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 were hired before January 1, 2010 and you retire, you can choose to continue your medical benefits (including prescription drug coverage) under the Plan. You are also eligible for life insurance and voluntary retiree dental coverage through Delta Dental.
When you retire, you are no longer eligible for short-term disability (STD), long-term disability (LTD) or accidental death and dismemberment (ADD) coverage.
You need to make monthly premium payments to receive coverage when you retire. In most cases, your premium payments are automatically deducted from your pension check. For more information on medical coverage after retirement, see "If You Retire" on the Life Events page.