Find Ways to Use Your Plan More 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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Video #1

Plan Introduction

  • How does your plan compare to others?
  • Understand terms, so you don't get trapped.
  • Don't get tripped up by "exclusions."

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Video #2 

How You Can Reduce Your Costs

  • What are ways my out-of-pocket costs can be reduced?
  • If I get better quality care and use primary care more, will this save money?
  • Will “Coordinated Care” help me recover faster and better?
  • If everyone works together, can costs be reduced for everyone?

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Video #3

Some Important Cautions and Medical Care-Use Tips

  • How could “Observation Status” in the hospital cost me lots more later?
  • Should a scary diagnosis be handled differently?
  • Are there dangers in self-referred clinical trials?

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Video # 4

The Most Information-Packed Video

  • How can my use of doctors, hospitals, labs and Rx be more effective?
  • When is “Informed Consent” not informed consent?
  • What is the critical ingredient in understanding your doctor correctly?
  • Why take a pre hospital-admission shower?
  • Why are written hospital discharge instructions so important?

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Video # 5

Be Prepared in Advance

  • Why advance preparation for your doctor’s appointment will ensure your best outcome
  •  Learn how support groups are good for your health and recovery
  • Why careful selection of doctors/hospitals on the basis of quality of care is important
  • Is the cost of medical care a good measure of quality of care?

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Video # 6

Who Should be in Charge in My Sunset Days/Weeks

  • How can I be sure my preferences for my last days/weeks are respected in case I can’t express these wishes near the end of my life?
  • What are voluntary Advance Care Directives and POLST forms, and what role can they play in my end days?
  • Could/Should I consider palliative care and/or hospice care?
  • How can “Caregiver Burnout” be reduced?
  • Helpful advice to caregivers

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I am on military leave. What happens to my family coverage?

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.

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