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Opioid Abuse

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

Unfortunately, as we all know, misuse of opioids is an epidemic in America. Prescription drugs such as morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone are all opioids like illegal drugs, such as heroin.

APWU Web News Article 6-2018

WARNING! Voluntary Early Retirement has Potential Side Effects

01/11/2018 - The Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) recently announced for eligible Clerk Craft employees by the Postal Service has generated many questions from the members of the APWU... It is not the place of the national APWU to give advice on whether to retire or not. That is a personal decision. However, it is decision with implications that members should know and consider.

Welcome to the APWU Health Plan

01/01/2018 - (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.

Open Season is Here

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is upon us and I am proud to report that the APWU Health Plan is bucking the trend of ever increasing premiums by offering extremely small premium increases of less than a dollar for most plans and premium decreases for some.

USPS 'Shirks Responsibility' to PSEs

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

The APWU Health Plan receives complaints from members who were converted from Postal Support Employee (PSE) to career status and claim the USPS cancelled their health insurance without notification. My office deals with this situation as best as we can, but this is an issue that is the employer’s full responsibility.

A Summer ‘To Do’

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

Summer is upon us. With it comes vacations, picnics and long days filled with warm weather activities. While evaluating your family’s health care may not be on the top of your list of summertime “to dos,” now is the perfect time to see if the APWU Health Plan can better serve you, save you money or both.

APWU Health Plan Gains Accreditation

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recognizes comprehensive Health Plan Accreditation provided by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. All Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) plans are expected to meet this OPM requirement by April 2017.

2017 Open Season Seminar

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Health Plan is pleased to announce that the 2017 Open Season Seminar will be held in beautiful downtown St. Louis, MO. St. Louis was the location of the first APWU Health Plan Seminar and we are thrilled to be coming back to the “Gateway to the West.”

Frequently Asked Questions

01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In October, the APWU Health Plan hosted our yearly Health Plan Seminar in Las Vegas, NV. The education of local and state leaders on health plan terminology, coverages and changes in our plans during an intense two-day training was a great success. I want to thank the APWU Health Plan staff for all the hard work necessary for the education of our Health Plan Representatives (HPRs), especially the care they took instructing the new HPRs enrolled in the beginner tract.

Together. Better Health.

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The 2016 Open Season will run Nov. 14 - Dec. 12.

If you are enrolled in a different plan, consider joining the union-owned APWU Health Plan – a not-for-profit organization, where your health care needs are our #1 priority.

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