The Cement and Concrete Workers of New York City Laborers' an affiliate of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA),
Empire BlueCross BlueShield Provides Link to Help
Participants Find Local COVID-19 Testing Facilities
Empire BlueCross BlueShield, through a partnership with CastlightHealth, has provided the Fund with a link to help you find COVID-19 testing facilities near you. If you feel that you, or a dependent of yours, is in need of a test, all you have to do is click the button below and either enter your address, or enter your state, county, and zip code, to quickly locate testing facilities near you.
Please check with your provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm participation.
Important Information Regarding Extensions of Deadlines Related to
Claims and Appeals, COBRA, and Special Enrollment
Due to the various challenges that individuals are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain participant deadlines in the Cement and Concrete Workers District Council Pension, Annuity and Welfare Funds (the "Funds") have been extended by law.
As required by law, the Funds will not count the "outbreak period" when the Funds (or their claims administrators and benefit providers) are calculating your deadlines for deadlines for certain actions. The "outbreak period" is defined as the period from March 1, 2020 until 60 days after the COVID-19 National Emergency ends (or such other date as the federal government requires, which may be specific to different states or geographic regions).
Specifically, the following deadlines are extended by the guidance:
(i) The Funds' deadlines for filing a benefit claim or an appeal of a denied claim (or other adverse benefit determination), and the
period for requesting external review or perfecting a request for external review of a health benefit claim.
(ii) The period to request special enrollment in the Welfare Fund after losing other health coverage or acquiring a new dependent due
to birth, marriage, adoption or placement of adoption.
(iii) The 60-day COBRA election period and the 60-day period for notifying the Fund Office of a COBRA qualifying event or disability
(iv) The deadlines for paying initial and monthly COBRA premiums.
Please contact the Fund Office if you have any questions regarding how these rules may apply to you.
CORONAVIRUS-RELATED DISTRIBUTIONS (CRD)
The Board of Trustees has adopted a temporary in-service withdrawal option under the recently adopted CARES Act.
Eligible participants may apply to the Benefit Funds Office (not John Hancock) any time, from now until December 15, 2020, for one CRD from the Annuity Fund, of up to $50,000 or 50% of your account balance (determined on the date the distribution is processed), whichever is less.
Please find the Application Form under Funds --> Annuity Fund --> CCWDC AF Coronavirus-Related Distribution Form --> Then click the " Click Here" button.
Forms must be returned to the Benefit Fund Office (not John Hancock) via mail or by using the Drop Box on the railing across from the Benefit Funds Office door.
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