dependents proof of health insurance for your 2015 tax return.
If you and your dependent had coverage all 12 months, the box "All 12 Months" will be checked.
Please review your form carefully. Should you need a corrected form please contact Rick Rhodes at the Benefits Fund via his email. email@example.com Please give your name and the exact information that needs corrected. I new form will be mailed to the current address on file.
New Benefits Fund Trustee
The Benefits Fund would like to thank all of the candidates for their time and effort for running for trustee. We would also like to welcome the new trustee Tony Tozzi. Tony has been with PBCFR since March of 1994 and is currently assigned to the First Battalion as a District Chief.
Haven't been to the clinic yet?
Maybe you thought we only do firefighter physicals. Below is a link to a 24 minute documentary on the Health & Wellness Center describing some of the services we offer and our philosophy on providing medical care.
Click here for the Video
Flu season started October 1st; flu vaccines are available in the Health & Wellness Center for ages 6 months and up. Dr. Villa recommends everyone get a flu vaccine.
Filling Prescriptions at the Firefighters
Health & Wellness Center
The response to having prescriptions filled at the Health & Wellness Centers Pharmacy has been fantastic and we have been filling several hundred prescriptions a month. We have also added several new medications available from the pharmacy, and a new list of medications is available on the web-site and through the link provided in this email. Filling prescriptions here gives the Fund an opportunity to save several hundred thousand dollars a year, in addition to you saving on co-pays. Saving money on prescriptions will assist us in keeping insurance costs down and, in turn, keep premiums reasonable in an otherwise out of control medical market.
Since each prescription needs to be written by one of the clinics providers, when refills are not available, they are asking that you please give them ample time to accomplish the task. When you have refills available on your medication then of course the process is easier and can usually be accomplished and be ready for pick-up or to be mailed within 24 hours. When the provider needs to write a new prescription, the process can take up to 96 hours since not all providers are on duty every day, in addition to the fact that they are quite busy during the hours that the clinic is open to see patients, in some instances repeat of blood work or other labs may be necessary to make sure the medication continues to be correct.
We strongly encourage you to not wait until you’ve taken your last dose of a medication to get the refill process started.
We try to dispense most maintenance type medications to give you a minimum of a 90 day supply and would recommend you starting the refill process no later than 2 weeks before you run out, it will be less stress on you, and us, to have your new supply in hand well before you run out. Additionally, if any blood test or other tests are needed prior to your refill it will give everyone ample time to complete the tests before medications run out.
We encourage you to inform us of medications you are taking that we do not have on our list; this can be done by emailing Chrystal at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a reminder, while we try to stock all generics that our participants are taking, brand medications generally produce no saving for the Fund and therefore are not regularly stocked; also we do not carry any scheduled drugs. We also carry breast milk pumps, nebulizers, glucometers and testing supplies in our pharmacy.
Thank you again for all of your support of the Health & Wellness Center, we continue to be excited to offer you a better medical experience and hope that in most cases it is exactly what we are accomplishing.
Link to pharmacy medication list