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    APWU Health Plan COVID-19 Coverage Enhancements - Jun. 2, 2020

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    APWU Health Plan COVID-19 Coverage Enhancements

     

    As we work together to slow down the spread of COVID 19, our lives continue to evolve and change in ways we could have never expected. The APWU Health Plan will continue to evaluate coverage enhancements as a result of COVID-19. Because the spread of the virus has slowed down considerably, we are removing the inpatient prior authorization wavier. Initially, the Health Plan wanted to remove this administrative burden as hospitals were overwhelmed. As we get back to the new “normal,” authorizations should be obtained. 

    For the most up-to-date information visit our website
    at
     
    www.apwuhp.com/coronavirus-outbreak-update/

     

    The Health Plan will:

    • Cover  telehealth (medical and mental health) visits at no cost* to the member when visits are performed through the Health Plan’s telehealth providers:

      • High Option: Medical visits through Amwell are available at www.amwell.com and mental health visits through MDlive are available at www.mdlive/apwu at no cost* to the member
      • Consumer Driven OptionVirtual visits through AmWell, Teladoc, and Doc on Demand are available at www.myuhc.com at no cost* to the member 

    • Cover telehealth visits to network providers at no cost* to the member when related to COVID-19  
    • Cover COVID-19 testing at no cost* to the member when testing is prescribed by a clinical professional including antibody testing once it becomes widely available
    • Cover health care provider office visits, urgent care center visits and emergency room visits that result in an order for or administration of a diagnostic test for COVID-19 at no cost* to the member**
    • Cover in-network inpatient and outpatient care for COVID-19 treatment at no cost* to the member
    • Reminder:  Members are encouraged to use mail order form maintenance medications which provides a 90-day refill and the delivery is free

    *All deductible, coinsurance and copays will be waived
    **Your provider should be aware of this Families First Coronavirus Response Act and CDC guideline. If you are charged a copay or coinsurance at the time of your visit, you will be reimbursed


    News on the Bi-annual Picnic

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    By Apwu133,

    With parks currently closed the bi-annual Apwu #133 picnic will be postponed. If feasible the picnic will  be rescheduled  for September or October. 

     


    Update on CARES Act temporary loan and withdrawal options

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    The CARES Act allows us to offer temporary loan and withdrawal options to TSP participants affected by COVID-19. We are working as quickly as possible to add these options to our system so you can count on efficient processing of these requests. You can check this webpage for updates about these options and when they will be available to you. We will post the next update by May 15, 2020.

     


    #SaveThePostOffice

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    Our number one priority during the Coronavirus pandemic is keeping members safe.

    It’s clear that the White House is withholding the funding that the USPS needs for safe and sustainable operations during this crisis.

    It’s so clear that the crisis at the Postal Service has now hit the headlines. Congress needs to hear from you!

    The White House refused relief for the Postal Service in the last stimulus and Congress left us out of the bill.

    Without immediate relief, the Postal Service could run out of cash by summer.

    Our jobs, our pensions and the vital service we provide is at risk.

    Big corporations are lobbying against the Postal Service because they want to boost their profits. We need to make sure that Congress hears us instead.

    That’s why you need to send a message to Congress.

    Congress needs to provide urgent funding in the next stimulus for the Postal Service to keep the country moving through the crisis. Everything is on the line and your voice can make the difference.

    Send them a message today: Tell them to provide the resources we need!

    In solidarity,

    American Postal Workers Union


    APWU Health Plan COVID-19 Coverage Enhancements

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    By Apwu133,

    The APWU Health Plan will continue to evaluate benefit enhancements as a result of COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information visit our website at

    www.apwuhp.com/coronavirus-outbreak-update/

    The Health Plan will:

     

    • New! Cover health care provider office visits, urgent care center visits and emergency room visits that result in an order for or administration of a diagnostic test for COVID-19 at no cost* to the member**

    • Cover COVID-19 testing at no cost* to the member when testing is prescribed by a clinical professional

    • Cover telehealth visits at no cost* to member when visits are performed through the Health Plan’s telehealth providers:

      • High Option: Visits through Amwell are available at www.amwell.com at no cost* to the member

      • Consumer Driven Option: Virtual visits through AmWell, Teladoc, and Doc on Demand are available at www.myuhc.com at no cost* to the member

       

    • Cover telehealth visits to network providers at no cost* to member when related to COVID-19

    • Waive inpatient prior authorization requirements related to COVID-19

    • Reminder: Members are encouraged to use mail order for maintenance medications which provides a 90-day refill and the delivery is free

     

    *All deductible, coinsurance and copays will be waived
    **Your provider should be aware of this Families First Coronavirus Response Act and CDC guideline. If you are charged a copay or coinsurance at the time of your visit, you will be reimbursed by the Health Plan


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