November is Smoking Cessation Month

Tobacco smoke still accounts for the #1 most preventable death in the US – accounting for 1 in every 5 deaths. Throughout the month of November, 689 Moving Metro will be providing resources to assist our members who want to become quitters! While out at the divisions, engage with us to receive:

  • Smoking Cessation tips sheet
  • Tobacco savings calculator 

Additionally, all states have quit-lines with counselors specifically trained to help smokers quit. If you need support, call the number below to be connected directly to a counselor in your area: 1-800-Quit-Now.

Our team is also looking for members who have successfully quit smoking for longer than one year to highlight for this month! If you have recently quit and would like to use your story to inspire others, please contact us at wellness@tehw.org to express your interest!

Smoking Cessation

 

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult_data/cig_smoking/index.htm

 

 

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How does the Spousal Credit work?

The 2012 collective bargaining agreement permits employees to receive a credit of up to $1,200 if their spouse opts out of the Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Plan’s health insurance program. It can only be used as a credit against medical and dental benefit expenses incurred as a Participant in the Plan. You must elect the spousal credit option each year.

Up to $100 per month will be applied to reduce the cost of your medical and dental insurance. It cannot be applied to reduce the cost of any supplemental life insurance you may have elected or of any other voluntary benefit.

Example

Your plan requires a monthly contribution of $80 toward single coverage and $208 toward family coverage. Here is how the credit will work:

  • For a family with only employee and spouse coverage, the spousal credit would change your plan from family to single (from $208 to $80) and the credit would further reduce the monthly contribution for single coverage ($80) to zero.
  • For a family with employee, spouse and children coverage, the spousal credit would not change your family plan coverage ($208), but it would reduce the $208 amount you pay to $108 (the maximum credit of $100 per month).

This credit is available to employees and retirees, but cannot be combined with the employee opt-out payment. This credit is available only if the employee or retiree remains covered in the Transit Employees Health and Welfare program.

You can only elect the spousal credit option during the annual open enrollment period, usually in May of each year. It will be effective for your premiums for the following July 1st. Download the Spousal Credit form here.

If you have more questions, please contact the Health and Welfare Plan Office.

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