APWU Negotiates New Health Benefit for PSEs

Web News Article #: 085-2016

Beginning with a Special Enrollment Period from May 16, 2016, to June 30, 2016, PSEs will be eligible to join the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan. Coverage will be effective on July 9, 2016.

Beginning with a Special Enrollment Period from May 16, 2016, to June 30, 2016, PSEs will be eligible to join the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan. Coverage will be effective on July 9, 2016.

04/14/2016 – Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will soon be able to sign up for health insurance during their first year of employment, President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Currently, PSEs can enroll only after they complete their first 360-day appointment.

The Postal Service will contribute at least $125 per pay period toward the cost of the insurance.

“This benefit is a step forward, especially for those who need self-only coverage,” Dimondstein said. “This stop-gap measure will improve conditions for PSEs who need insurance for their first year.”

“This benefit applies to all PSEs, regardless of the number of hours they work,” Dimondstein pointed out. This is significant because the Affordable Care Act requires employers to cover only those workers who work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

After the first 360-day appointment, PSEs can switch to the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan, where the Postal Service pays 75 percent of total premium costs for self-only, self-plus-one and self-and-family coverage.

To find out more, visit https://liteblue.usps.gov/benefits or call 1-877-477-3273 and select option 1; TTY 866-260-7507. To enroll by mail, complete the PostalEASE worksheet available on LiteBlue and mail it to: HRSSC Compensation/Benefits, PO Box 970400, Greensboro NC 27497-0400.

Source: APWU

One thought on “APWU Negotiates New Health Benefit for PSEs

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Auburn WA Local
    Office held, if any
    Retired President
    Although the USPS Health Benefits Plan and the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan use the same company, UnitedHealthcare, their benefits are very different.

    With the USPS health plan, if you use a non-network provider, almost nothing is covered. It is a bare-bones plan designed to meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act. In order to know if your doctor or hospital is a network provider, you must join the plan first. Only people “enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare plan” can find out. That sucks.

    Summary of Benefits and Coverage for the USPS Health Benefits Plan

    Is this a preview of the future USPS health plan for all employees?

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