The Spokane Fire Fighters Benefit Trust was established on January 1, 2013 to provide medical and other welfare benefits for eligible Local 29 members and their dependents through the collective bargaining process.
This site provides general benefit information, forms and other Trust related items.
JANUARY 2018 –
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) TAX PROVISIONS
The Administration Office will provide you with tax Form 1095-B which shows whether you and your family had qualifying health coverage for part or all of 2017.
You DO NOT need Form 1095-B to file your taxes. Just like last year, you can check a box on your tax return verifying you had qualifying health coverage.
You can expect to receive your Form 1095-B for the 2017 tax year in the mail by January 31, 2018. Check to make sure it’s accurate and keep it with the rest of your tax documents.
If you have any questions regarding Form 1095-B, please contact the Administration Office at (888) 563-0665, option 2.
2018 Open Enrollment
The Traditional Plan is being discontinued
The Trustees have made the decision to discontinue the Traditional Plan due to low enrollment, as well as the recognition that the plan was no longer providing a good value for our members. If you are currently enrolled in the Traditional Plan, you will automatically be moved to the Classic Plan on January 1, 2018 with the same dependents as you currently have enrolled unless you submit an enrollment application changing your covered dependents. You will also receive the increased VEBA contribution that comes with the Classic Plan beginning in 2018.
Effective, May 1, 2017 – Fire Fighter Medical Exam
The SFFBT Trust has partnered with Spokane Internal Medicine (SIM) to provide Local 29 members the opportunity to receive a fire fighter centric medical exam at no cost to you. This is available to all Local 29 members including SAFO, members employed at SIA, and non-Medicare eligible retirees participating in the SFFBT health plan.
February 1, 2017 – Claims Access on the Trust Website
Effective February 1, 2017, claims incurred on and after January 1, 2017 will be accessible on this website. You will be able to view your claim on your Member Login, once the SFFBT Trust Office has paid the claim (approximately 3 weeks from incurred date.) Claims information prior to January 1, 2017 is still available on the Premera website for everyone who registered last year. The Premera website will not display details on claims incurred after December 31, 2016.
January 1, 2017 – Shared Administration
Effective January 1, 2017, the Trust has moved to a shared claims administration platform. This will bring the management and payment of our medical claims in-house to our Administrator, Welfare & Pension Administration Service, Inc. (WPAS). We believe this will provide an enhanced level of service for our members by allowing for a single point of contact at WPAS.