As a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“WMATA,” “Authority” or “METRO”) Employee under the ATU Local 689 collective bargaining agreement, you and your family members are eligible for comprehensive health care coverage through the Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Plan. Coverage includes medical, vision and dental care, plus income protection if you are injured or ill and cannot work.
The information on this site is just a summary of your benefits. Full descriptions are contained in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) and other benefit materials you receive from the Plan and from our insurance partners.
Find Ways to Use Your Plan Effectively
All of us have encountered difficulties in navigating the medical care system. The following six videos and supporting materials have been produced to help members of the Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Plan use the medical system as effectively as possible. We know that when you use the Plan more effectively, you and the Plan will save money.
More importantly, you will have better/faster medical recoveries. The focus in the following videos is on wise and effective use of medical care (and cost savings is just a side benefit). But in reality, if medical cost increases are kept as low as possible, then the Plan will be more affordable for everyone, and the chances of the Plan remaining as generous as it is now will be improved. Enjoy the videos, share them with family members, and tell your co-workers about them. And we appreciate any feedback you would like to offer.
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How You Can Reduce Your Costs
Some Important Cautions and Medical Care-Use Tips
Video # 4
The Most Information-Packed Video
Video # 5
Be Prepared in Advance
Video # 6
Who Should be in Charge in My Sunset Days/Weeks
If you are on military leave for 31 days or less, you and your family will continue to receive health care coverage for up to 31 days. Coverage continues until the end of the month, after the month in which you are deployed.
If you are on military leave for more than 31 days, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) allows you to continue medical, prescription drug, vision, and dental coverage for you and your family at your own expense for up to 36 months. This continuation right is similar to COBRA. Your dependent(s) may also be eligible for health care coverage under TRICARE, the military health plan. For more information on your benefits if you go on military leave, visit the "If You Enter Military Service" on the Life Events page.