What’s New in Your Plan

What’s new in 2021

Strong Trust performance in 2020 allows us to continue offering the same high quality plans in 2021. 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, 2021:

Additional VEBA Contributions tied to annual exam completion

For 2021, due to COVID-19 clinic closures during the 2020 exam year period, there was no additional VEBA contribution earned based on members completing their fire fighter exam in 2020, prior to the usual September 30th deadline. For 2022, 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 2022, members will need to complete their annual exam between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.

Teladoc—Benefit Reminder

Beginning January 1, 2020, we expanded our Teladoc benefit to provide access to behavioral health providers. As a result of COVID-19, we are all now facing new challenges navigating our everyday lives. We wanted to remind members of the convenience of this virtual care option for your medical or emotional care needs. Teladoc has doctors and therapists ready to address your care needs and provide guidance as you stay safe in the comfort of your own home, avoiding exposure and the potential spread of the virus. See details in the Teledoc section of this website

2021 Member Contributions

Your monthly contributions will change modestly so that we can keep up with our expected costs for 2021. The amount of change varies based on which bargaining group you belong to and which family members you are covering. For a breakdown of 2021 member contributions, please refer to the table on page 16 of your guide  under How Much Does Coverage Cost? in the Understanding and Managing Your Benefits section.

There are no other changes to our plans for 2021. 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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