Department & Division News

Welcome to the APWU Health Plan

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

Another Open Season has come and gone, and I would like to welcome our new members to the APWU Health Plan family! Thanks to our many long-time members for their loyalty and support as we continue to work together to provide high quality health care at the most affordable price.

This January your 2018 benefits go into effect, and with that – for our Consumer Driven Option members – we will deposit $1,200 into your Personal Care Accounts (PCA) for Self, $2,400 for Self Plus One and Family plans. This will add to any unused PCA monies that rolled over from 2017.

For High Option and Consumer Driven Option members, it is time to schedule those free wellness checks. Choosing and working with a primary care physician is a great first step toward better health.

Seminar Success

The 2017 Health Plan Seminar was held in St. Louis,MO and the “Show Me” state showed off their Midwestern hospitality. After a long day of training classes on this year’s changes to not only APWU health plans but also health care in general, our seminar attendees were able to see a little of the history and unique venues St. Louis has to offer.

I would like to thank the Saint Louis Gateway Area Local and President Fred Wolfmeyer for their hard work, participation and hospitality, which was key to making the 2017 Open Season Seminar such a wonderful success.

Building on the momentum of the 2017 seminar, I am proud to announce that the 2018 Health Plan seminar will be held in San Antonio, TX, at the Riverwalk Hyatt Regency. This hotel recently became unionized and we are thrilled to bring union business to a union hotel deep in the heart of Texas.

The APWU Health Plan has moved up our save-the-date and hotel links to make seminar information available for local 2018 budgetary meetings. Make sure you register early for this valuable training, as we were filled to capacity in 2017.