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    Posted October 29, 2010

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Pension/Health Update

Dependent Coverage Offered to Age 26

December 1 is Premium Payment Deadline

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that coverage for dependents up to age 26 be offered by health plans to their participants. The law does not require the Equity-League Health Fund to provide such coverage until June 1, 2011. However, the Trustees decided to implement this benefit as of October 1, 2010, many months before it was required. Children under the age of 26 who are not eligible for coverage under another Plan may be covered under the Fund, with payment of the appropriate dependent premium. Dependents up to age 26 will also have an opportunity to enroll during the Health Fund's Annual Open Enrollment Period of November 2010 for which coverage will become effective on January 1, 2011. During the Open Enrollment Period, participants also have the opportunity to switch from an available HMO to CIGNA OAP, or vice versa.

The $100 Premium Payment for all Plan participants for coverage to be effective on January 1, 2011 is due on December 1, 2010. Please make sure that the Health Fund receives your payments by this deadline in order to assure that your coverage with CIGNA or any HMO will be in effect as of January 1, 2011. If you have any questions regarding your bill, contact the Health Department at the Fund Office-(212) 869-9380 or (800) 344-5220-and a representative can help you.

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