Moving Metro has a new Wellness Program Manager. We welcome Juanita Hawkins who joined the staff of the Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Fund in November 2016! Juanita comes to us from The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission where she faced many of the same challenges familiar to local 689 members. Juanita looks forward to drawing on her experience to develop a holistic program focused on essential well-being elements (mental/financial/physical/social). She is eager to expand our network of champions and continue to facilitate various onsite health education and lifestyle change programs to help employees increase their awareness of healthy lifestyle activities!
Juanita’s personal interest in wellness and desire to help people led her into this field.
“Wellness programs complement traditional health care benefits. My mission is to empower employees to find ways to not only stay active and eat healthy, but to adopt a healthier lifestyle overall. I look forward to meeting and working with Local 689 members, shop stewards and superintendents to build, support, and continue to increase engagement in our amazing 689 Moving Metro Wellness Program!”
Juanita has been in the Human Resources field for over 10 years and promoting wellness for the last six years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and is certified in worksite wellness and a health and wellness coach and is a certified diabetes lifestyle coach.
Please feel free to contact Juanita at (202) 679-9887 or email@example.com!
Brandon M. Graves, is a graduate at the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Community Health and an ACE certified personal trainer as our Worksite Wellness Specialist. Brandon joined the team in October 2015 with the goal of helping to grow the 689 Moving Metro Wellness program.
He is a native of the area, born in Washington, D.C and raised in Largo, MD. Joining us from Anytime Fitness where he was the lead personal trainer, committed to helping others reach their health-related goals. Prior to that, Brandon was also an intern at the Jackson Graham Building for the METRO Wellness program.
“I want to help our METRO workers understand that being healthy is not just a habit, it is a lifestyle that can lead to a longer, fuller and more satisfying life! My favorite aspect of this job is that I get to help motivate individuals to change their life for the better and I like to challenge myself by being an example.”
Brandon looks forward to meeting and working with the participants of the Transit Employees’ Health and Welfare Plan.
If you are not working, but you are still eligible for Plan coverage under the collective bargaining agreement, you may continue your coverage under the Plan by making monthly payments to the Plan during your period(s) of leave. You must notify the Health and Welfare office when you return to work.
If you are out on Workers’ Compensation, you must also make your monthly payments directly to the Health & Welfare Plan because they are not deducted from your paycheck or from your Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Payments are due on the first of the month. It is your responsibility to make your Health & Welfare payments on time. The Plan does not send notices of delinquent payments, nor will it send you a bill. If you do not make your payments on time, your coverage under the Plan will end. Consider permitting the Plan to deduct payments from your bank account. Contact the Plan for more information.
Coverage will retroactively end as of the monthly premium payment due date if the required monthly premium payment is not paid within 30 days from the due date (e.g., if the monthly premium payment for September, which is due on September 1, is not paid by September 30th, coverage would be terminated as of September 1). If coverage is terminated due to non-payment of the required monthly premium payment, you may again become covered (on a prospective basis) by sending in the required monthly premium payment for future coverage. Your coverage will re-start as of the first day of the month following receipt of the required monthly premium payment. You will not be permitted to retroactively reinstate coverage for any period of coverage that terminated due to non-payment of the required monthly premium payment.
If you are on a leave of absence for military duty, you are permitted to continue medical, dental, prescription drug, and vision benefit coverage under this Plan for you and your covered dependents in accordance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). Please see the “If You Enter Military Service” section on the Life Events page for more information.
If your coverage ends due to termination of your employment with METRO, you may be eligible for COBRA for you and your family. Although METRO will notify the Health & Welfare Plan of your termination, you are also encouraged to inform the Health & Welfare Plan to avoid any delay.
If you lose Plan coverage due to the termination of your employment or any other reason, you may want to look into purchasing health coverage through a Health Insurance Marketplace.