Teamsters Local 237

Retiree Prescription Benefit

 

 

Local 237 Welfare Fund Prescription Drug Benefit For
New York City Retiree Welfare Fund Participants

Effective January 1, 2016

Aetna is the Prescription Benefit Manager for the Fund. When filling a prescription at a retail pharmacy you will need to provide your Aetna ID card. For those members who choose the cost saving mail order program,  complete an Aetna Mail Order Delivery form. Forms may be obtained by contacting Aetna customer service, Teamsters Local 237 Welfare Fund or print a form from the Aetna Navigator at www.Aetna.com

There will be no changes to your benefit structure and your benefits will be the same for 2016.

Contact Aetna’s customer service number (specifically for Local 237 members) for questions regarding prescriptions benefits at:

1 (855) 352-1599

Standard Operating Hours for Aetna’s customer service

Monday – Friday: 7:00am to 11:00pm Eastern
Saturday: 7:00am to 9:30pm Eastern
Sunday: 8:00am to 6:00pm Eastern

Summary of the Fund’s prescription benefit:

  • For all retirees, there is a cap – or maximum annual drug benefit, for you and your eligible dependents. As of January 1, 2016 the cap for Medicare eligible retirees was increased from $6600 to $8500 per year. For retirees who are not Medicare eligible the annual cap is $2500 and for the part time category it is $1100
  • For Medicare eligible and part time retirees the co-pay for a 34 day supply or less of a generic drug purchased at a local retail pharmacy is $5.00 and the co-pay for a name-brand drug is $15.00. If the prescription is for more than a 34-day supply, the co-pay at a local retail pharmacy doubles to $10.00 for generic drugs and $30.00 for name-brand drugs.
  • For Medicare eligible and part time retirees a 90-day supply ordered through the voluntary Aetna mail order program is available to members for a single co-pay. The cost is $5.00 for generic and $15.00 for name-brand for a full 90-day supply, the same price as a 34-day supply purchased at a local retail pharmacy.
  • For non Medicare eligible retirees the co-pay for a 34 day supply or less of a generic drug purchased at a local retail pharmacy is $15.00 and the co-pay for a name-brand drug is $25.00. If the prescription is for more than a 34-day supply, the co-pay at a local retail pharmacy doubles to $30.00 for generic drugs and $50.00 for brand-name drugs.
  • For non Medicare eligible retirees a 90-day supply ordered through the voluntary Aetna mail order program is available to members for a single co-pay. The cost is $15.00 for generic and $25.00 for name-brand for a full 90-day supply, the same price as a 34-day supply purchased at a local retail pharmacy.

While the mail order program is voluntary, all members using “maintenance drugs” are encouraged to take advantage of the savings and convenience available through Aetna. Aetna has set up a dedicated customer service line for Local 237 members, you can reach them by calling 1 (855) 352-1599.

Click here for active full time Welfare Fund participant information.

 

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Hercules Cornish: Caretaker J Stores Man

Herclules CornishHercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.

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