Claims Deadline Extension

The Department of Labor ("DOL") recently issued new guidance for Participant relief due to the ongoing COVID-19 Outbreak.

We are happy to announce that the Trustees extended the deadline for 2020 claims submissions.

2020 Claims
Original Due Date: 03/31/2021 Revised Due Date: The earlier of sixty (60) days after the announced end of the COVID-19 National or 03/31/2022

Even though the 03/31/2021 deadline is extended, we encourage you to submit your claim when it is ready. Once the Federal Government announces the end of the COVID-19 National Emergency, we will post the final due date here.

Important Dates

03/31/2021
2020 Claims Deadline Extended. See above.
06/18/2021
Projected July eligibility billing date
06/30/2021
Payments for July eligibility must be made by 03:00 pm PT
07/05/2021
Office closed for Independence Day

What's New

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ("ARPA") was voted into law on March 10, 2021. Plan Counsel is reviewing information from public agencies on the implementation of this new law.

We expect to begin notifying eligible members of the COBRA subsidy by June 1, 2021. However, we are waiting on the Department of Labor ("DOL") to issue model COBRA notices addressing the subsidy.

Once governmental guidance is available and the DOL issues the model COBRA notices, we will post on our website an approximate date the information will be distributed to eligible members. We will reach out to all eligible members at that time. To receive the notice as soon as it is available, make sure you are on email delivery.

If you plan to Upload or Fax your Claims
Please send each individual claim form (without instructions) and supporting documentation as a single, multi-page file or fax transmission. Do not include the language pages from the Explaination of Benefits ("EOB") documents from your insurance company.

If you cannot upload a single, multi-page, PDF file, please submit your claim via fax or US Mail.

You may now upload your documents
In December, we updated the way you can send us us electronic documents, see more at www.flexplan.com/Upload_Announcement. Incomming emails have been discontinued. If you are submitting more than one page, your documents must be scanned into a single PDF file or they will not be processed. Please note that the system will not accept password protected documents.

The Entertainment Flex Plan Office Remains Operational
To maintain a safer workplace, approximately one half of our staff is working remotely. Due to the pandemic, the Flex Plan office is closed to the public and is not accepting visitors or document drop-offs.

Incoming and outgoing mail cannot be processed remotely. As you know the US Postal Service has been affected due to personnel shortages and mail delivery times are delayed.

To ensure you receive timely delivery of your notices, we would appreciate your help by signing up for email delivery.

We also ask that you communicate with us electronically and refrain from using US Mail, if possible.

COVID-19 Updates
As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic's impact on Flex Plan Participants, the Trustees of the Entertainment Industry Flex Plan have approved the following:

⚬ The copayment for the testing of COVID-19 is waived for the insurance plans offered by the Flex Plan (Plan 60, Plan 80, and Kaiser)

⚬ The $20.00 reinstatement fee is waived through 01/31/2021

⚬ The 4% credit card convenience fee is waived through 01/31/2021

Sign-up for your Telemedicine Benefit before you need it
All of the medical insurance benefits offered through the Flex Plan have telemedicine. This allows you to make a video call (for less than an office visit) without having to go to a doctor's office or emergency room.

You can have a private and secure video visit with a board-certified doctor 24/7 on your smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. It is a quick and easy way to get the care you need with no appointments or long wait times.

When your own doctor is unavailable, use telemedicine if you have pink eye, a cold, the flu, a fever, allergies, a sinus infection, or other common health conditions. A doctor can assess your condition, provide a treatment plan, and even send a prescription to your pharmacy, if needed.

Important: You must register for this service before you can use it. Register now before you need to use it. Consider loading it on your mobile device so it will be with you at all times.

Registration Information:

  Plan 60 and Plan 80
⚬ Copayments $20 and $15 respectively

  Kaiser (California Only)
⚬ Copayment $0

If you don't have Flex Plan coverage, check with your carrier to see if they offer telemedicine benefits. If they do, be sure to register.

Checking to see if we have received a document?
If you are trying to verify receipt of a document sent via US Mail or Fax, please allow 5-7 days due to the high volume of documents received. Please retain fax transmission logs. Our new Document Upload page provides you with an immediate confirmation of your successful document upload.

Anyone who is considering or is already covered by an Exchange or Individual Policy should review this information first.
The group insurance rates for plans offered by the Flex Plan are always guaranteed for the calendar year. If you still have an individual or exchange policy, you should compare the benefits and rates of your current plan to the plans offered through the Flex Plan to see which option is best for you.

           www.flexplan.com/aca-compare If you are covered by Exchange or Individual Policy you cannot use employer contributions for the payment of those premiums. In addition, if you or your dependents are not covered by a group insurance contract, the employer monies cannot be used for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses (unless you have "Grandfathered" monies in your account). Your group insurance may be any group policy, it does not have to be a Flex Plan group policy. For more information please review our Frequently Asked Questions on this topic at www.flexplan.com/aca

Need to make a Self Payment?
You may make a payment after you log-in by clicking on "Self Payment Information". You can also make a payment through our Automated Member Services System, Option 2.

Welcome

The Entertainment Industry Flex Plan was created in 1985 to provide benefit solutions for Union Members in the Entertainment Industry. During this lengthy period of time, we have evolved to represent many affiliations of Unions throughout the United States and more than 31,000 members. As a result, we have learned and therefore refined what we do to continually improve service to our membership.


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