What’s New in Your Plan

What’s new in 2022

Strong Trust performance in 2021 allows us to continue offering the same high quality plans in 2022. Contributions will increase slightly (see below), as we budget to keep pace with the increasing cost of healthcare delivery. Please note the following, which are effective January 1, 2022:

Coverage for OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Kits

Recent guidance from the federal government has been released regarding the coverage of OTC COVID- 19 testing and
member cost share. Starting January 15th, 2022, members will be able to purchase FDA authorized at-home OTC COVID19 diagnostic tests without any cost sharing. Your Plan is partnering with Sav-Rx to offer you direct coverage for OTC
COVID-19 tests. You may obtain tests at a pharmacy that is in-network with Sav-Rx.

More information can be found in the Coverage for OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Kits PDF

VEBA Contribution Increase

Trustees made the decision to increase the VEBA contribution from the current levels to $3,000 for individual coverage and $6,000 for family coverage. This is based on their review of overall plan performance and recognition of the value members’ place on the VEBA.

Additional VEBA Contributions tied to annual exam completion

For 2022, if members completed their fire fighter exam in 2021, prior to the September 30th deadline, they earned an additional $500 VEBA contribution. For 2023, we’re happy to announce we are once again offering an incentive to earn a VEBA bonus by completing your fire fighter exam. In order to earn the additional $500 bonus contribution in 2023, members will need to complete their annual exam between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

2022 Member Contributions

Your monthly contributions will change modestly so that we can keep up with our expected costs for 2022. The amount of change varies based on which bargaining group you belong to and which family members you are covering. Please refer to the table within the Guide for a breakdown of 2022 Member Contributions.

There are no other changes to our plans for 2022. However, please take the time to review your Guide as it contains useful information on a number of items, including:

  • Plan Highlights for your Medical/Vision,
  • Prescription Drug and Dental Plans
  • Information on your VEBA Benefit
  • Trust Eligibility
  • Teladoc Virtual Health Services
  • The Trust’s partnership with Spokane Internal Medicine (SIM) for our Annual Fire Fighter Exams

NOTE:

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Requirements

The Trust Office will provide you with Form 1095-B, which shows whether you and your family had qualifying health coverage for part or all of 2019.

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 Form 1095-B for the 2019 tax year in the mail by January 31, 2020. Check to make sure it’s accurate and keep it with the rest of your tax documents.

If you have any questions about Form 1095-B, please contact the Trust Office at (888) 563-0665, option 4.

Helpful Resources

COVID-19 Help

Learn how the Trust is supporting you through this unprecedented pandemic. 

Teledoc Virtual Care

Get convenient access to care whenever and wherever you need it via a phone call, online video, or other online media.

Prescription Drug Plan

You can reach Sav-Rx 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 228-3108.

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