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June 28, 2016

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Front Desk/Appointments: 561-969-6663 Appointments@myffbenefits.com

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It’s not just for employees!

All participants of the PBC FF’s Employee Benefits Fund are eligible to use the EAP network of over 20 local providers.  Wide variety of counseling services are available, and the best part…………

It’s absolutely

100% confidential

Call Ellen Flaum, Administrator of the EAP @ 561-968-1505 to get started today.

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June 22, 2016

UnitedHealthcare in Negotiations with Boca Raton Regional Hospital

We are in negotiations with Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) to renew its commercial and Medicare Advantage contracts. BRRH's participation in UnitedHealthcare's network continues through June 30, 2016. Our goal has always been to reach a new agreement with BRRH that preserves our members' access to local quality care without significantly raising the cost of health care in the Boca Raton area.

We have been meeting with BRRH and remain hopeful that the hospital system will decide to continue its participation in our network. There are two issues in particular we would call your attention to as part of this update:

  • Fair and Reasonable Contract: We are committed to continuing our discussions and reaching a mutually acceptable agreement with BRRH. Continuity and access to quality, affordable health care for members are key priorities during negotiations. We are working hard to ensure that BRRH is reimbursed at a rate that is not only fair and reasonable, but consistent with trends in each of the local markets it operates.
  • Value-based Care: UnitedHealthcare is offering Boca Raton Regional Hospital, along with their hospital owned medical groups, a performance-based relationship that would increase what we pay physicians and give them the opportunity to earn additional compensation for the quality of care they provide. Collaborative, performance-based relationships that put the patient at the center of the health care experience are the foundation of the provider network we want to offer the clients we serve. Most other care providers we work with in Florida have embraced this approach, and we're asking BRRH to do the same.

UnitedHealthcare is committed to bringing these negotiations to a fair and successful conclusion. We are hopeful that our discussions with BRRH will remain positive and collaborative so a new agreement will benefit the numerous health care needs of the communities we serve.

We look forward to continuing to serve your needs and encourage you to contact us if you have further questions. We will keep you apprised as our discussions with BRRH continue.

For more information, please contact your broker or UnitedHealthcare representative.

Voluntary Life Rate Change

May 16, 2016    

TO: All Group Voluntary Life Participants

RE: Palm Beach County Firefighter’s Employee Benefits Fund

Notice of Premium Rate Change Effective June 1, 2016

Reliance Standard Voluntary Group Life Insurance

Dear Participant:

Please be advised that your Voluntary Life Insurance deduction amount may change as of June 1, 2016. Your Deduction may change due to an age bracket change/update. Once a year in June, age bracket changes are updated by Reliance Standard. I have attached a copy of the Reliance Standard Group Voluntary Term Life lnsurance Premium Table for your information. 

Thank you and if you have any questions or need to make any changes to your policy, please do not hesitate to call me.

Click here for Premium Tables

Chuck Steiner 561-799-2744

    

  

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR

TWO NEW TRUSTEE'S

 

JASON WASIELEWSKI

NEAL NIEMCZYK 

        

     

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. rrhodes@myffbenefits.com Please give your name and the exact information that needs corrected. I new form will be mailed to the current address on file.

  

What's New at Benefits Fund
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. Read More...
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. Read More...
Flu Vaccines
Flu season started October 1st; flu vaccines are available in the Health & Wellness Center for ages 6 months and up.  Dr. Read More...
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. Read More...
Employer Mandated Exercise Stress Test
  The Board of Trustees has agreed to cover the cost related to clearance of positive exercise stress tests.  This clearance for the most part was a visit with a cardiologist for which an affected employee may have been charged a $30 office co-pay. Read More...

EXPECTING? 

If you are currently expecting a new baby in your life don’t forget about the Benefits Fund Cord Blood harvesting and cryogenic storage program.  For only $100 out of your pocket you can protect your newborn from numerous health issue’s.  The Fund will pick up the balance of the cost for harvesting the stem cells and storing them for 18 years…….. It’s well worth the small investment on your part.

Call the Fund office to get a brochure and contact information for the Stem Cell Cryobank  located at the Bethesda Health City on Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach.

We will also cover your future storage fees if you had your child's cord blood stored with another vendor prior to the Fund implementing the program in January 2011, call the Fund office for more details.

 

UMR.COM Access 

We hope that you have had an opportunity to experience the enhanced services on umr.com and will find that the new features increase the productivity of your day-to-day benefit-related tasks.

Please remember to use your new login information to access umr.com.

Click here for a flyer that you can use as a reminder to set up your new access to umr.com.


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